It isn’t easy being an IT manager. You have to watch out for all sorts of dumb users just waiting to click on the wrong kind of web link, install some piece of malware, or accidentally rm -rf his My Documents folder. Now they want to stream music to their desktops using Spotify, the peer-to-peer application that you’re sure will give you no end of grief.
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Spotify uses some particularly clever streaming technology to deliver all that instant music. It’s been described in an academic paper by Spotify techno-wizards Gunnar Kreitz and Fredrik Niemelä, who included some very interesting statistics and analysis of their measurements taken during one week in the early part of 2010. It’s a pretty dense technical read, but there [...]
Following on from the results of his online music survey, Leeds University music student Richard Pilkington asked me for my own opinions on Spotify, online music, and the future of music distribution. I spent some time putting my thoughts together and composed the following replies to his thirteen questions.