I have been running Spotify on one of my Windows systems for a while now, mostly for testing purposes using a free guest account since I do not listen to enough music per month to justify paying for a streaming music service.
The Spotify client has one annoying behavior: it won't quit when I hit the close icon of its window, use Alt-F4, or right-click on its taskbar entry and select close window.
The only apparent option to exit Spotify completely is to right-click the software's taskbar icon and use the Quit Spotify option that is displayed here.
This is not really intuitive and requires too many clicks in my opinion. Are there ways to close the Spotify client faster? You bet they are, and I have them all for your.
Before I do, it is probably a good idea to find out why Spotify makes it more difficult than it should to close the client. There is no official confirmation for this, but since Spotify uses P2P technologies to power some of its streams, it relies on users keeping the client open. Even if you pay for Spotify, your computer is being used to upload data to other Spotify users.
You can use a bandwidth monitor to check how much upload bandwidth Spotify is using on your system.
Pro Tip: If you believe that Spotify is using too much upload bandwidth, try limiting the bandwidth that the client can use.
1. From within the client
One of the easier ways to close down Spotify completely is to use the File menu on top and select Exit there. You can use the keyboard shortcut Alt-F, then X for that to terminate Spotify completely on your system.
2. Using the system tray
Right-click on the client's system tray icon and select the exit option from the menu here. You can also disable the taskbar icon here if you want by checking "hide from taskbar when closed". This minimizes the Spotify software to the system tray when you click on the close or minimize buttons in the program window.
3. Command line magic
You can use taskkill.exe to terminate the Spotify process. The command to do so is c:\windows\system32\taskkill.exe /f /im spotify.exe. I have uploaded a bat file for you that you can add to your desktop or to another location. To close Spotify, simply click on it to do so.
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