Originally posted by BartoIt's become a political difference to be sure, and that point of yours is valid and correct. My point that there was no technological difference to sharers is also valid and correct.
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There's no difference in the case of traffic hijacking tools, it's still iTunes that controlls the download: iTunes buffers data, then plays the music, then buffers again etc. (traffic bursts). Overall, you should have an outgoing traffic not bigger than the song's bitrate.
Leech tools, however, download at full speed (constantly), because the music does not have to be played. In that case, there is a difference.