Spotify is P2P software

I’d been having this weird issue with my internet connection recently. First I’d notice pages were loading slowly, then, almost not at all. Diagnosis via a few pings to some local sites would show a lag of 500 to 1200ms. Local sites shouldn’t take over a second to load. To fix the lag I’d reset my local ethernet connection and all was well again, for a while at least. I got close to contacting my ISP about it but I couldn’t reproduce it. How annoying.

These interruptions have got more regular lately and quite frustrating. Good internet is critical to me. It was during another one of these semi-outages, and I don’t recall how, I closed spotify. I think it had crashed or something and I thought it was because of the poor internet. Turns out it was the cause of the poor internet! Spotify is a P2P client! Without really letting you know, Spotify pretty much max-out your outgoing bandwidth to save themselves money in hosting. You can’t throttle the connection and even if you’re a premium customer like me, you can’t turn it off.

64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=7 ttl=57 time=505.017 ms
64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=8 ttl=57 time=547.947 ms
64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=9 ttl=57 time=521.872 ms
64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=10 ttl=57 time=20.812 ms
64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=11 ttl=57 time=20.243 ms
64 bytes from 202.175.135.197: icmp_seq=12 ttl=57 time=20.516 ms

You can see in these pings where I turn Spotify off. Incredible… And more incredible is apparently it’s insanely clever. How clever is it to be a piece of software which destroys your customers ability to use the internet?

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