Spotify, if you don’t already know, is a digital music streaming service which allows you to listen to some songs online. It was launched back in 2006 by a Swedish company, but the streaming service didn’t hit the markets until 2008. One of the main reasons for its success was its rapid growth (now available in 65 countries, and growing) and the company policy of providing DRM supportive content to its users. It initially started as a web player streaming service. Eventually became to be a full-blown application on Windows, Linux, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Soon it took over the console market too by improving its reachability to PS4, Xbox, etc.
Even now, the service lets its users and subscribers stream DRM free content of several verified artists of different genres from all over the world. While it can be used as a free service, the functionality is extremely low, and most users automatically revert to paying the monthly or yearly subscription plan chosen by them. There is also an option for the paid users to buy the service for a family at affordable rates where an entire family can share the same plan.
The problem that persists
This smooth sailing can go down very soon if the Spotify Web Player doesn’t work as it is supposed to. This, in layman’s language, means that you no longer will be able to stream or download any music. Over time this is a significant problem. However, it might only be a problem on your end, which is why this article aims at helping everyone having issues. Spotify’s Web Player is not playing music, showing an error, or just straight up not working.
Why does it refuse to work?
Well, the problem can be anywhere. It could be your computer or laptop, or it could be your browser. Or it could just straight up be the fault of your internet and your internet service provider (ISP). The type of problem can only be identified by the kind of message you’re seeing. The error message that pops up every time you try to play music on Spotify.
Fixing the problem
- Other websites load – If all the other sites based outside your area and zone load up just fine, then the problem might be with your ISP or Internet Service Provider. A lot of times our ISPs block out malicious websites or websites they think to be malicious. This is done to keep you away from giving potential payloads a vulnerability to attack their network. You could try restarting your modem or clearing your browser’s cache. If the problem persists, you should contact your ISP.
- Firewall – When contacting the ISP doesn’t seem to be the end of the problem, it could be because of your internet’s firewall. It might be preventing you from getting access to the Spotify website. This can be resolved by just turning the firewall off the next time you wish to visit Spotify.
- A different browser – If the problem persists, you can always try downloading a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.), to utilize the Spotify Web Player’s content fully.
- Update – Checking if your browser is up-to-date also has been known to be the end of the problem.