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Block Spotify’s p2p network with Windows Firewall

If you’re like me and like to enjoy music without lagging, this article is for you.

Spotify uses p2p networks to distribute its music via the desktop client.  Mobile and web clients do not do this.

Regardless, ISPs are becoming more like nazis and are throttling people who use p2p networks.  Another issue is upload rate.  I have a very low upload, and if it is utilized my ping goes to hell.  I would rather not upload to listen to music.

I am a Spotify premium subscriber.  I would hope that a paying customer would be an incentive to make p2p optional, but Spotify does not see it that way.

This article is for Windows.  There are other open source Spotify clients such as despotify for unix-based systems.

To block Spotify p2p -

  1. Open up Windows Firewall in control panel
  2. Advanced Settings
  3. Inbound Rules
  4. Find the Spotify with UDP in its protocol column
  5. Double click it and say “block connection”
  6. Find the Spotify with TCP in its protocol column
  7. Double click it
  8. In Protocols and Ports, set Remote port to “Specific Ports”
    Enter 4070, 443, 80
  9. In Scope, set “These IP addresses
  10. Add 78.32.8.0/22
  11. Outbound Rules
  12. Create New Rule
  13. Program … (usually C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\spotify.exe)
  14. Repeat step 8-10

And you’re done.

Have fun listening to music without lagging.

BuddhaBarLyrics.blogspot.com

This started out as a learning experiment with Amazon Associate program and Google Adsense, plus some SEO work, to see how well I could compete against the major lyric sites.

 

My goal is to be #1 for search term ‘buddha bar lyrics’.  Not there yet, still working on it : ) We are now #1! Amazing what a few SEO touchups can do. Right now BuddhaBarLyrics gets about ~20 hits a day.

 

Buddha Bar Lyrics

 

If you’ve never heard of Buddha Bar before, it is some of the best New Age music out there.  Buddha Bar became popular through a restaurant’s music tracks, and have released at least 10 albums so far of music throughout the world.  Stop by the wiki for more info.

 

 

Announcing MusicGogy.com

 

Hi all,

I just launched MusicGogy.com’s launch page. It’s a long road from here, but worth the experience ^^

MusicGogy.com is a Music-learning Social Network

Go check it out and subscribe to the email list, like on Facebook, and subscribe on Twitter ^^.

Hello

Welcome to Vigrond’s Blog.

 

This will be a blog related to programming, flamenco guitar, & enjoying life in general : )