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Does Skype route other people's calls through your system or transfer data off your computer to provide service to other customers? The Spotify model is very different than Skype.

Edit: I had no idea Skype worked like that as well. And I have the same reaction I did when I found out through personal experience that Spotify did that -> ⌘Q - Quit Spotify. I don't need to open my connection to the world and let a program suck up all my bandwidth just to listen to some music I can get from another source. I'm not the only person using my connection and I have other devices that I want to be able to use as much bandwidth as they need. The fact that I can't control that bandwidth consumption at all is bothersome and enough of a negative in my opinion that I won't use the service.




They do if they decide to use you as a super node.

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You already figured out how to control bandwidth consumption - quitting the application.

Do you really disagree with the p2p model that provides you with good services essentially for free, or are you getting carried away on the bandwagon? The Spotify and Skype EULAs [1,2] both disclose that they will use your bandwidth to provide the service.

The services provided by Skype and Spotify are way more valuable to me than the value of the bandwidth, and I expect this is the same for the overwhelming majority of people.

[1] http://www.spotify.com/us/legal/end-user-agreement/ (search for "bandwidth") [2] http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/legal/terms/tou/ (also search for "bandwidth").

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Skype is p2p.

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Just stating that it is P2P doesn't necessarily mean this. If there were skype servers that handled everything except for the actual individual call, and the individual call was in a connection directly between two clients (not through a server) and that would be enough to be able to say "Skype is p2p".

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=skype+p2p+architecture

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I don't think you understood my comment. I was simply stating that "Skype is P2P" is not a statement that is at all relevant to the conversation is above, it could be P2P and still not use your bandwidth when you are not actively using it.

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