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Oxford University Bans Spotify

by David Brooks | 18.01.2010 (Oxford Student News website) report that Oxford University has banned Spotify. The reason for the ban is that it takes up too much bandwidth, so they’ve banned it altogether. See below for a quote from Cherwell:

“Students have expressed their shock this week at OUCS’s decision to ban the popular music sharing website Spotify.

The University’s computing services, OUCS, attributed the ban to the excessive bandwidth that the program requires, especially when so many people are using it.

The decision has not gone down well with students. “I was shocked when I realised there was a total ban,” said Finola Holyoak, a first-year student at Lincoln.

Students were baffled when Spotify suddenly stopped working, and no explanation was sent out as to why such a popular site was banned. A second-year Economics and Management student describing it as “discrimination against music lovers… I hoped that it was a technical glitch, and that the university would be able to fix it. I never realised it was against the rules….”

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