well i hate to say this but after more than three years as a premium spotify user i may be leaving. due to constant issues with streaming quality things have come to a head and i am trying alternatives. currently got a 15 day trial to try with a rival. so far so good no constant pausing like i get with spotify. a bit different - going to take some getting used to, but for me the constant pausing has become a big issue. i will still be using spotify as i have almost a month subscription left. hopefully they can sort their issues in time. this has been happening for a month or two now so dont hold out much hope. a shame really, i havebeen a big spotify fan for a long time and drive my frinds mad saying how great it is. maybe it has outgrown itself - server issues maybe i dont know. i have 30mb connection and have tried all the tips listed on this community including turning off firewall (?!) and harware acceleration to no avail also tried running in poor sound quality mode - still breaking up/pausing.
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The p2p system is unique and a brilliant idea, as said above it contributes a lot to the flawless playback of Spotify, meaning tracks in theory never need to buffer. It also means the more people who are using the service, the better than performance becomes, whilst the opposite is true for server based systems.
Many ISPs block Spotify without even realising (since they are really aiming to block torrents), there was a case here on the community a while back with Hong Kong broadband pretty much blocking Spotify, one person got in touch with them and it was fixed a few days later.
If you are having issues with the desktop client and you think it might be p2p throttling related, try the web player and see if it works smoothly for you (since it doesn't use p2p).
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