One of Spotify’s most notable achievements since its launch has been reminding the music industry that peer-to-peer (P2P) technology isn’t JUST about piracy: it’s a way of delivering content as quickly and efficiently as possible. Hence Spotify’s famed ability to start playing tracks as they’re clicked on by users, based on the P2P network underpinning its desktop client. However, those days will soon be over, as the company shifts to an approach based on streaming music directly from its own servers. “We’re gradually phasing out the use of our desktop P2P technology which has helped our users enjoy their music both speedily and seamlessly,” a spokesperson tells TorrentFreak. “We’re now at a stage where we can power music delivery through our growing number of servers and ensure our users continue to receive a best-in-class service.” Spotify has clearly deemed the time right to shift strategy, although this will continue to put the company at the sharp end of the debate on net neutrality – even if video-focused services like Netflix are the ones most active around issues of ISPs prioritising certain types of content on their networks.

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