Not everyone knows, but behind the service music Spotify there is a P2P network running. As the songs do not come only from Spotify’s servers, the speed streaming may be greater and the traffic economy helps keep the cost of the service. However, Spotify tells TorrentFreak that this network is being taken from the scene gradually and in the coming months will be disabled.
Today, when you hear a song through Spotify desktop applications, the file is obtained from the local cache on your hard disk, servers, Spotify or other users of Spotify that have music in cache. In 2011, less than 20% of the songs came from Spotify’s servers.
This is a smart way to decentralize the traffic and save on servers, allowing the service to grow enough and operating costs do not increase as much. This idea makes sense when we see that one of the main engineers of Spotify is the Swedish Ludvig Strigeus, the creator of the famous uTorrent sold application for BitTorrent in 2006.
But if the technology helped Spotify, why it is being removed? Asked about it, Spotify’s communications director in Europe, Alison Bonny, simply said the technology was no longer needed. “We are now at a stage where we can distribute music through our growing number of servers and ensure that our users continue to receive the best service.”
What is not clear is how Spotify will actually make money – take the P2P network certainly does not help. The service bleeds money: in 2011, the loss was $ 60 million; the following year, although revenues have doubled, the losses were even greater, at $ 77 million. Five years after the official launch, Spotify still survives with the money of investors.