Some desktop Spotify users have reported seeing an error message that reads “Can’t play the current song” when trying to play a song. It turns out that only some songs give rise to the aforementioned error message; others continue to play without incident.

The mobile version and a browser both play the troublesome tunes without issue. The entries in your hosts file or the offline song cache may be to blame for the issue at hand.

In this article, we will explain how to fix the aforementioned error message, so read on for specific instructions.

Spotify Can't Play Current Song


Method 1: Turn On Headphones Again

If you have the aforementioned issue, turning off and back on your headphones is the first step you should take. Rebooting the headphones has been reported to work by the vast majority of users who have experienced this issue with their Bluetooth headphones or earbuds.

When the Bluetooth headphones are turned on again, the song begins playing without any problems. If you are also using a Bluetooth headset or earbuds, we suggest rebooting that device to see if that helps.

Method 2: Change the value of Crossfade to 0

The aforementioned issue can also be brought on by crossfade. In case you were wondering, a crossfade is just the seamless transition between two different audio tracks.

Crossfade describes the change from one track to another in this context. As it turns out, occasionally the issue can be related to crossfade as indicated above and as such, you will have to set it to 0. For help with this, read on!

Step 1: Launch Spotify on your PC to get started.

Step 2: Click on your name at the upper right corner and from the drop-down menu, choose Settings.

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings screen and then click Show Advanced Settings.

Step 4: Now, under Playback, turn on Crossfade if it isn’t already and adjust the slider to 0 on the value bar.

Step 5: If Crossfade is active and at 0, you may choose to turn it off.

Step 6: After that, try relaunching Spotify to see if the issue persists.

Method 3: Delete Songs From Offline Storage

Unsurprisingly, the offline song cache is a contributing factor to the “Can’t play the current song” problem message. Some of the music or podcasts you listen to on Spotify are downloaded to your computer so that you can play them back without any pauses.

Problems like the ones described above can arise if this cache becomes corrupted or damaged.

You’ll need to delete the offline music cache if you want to fix the issue. Just stick to the steps outlined below to accomplish this:

Step 1: Launch Spotify on your device to get started.

Step 2: To access the settings, select the arrow that appears in the upper right corner, and then click the gear icon.

Step 3: You can access the advanced options by scrolling to the bottom of the Settings menu and selecting the corresponding link.

Step 4: Scroll down once more, and under “Offline songs storage,” make a mental note of the address given.

Step 5: After it is finished, launch File Explorer.

Step 6: Locate the folder containing your offline music in File Explorer.

Step 7: Afterwards, select everything by pressing CTRL + A and hitting delete.

Step 8: Now you may restart Spotify. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 4: Set a New Domain Name System Server

The domain name server (DNS) software installed on your machine may also be at fault. If this occurs, you’ll need to switch to a different DNS server, such as one supplied by Google or Cloudflare (two of the more well-known options). If you want to achieve this, just stick to the guidelines below:

Step 1: First, right-click the network icon in the taskbar, and then select Network and Internet Settings from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Select the Advanced button on the Network window.

Step 3: Select the More network adapter options menu item.

Step 4: After that, select “Properties” from the context menu that appears when you right-click on your network adapter.

Step 5: In the window that appears, double-click the TCP/IPv4 tab to open its settings.

Step 6: After getting there, select the option to “Use the following DNS server addresses” at the very bottom.

Step 7: Lastly, please enter one of the IP addresses for Google or Cloudflare.



Step 8: After that, select the OK button.

Step 9: Now, close out of Spotify and restart it to check if the issue persists.