There’s nothing like ruining your ears by blasting your favorite tunes while studying up on photochemistry and reaction dynamics, but Oxford students will have to find somewhere else to go deaf. The prestigious university offers free Internet access for its students, but Spotify, the wildly popular music streaming service, has been grinding the network to a halt. That pretty much makes life more difficult for the students accessing the network to, you know, learn stuff. But some of the students who use Spotify daily calls it “discrimination,” with one student saying, “I use it loads. It’s the most comprehensive collection of classical music in one place.” To the students’ dismay, the university retorts, “The university provides free internet access for students because it’s an educational resource. If they want to use it recreationally as well that’s no problem unless it uses so much bandwidth that it slows the network down.”
We don’t feel too bad for the Oxford students. Call it schadenfreude since we don’t get that music streaming service in the U.S. yet.