If you’re interested in the technical nuts and bolts of Spotify’s streaming service, head to the Pansentient League blog. It’s got extracts from an academic paper by Spotify’s Gunnar Kreitz and Fredrik Niemela explaining how the service works. Some of the standout stuff: only 8.8% of music is streamed directly from Spotify’s servers, with 35.8% coming from the company’s peer-to-peer network, and 55.4% from users’ local caches. Meanwhile, in a week-long analysis of music played on Spotify, they found that 88% of track accesses were for the most popular 12% of tracks, although 60% of all music content available was accessed at least once. The full report is available as a PDF from here.

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