Monday, July 13, 2020

Facebook SDK, not Juice Wrld album, crashed Spotify | Music Ally

Music Ally is long enough in the tooth to remember the days when big music stars really could cause traffic spikes that might crash big digital services.

That’s rarely the case nowadays, which is why we were extremely sceptical on Friday when we saw the headline ‘Juice Wrld’s fans crash Spotify as posthumous third album drops‘. There’s no doubt that there was anticipation around the release of ‘Legends Never Die’, but surely not Spotify-crashing levels of anticipation.

Sure enough, the truth was more prosaic. Spotify’s iPhone app was crashing on Friday: listeners tapping on its icon saw it begin to launch before quitting out.

Rather than a flood of Juice Wrld fans, the reason was a problem with Facebook’s iOS software development kit (SDK) that also affected other apps using Facebook for users to sign in, including Tinder, Pinterest and Waze.

The problem was sorted out and the apps began working again, but it’s the second time Facebook’s SDK has caused this kind of problem in a matter of months.

Stuart Dredge


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