Thursday, January 31, 2013

House of Representatives Pulls the Plug on Spotify

Alex Fitzpatrick/Mashable

It's a tough day to be a music fan and also a member of the House of Representatives: House officials have blocked music-streaming service Spotify from working on their chamber's computer network.

The blockade was triggered by longstanding House rules against peer-to-peer networking. Those rules were designed to stop House staff from sharing files illegally or downloading malware-ridden content.

"To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network," a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer told Politico. "While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities."

Spotify's not happy about the philharmonic filibuster, using lofty language about democracy and free speech in a statement to Politico:

"It is a sad day when a few bureaucrats can block our nation's leadership from enjoying free, secure access to over 20 million songs. Music is a common language that all political parties speak and should be used to bring the legislators of this great country together so they can solve the serious issues facing our nation."

Spotify users in the Senate can still jam away to their heart's content, according to Politico. Thankfully for members of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan's iPod has everything from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin — so maybe they can just take turns sharing.

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