publication . Conference object . 2011

An experimental study of client-side spotify peering behaviour

Stephen D. Strowes; Martin Ellis; Colin Perkins;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Oct 2011
  • Country: United Kingdom
Spotify is a popular music-streaming service which has seen widespread use across Europe. While Spotify's server-side behaviour has previously been studied, little is known about the client-side behaviour. In this paper, we describe an experimental study where we collect packet headers for Spotify traffic over multiple 24-hour time frames at a client host. Two distinct types of behaviour are observed, when tracks are being downloaded, and when the client is only serving requests from other peers. We also note wide variation in connection lifetimes, as seen in other studies of peer-to-peer systems. These findings are relevant for improving Spotify itself, and for...
free text keywords: QA76, Electronic mail, Peering, Computer science, Network packet, Computer network, business.industry, business, Peer to peer computing, World Wide Web, Server, Client-side
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