ZOMG I’m so in love with Spotify.
As a North American I had only dreamed about using the service that was supposed to save the industry. I’m not so sure about saving the entire music industry, but I can vouch for how slick and user friendly Spotify is.
But how did I get this amazing Europe-only music service as a land locked North American?
Well Business Insider has a very quick summary in their How To section:
- First, you’ll need a UK-based proxy server. Go to www.daveproxy.co.uk and enter this URL into the bar on the site: https://www.spotify.com/int/invitation/ and click Go.
- Now you’ll be taken to the Spotify registration page. You can see Dave Proxy running in the banner at the top. That means Spotify thinks you are visiting the site from a UK computer. Click “Try Spotify Now” to get started.
- Choose your user name and password. Then click “Go to the next step”
- Now comes the tricky part. You have to stretch the truth about your actual location and provide a real UK postal code. We did the work and found one for you. Use “W21EG” and fill out the rest of the form.
- Now choose the “Open” plan. It’s free! (via Business Insider)
Now click download to get the app for your desktop, launch the app and use the log in you just created. See wasn’t that easy? Enjoy it while it lasts friends!
Thanks d’Funk for your kind words. We are working on making BuyMyPlaylist easier to use
On the other hand, once you’ve gotten over the necessary registration hurdles, building and publishing “sweet playlists” is very easy.
Besides, BMP allows you to upload your own music (given you have all the rights to it) and build mixed playlists — a great way to promote one’s art “right next to” a well-known or inspirational artist.
Besides the ability to listen to your music offline with the premium mode, what is the difference between Spotify and Grooveshark?
Buymyplaylist looks cool too, seems like a neat concept, get rewarded with more music for making sweet playlists. And looks like a great way to discover new music. but Grooveshark seems easier.
But why would you need Spotify? For unlimited music? If so, there are so many other great services that offer easy access to millions of fully legit, high-quality tracks.
Consider http://www.buymyplaylist.com, for example.
BMP catalog has 10+ Million tracks from all four majors and hundreds of indie labels. You can browse their catalog, build and share with your friends any playlist your want — for FREE. You can purchase and download or stream available tracks at discount prices. Now, e.g., a playlist of 5 to 8 tracks can be purchased for only $2.88 (good with a promo code BMP288).
And, you can EARN credits to get MORE great music with no additional charge.
Try it! It BMP is available in the US, UK and Portugal. Its FREE registration is simpler than any of the “shortcuts” you describe (you can even use your FB ID.) More importantly, it is legal, and it benefits the musicians and the music lovers alike.
Well, if it works for you, then you can share my playlists @ http://open.spotify.com/user/makno
I’m a happy subscriber to spotify since two years
I believe Spotify will only let you use it from outside your registered country for 2 weeks. Then you’ll have to access it from UK again if you want it to work. Maybe you could set Spotify up with the UK proxy but it seems quite tedious.
2 weeks only! Anton you love crushing dreams don’t you.
I recently won a free 1 year subscription to Rdio during their December contests, and I must say, its growing on me, and it’s growing fast. The just signed deals with Merlin….just added The National to my collection 🙂
I almost did a story about this, but it messed up my wireless network and forced me to sit on the phone with customer service for three hours. Something in the security settings got tripped and I couldn’t find the wireless network in my house. It wasn’t fun. We you guys brave enough to try this out?
I got it working here Kyle. It’s quite a service. Although I’ve been using a hard line rather than wireless.
As for the service, I’ve definitely become a zealot.