Oxford Uni bans Spotify from its networks

Oxford University has banned its students from using online music streaming service, Spotify, after techies decided it was eating up all the academics' bandwidth.

Oxford University Computing Services (OCUS) said the amount of data that went into streaming music from the website was slowing down the network.

"Bandwidth that seems insignificant for one user will soon add up when scaled up to the many thousands of users," a spokesman told student paper Cherwell. "It is one thing attempting to justify a network upgrade on the basis of a genuine academic requirement, such as the petabytes of data expected from CERN when their latest collider comes online."

Some students are complaining but they don't seem to be up in arms. The angriest we could find was one first-year music student who told Cherwell the site was a valuable research tool for his degree. "I use it loads. It's the most comprehensive collection of classical music in one place. Much better than Naxos," he said.

Back in '68 they'd have rioted in the refectory.