Why Does Spotify Cut Off Songs At The End? (Solved)

Spotify is the world’s leading music streaming platform, and its free and Premium options offer plenty of great features. There are occasions, however, when songs don’t play through until the end.

Having the beginnings and ends of your favorite songs cut off is frustrating, especially when you are about to get the best parts of a song!

In this article, we’ll show you how to ensure that doesn’t happen.

Here’s Why Spotify Cuts off Songs:

The free version of the app will interrupt listening every 2-4 songs with featured adverts. Your device could be low on storage space, or the Crossfade app setting may be enabled. If you use a Sonos speaker, there may be a linking error between Spotify and your speaker. 

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Why Does Spotify Not Play the Entire Song?

There could be many reasons why Spotify is not playing your favorite songs in their entirety.

Let’s dive into some of these reasons:

Check what version of Spotify you’re using.

Although the free version of Spotify has many great uses, it often falls short compared to Spotify Premium.

One of the snags of using the free version of Spotify is that featured adverts will play every 2-4 songs. Adverts are a way for Spotify to increase its revenue among Spotify Free users.

This might be one of the reasons why Spotify is cutting your song just as it’s getting to the good part!

Your device may be running low on storage.

Spotify recommends 250MB of free storage as a healthy buffer to ensure your streaming goes smoothly.

If your drive is almost full and Spotify is not playing songs, you could try clearing some space by deleting some photos or files and then try Spotify again.

You need to restart your device.

Rebooting often takes care of a glitch or memory overload if your device has not been restarted for some time.

Restarting your phone or laptop might help you get to those last beats in the song you’ve been waiting for.

Please also read our article about why some songs cannot be played on Spotify.

How Do You Make Sure Spotify Doesn’t Cut off Songs?

Using the Premium version of Spotify should ensure your music listening experience goes completely uninterrupted.

Spotify Premium can be purchased for $9.99/month.

Unfortunately, some Spotify Premium users have also experienced songs cutting off. While unexpected gremlins could creep in, ensuring your app is up to date can mitigate many issues.

An outdated app may cause issues when Spotify is playing back your music. It’s best to keep automatic updates on.

Here’s how to turn on Automatic Updates on your device:

Android Users:

  1. Open the “Play Store” on your device.
  2. Search for “Spotify” and open it.
  3. Tap on the 3-dot menu at the top right corner.
  4. Turn on “Auto-Update”

iPhone Users:

Apple has a more universal Automatic Updates setting, which works for all the apps on your iPhone. To make sure you have “Automatic Updates” turned on for your iPhone:

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Choose “ iTunes & App Store”
  3. Turn on “Updates”

It’s also worth checking the settings on your Facebook app, as some users have reported Spotify stops when Facebook is open.

Can You Avoid Spotify Fading From One Song into the Next?

Spotify has a feature called Crossfade, which allows you the ability to fade one song into the next.

Crossfade enables two songs to overlap as one ends and the next begins. We have more here on how Spotify fades songs in and out.

Of course, not every user will enjoy this feature. There isn’t a perfect setting for everyone, as each individual’s taste may vary. Using trial and error will let you know what you like, enabling you to dial in your favorite settings.

Here’s how to adjust your Spotify crossfade:

Android users:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Press the menu icon.
  3. Select “Settings”
  4. Scroll down to “Crossfade”
  5. Tap and drag the slider to select the desired amount of Crossfade, or slide all the way to the left to turn Crossfade off.

iPhone users:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Press the menu icon.
  3. Select “Settings”
  4.  Choose “Playback”
  5. Scroll down to “Crossfade”
  6. Tap and drag the slider to select the desired amount of Crossfade, or slide all the way to the left to turn Crossfade off

Spotify also has a unique feature called AutoMix, which matches beats to transition seamlessly between songs. In other words, Auto-Mix works like your own personal DJ.

This may result in song intros or outros being skipped. This feature works on “Shuffle-Mode” on the free version of Spotify. Though, not all playlists support Auto-Mix. 

If you find your songs are not playing in full, it may be due to the fact that Auto-Mix is enabled. 

Here’s how to access this feature on both Android and iPhone:

  1.  On Spotify, tap the “Home” icon.
  2. Next, Choose “Settings”
  3. Scroll down to “playback”
  4. Toggle “Automix On or Off.

Check out our article about how Spotify Shuffle works!

Is Spotify’s Crossfade Feature Automatically Enabled?

The Crossfade feature is not enabled automatically for Spotify users. Make sure it hasn’t been turned on by mistake, and reset it back to zero if it has.

Often, you’ll want the Crossfade feature off as you might want to hear your music all the way through to the end, especially if you’re listening intently to your favorite artists or albums.

But, if you are at, say, a party and want to keep the music flowing and the dancefloor grooving, you could switch the Crossfade feature on to keep the tunes flowing into one another.

Do You Need Spotify Premium to Disable Crossfading?

You don’t need the Premium version to turn off crossfading.

Using the same steps mentioned earlier, you’ll be able to adjust Spotify Crossfade to your liking on whatever version you’re using.

Remember that on the free version of Spotify, you will only be able to listen on shuffle or listen to playlists.

Does Spotify Have Problems With Playing Entire Songs on Sonos?

There have been reports of people having one or two issues when using Spotify via a Sonos speaker.

Spotify and Sonos have a partnership that allows all Spotify users to connect directly from the Spotify app to their Sonos wireless speakers. This allows Spotify users to bypass the Sonos app if they want to. 

If you’re experiencing connection issues with your Sonos devices and Spotify app, it’s recommended that you update your Sonos system to the latest version.

However, reinstalling both apps will remove any leftover corrupted files from previous installations that may be causing connection or playback issues. This will establish a fresh connection between Spotify and Sonos which should resolve your playback issues.

Here’s how you can do this on your Sonos device:

  1. Go to “More”
  2. Choose “Settings”
  3. Then, choose “System Updates”
  4. And finally, choose “Check for Updates”

If you are experiencing glitches in playback when connecting via Bluetooth to a different type of speaker, take a look at our easy solution guide to Spotify disconnecting Bluetooth.

What if The Problem Persists?

If your problem of Spotify cutting off the ends of songs persists, it’s recommended that you do a full re-install of your Spotify app. Make sure to restart your device as soon as the installation is complete.

Restarting your device is always a good practice after an installation, as the process of turning the device off and on again speeds up the performance of the device.

This results in RAM being flushed out, and the temporary memory on your device is cleared.

As mentioned earlier, always check your Spotify account is up to date. On the App Store on iOS or the Google Play store on your android device, you can check for Spotify updates.


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