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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Spotify to Take Down Its Peer-to-Peer Network

Spotify to Take Down Its Peer-to-Peer Network

Spotify to Take Down Its Peer-to-Peer Network

Added: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
For over 5 years now, the well-known music streaming service has relied on peer-to-peer technology to deliver music to its millions of subscribers, but this practice will cease soon. Spotify has started to phase out peer-to-peer technology in favor of central servers.


Allowing to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional advert (or free of adverts for an insignificant subscription fee), Spotify seems to be a serious competitor to music piracy when it emerged back in 2008. In the following years Spotify became popular in 61 countries, accounting for dozens of millions of users. This success was in part made possible due to Spotify’s heavy reliance on peer-to-peer technology.

In fact, the streaming service has long been one of the largest peer-to-peer networks on the Internet. When its users play a track, this could come from either a cached file on the PC, one of Spotify’s servers, or from other users via P2P. According to 2011 statistics, of all tracks that weren’t accessed over the web, about 80% went through the peer-to-peer network, which allowed Spotify to reduce server resources and associated costs – a big deal for a startup.

Unfortunately, this practice can soon cease, as Spotify announced it was going to discontinue its peer-to-peer technology altogether and switch to central servers instead. The company representatives explained they are gradually phasing out the use of desktop peer-to-peer technology that has helped the subscribers enjoy their music both speedily and seamlessly.

The matter is that Spotify no longer needs P2P to guarantee that all tracks could be played with the lowest lag possible, and therefore in the following months the company will effectively shut down its P2P servers. Spotify explained that it can power music delivery via its growing number of servers and ensure that the subscribers continue to receive a service of high quality.

It should be admitted that P2P has been central to Spotify’s success for several reasons – for example, it allowed the service to scale up quickly without having to invest heavily in servers and bandwidth, which must have saved it millions of dollars. By the way, one of the lead engineers of the company is none other than Ludvig Strigeus, the original creator of uTorrent. He sold the app to BitTorrent Inc. 8 years ago, and part of this money may have gone into the development of Spotify.

Industry experts believe that Spotify’s departure from peer-to-peer networks can mark the end of an era, but ordinary users won’t notice the changes, just like the fact that they have been sharing music with everyone from all over the world for many years.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

April 23rd,2014

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Date:  Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-04-24 12:32:27)
Faceless42001 avatarIs this an article about Spotify or an ad for it?

posted by (2014-04-29 05:55:39)
No avatarAllowing to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional advert (or free of adverts for an insignificant subscription fee)

One must wonder what an 'occasional avert' or an 'insignificant subscription fee' ADDS Up to on the Bill they WILL be Sending YOU Monthly. I also agree with Faceless42001 that this thing reads more like an AD for Spotify, stressing the point that now that they have generated enough revenue from subscribers to invest in more servers after having relied on P2P which is almost constantly vilified by the MSM, upon which they built their services, it will like most everything else about you WILL become more 'centralized'(especially in the USA) where they are archiving everything, anyone does on the Internet or Telephone, under the PHONY ASSERTION of it making you 'Safer', which any thinking mind knows is a PURE ILLUSION!! Next it will be a Drone over every part of the Nation, certainly seems Socialist/Dictatorship like in it's methods and desires, regardless of what they wish to call it. Finally, you still won't own anything, your just renting it every time you stream the same music, TV Show, Movie or any other content on sites such as Spotify, Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc, etc.. (for just $1.99/Episode of a TV Show through a Pay Service like Hulu Plus, and leaves you with nothing of any value in the end of the scheme, and (at those Rates it's likely Cheaper to wait and purchase an Entire Season or Multi-Season Pack on DVD's) after they have been released for a while (driving prices down), at least then you own it and can watch it how ever many times you might want to (for no Fees at ALL), or convert it into what-ever format you may desire! The worst part of Hulu Plus and others like it can only offer what is on TV or at the Movies, and lately TV has been getting to fewer and fewer shows worthy of viewing (especially for a Fee) that doesn't make you an Owner of the Media of the day. I know there are Stream Recorders, but they would technically be Illegal if anyone read the entire 'User Agreement' which is strictly a one-sided set of rules, that always favors the Corporation/Company rather than the End-User! Naturally all this will also need to be collected by NSA to 'guarantee our continued safety' and Remain in Said Archive for a mere 7 Years (sounds more like a prison sentence), than anything having to do with really protecting USA citizens!

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