Spotify, network resources, and you (with a bonus FB question)
December 21, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
What kind of network resources does Spotify consume, especially on the upload side, and how much is it like a peer-to-peer structure?
posted by randomkeystrike to Technology (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been dabbling in Spotify, and while I can find stuff on the internets (and play with it) to find out about its features and library, etc., the thing that seems to be completely deep and dark is what kind of network resources it takes. I'm particularly concerned about network bandwidth. I know all streaming music is kind of bandwidth-heavy, but the particular thing about Spotify is that I understand it uses a kind of quasi-peer-to-peer structure to speed up the time it takes to start your music. And that's where my tech knowledge stops. I've read that the amount of upload resources it uses while you're listening is a secret, which bothers me. But perhaps I've misinterpreted what I've read.
While Spotify appears to be a legit service, this seems spookily like a bit torrent kind of scheme, and having fought a pretty extended scrap lately over an employee who wanted to use bit torrent at work, I don't want to be found to be doing anything that smells like it at all or takes up a lot more upload capacity than a typical streaming music scenario. We're lenient at work about bandwidth use, but I don't want to stand out like a sore thumb.
Bonus FB question: does your Spotify tracks listened to show up to your friends when you have NOT actively "shared" the track(s)? I can't see it on my own page, but then when I switched to timeline view there some of my activity was. I don't really want to show everyone everything I listen to.