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Bascule
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Spotify

Hi All,
Just wanted to flag up Spotify (https://www.spotify.com/en/) here as I have just recently discovered it myself and it's quite impressive. It's still in beta and I think it's still an "invitation only" thing so if anyone wants an invite to give it a try then I have a few spare. And don't worry that its some dodgy file sharing thing - it isn't! You might want to be aware that it does use p2p technology though. Anyway, pm me if you'd like an invite - first come, first served!
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Re: Spotify

Loads of us listen to it in the office now Cheesy
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Re: Spotify

I use it and so do my kids we think its great. [I also have spare invites available if anyone needs one]
Talking of kids using it  Angry leads me to ask how do I identify spotify in terms of managing the use of it in peak time. Can I block it with the router like I block youtube?
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Re: Spotify

Much to the disgust of the OP (thanks for the invite) I started with Dolly Parton but now I am listening to a Jim Reeves playlist - great isn't it  Cheesy
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Re: Spotify

If somebody has a spare invite, I'd appreciate one.

Thanks @ Bascule - invite received!
James
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Re: Spotify

Me too please Smiley
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Re: Spotify

As my VMBU is currently knackered does anyone have any idea as to the bandwidth usage as it appears to be P2P
James
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Re: Spotify

Streaming.
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Re: Spotify

From the FAQ
What quality does Spotify stream in?
    We use the Ogg Vorbis q5 codec which streams at approximately 160kb/s.
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Re: Spotify

Thanks but according to this http://getsatisfaction.com/spotify/topics/how_exactly_does_spotify_utilise_my_internet_connection it uses P2P and I currently have 70MB stored on my computer
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Re: Spotify

If anybody is after an invite then they could do worse than give this a go! Wink
Regarding the bandwidth question...
From here...
Quote from: Spotify
What bandwidth does Spotify need?
We recommend 256 kbit/s. Spotify usually works well on a 3G connection.

256kbps x 60 = 15360kbpm x 60 = 921600kbph / 8 = 115200kB/h / 1000 = 115.2Mb
So if it did operate at the maximum of 256kbps all the time then you'd consume just over 115Mb per hour. That equates to just over 1gb after 9 hours continuous playback.

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Bascule
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Re: Spotify

https://www.spotify.com/en/help/faq/
The FAQ is quite helpful. It does cache the music on your disk so if you have a fairly static playlist then I guess your bandwidth usage will reduce over time.
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Re: Spotify

This is what my network monitor shows - guess not many people listen to Jim Reeves
Jim wonders if he made a mistake signing up to Option 1 10GB  Embarrassed
Update - stopping Spotify seems to stop the traffic
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Re: Spotify

Jim's right from that page:
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Carl-Axel, Official Rep, replied 3 months ago
Spotify uses a peer-to-peer network to relieve the pressure on our
streaming servers. We use a hybrid model where central servers and
peers work in unison to provide you the best, fastest experience in an
economically viable fashion.
Currently, the system is rather naïve, but the long-term goal is for
Spotify to recognize that the Internet connection is used by other
software and scale back it's own use quickly so as never to interfere
with whatever you want to use the connection for.
What sort of control would you like to have over Spotify's behaviour?
It's a trade-off between simplicity and configurability that we're
trying to navigate.

So their FAQ is a bit misleading, which isn't good.
I still have 4 invites left...
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Bascule
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Re: Spotify

I saw the "get-started" link posted elsewhere but then I noticed that they had been asked to remove the link so I thought I'd offer my spare invites rather that post the link. I think Spotify is starting to hit the mainstream now anyway so I doubt there's a problem with posting the link.
I too am on Option 1 10GB so I'll be keeping an eye on that usage...