I've just purchased a Sonos multi-room system. Totally amazing kit and no wonder everyone seems to rave about in magazines reviews and on internet forums like this one.
As most of you will know, one of the features is the built-in ability to connect to music streaming services such as Spotify, Napster, Deezer, Pandora etc, etc. (bypassing the PC or Mac).
Being in the UK most of these services are not available, however a few are, including the very popular Spotify.
Currently I use We7 via my iMac or other household PC's or laptops, although I'm still on the free subscription (unlimited use but with adverts, although I get Advert free days every week or so).
We7 isn't supported by Sonos (yet?) which is a pain.
So far I've resisted the temptation to subscribe to Spotify because of how it runs as a Peer-to-Peer (p2p) network and I don't like the idea of my computer becoming a server for other users on the Spotify network, as well as my internet capacity being gobbled up by the uploading of tracks stored on my computer to be sent to other users.
We7, like most streaming services, is just that; simple streaming from the service to your computer. It runs in the browser and there is no software or bespoke media player installed on your computer, other than what's already in there.
On the other hand, Spotify requires the downloading and installation of software on your computer and the setting up of a cache for the storage of music that may be accessed by other users. Again, I don't like the idea of that !
Ordinarily, We7 has most of what I search for, even if Spotify has more choice; and I'd leave it at that. However having got the Sonos system I'm quite tempted to try Spotify, although that invovles a Premium Service subscription of £10 a month !!
I just don't like the idea of my computers being enrolled into some p2p network, with the Spotify application running in the background, even when I'm not using that service.
Plus, I'm not sure what impact it will have on other internet use, such as streaming video (BBC iPlayer etc, ), VOIP phone calls, internet radio streams etc?
Are my fears unfounded?