Single Status Update
do Spotify updates do anything? it just says update available!!! then it relaunches and... nothing changes.
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Because the way Spotify works is that the desktop app is a thin client that at its core is a chromium browser window running the UI (on the Microsoft Store version this would probably be Edge based instead but I don’t know for sure) which is entirely web based.
Anything involving decision making, algorithmic stuff, is done on the server side and communicated to the client minus the shuffle play algorithm which is done locally in the client.
The client is also responsible for: storing app preferences, displaying ADs as required by the server if the user isn’t a paying customer, caching songs to reduce how often they need to be streamed from the server, downloading songs for offline playback if a paying customer wants to download songs, and updating itself to make sure the customer has the latest version of the app.