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As someone who already pays for Spotify premium, I see the bandwidth as an acceptable further price to pay; if it results in a viable business model that can continue to entertain me. I would mind a lot more if it were just so they could save money. However, it would seem that for the sake of low-latency, the p2p layer is crucial.

Also fun fact: "In total, during the measurement period, 8.8% of data came from servers, 35.8% from the peer-to-peer network, and the remaining 55.4% were cached data"

Source http://www.csc.kth.se/~gkreitz/spotify-p2p10/




His point is that this cost is not mentioned before the point of sale and has to be discovered.

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For people outside of US, where we don't have service providers that screws us sideways, this is a negligible problem. But I can see the point for people who are routinely being scammed by their service provider.

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I take it you don't live in Australia.

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Canadian ISPs are pretty bad as well. Mine is decent - seems the East coast isn't as bad as the rest of the country - but this seems to be the exception, not the rule.

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I have cable internet in Quebec and the cap is really low. 120gb a month is to me quite low. I watch most of my tv,news,sports online now and I have to actively monitor it. Does nothing to reduce my total bw rate usage while I'm streaming. I guess my usage drops at the end of the month. It still doesn't help their claimed problem of congestion.

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120GB is low, but not nearly as low as other limits I've heard of.

I'm in Halifax, and the ISPs here seem pretty decent. Bell Aliant doesn't have caps at all - they used to be a distinct entity from Bell, IIRC, and are still sort of separate from the Bell that's often mentioned - and Eastlink caps at 250GB, or were planning to a few months ago anyway, but that's only for their 50 and 100 Mbps plans. The normal, standard-in-a-bundle plan is 20Mbps and is uncapped. I've been pretty pleased.

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Yes, the Maritimes do get good service. I've also had luck in the plains as well; Telus claims that they have caps, but they are not enforced. Shaw has caps on some plans, but not on all of them.

I do find it curious that the most densely populated region is the one with the worst service.

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