Goodbye, Spotify. I knew you were too good to be true.
This week, I was really disappointed to find out that Spotify uses an unlimited amount of your network’s upload speed for random time periods, several times per day. They use this bandwidth “reduce load on [Spotify’s] servers”, and there is no way to control this or limit it for free or paid users.
Spotify’s bandwidth-hogging has been a issue for people in Europe for over three years, and they’ve made no attempt to fix it. Spotify also makes zero attempts to notify users of these practices during the signup process - it’s buried in the EULA, and given a passing mention in one section of the FAQ. Rather than handling their own bandwidth like any other legitimate subscription service, they put us over our caps, and interrupt our work with random periods of unavailable upload bandwidth.
Now that there’s free access in America, lots and lots of people are going to install the software, and have no idea why their internet connections have suddenly gone to shit. Every instance of Spotify running in a multiple-computer household or on a business network will eat as much upload bandwidth as it possibly can. This is going to cause a lot of problems and inconveniences, but everybody will just blame their ISP.
Shame on you, Spotify. You’re violating the trust of a lot of people, and I really hope this comes back to bite you in the ass.