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Spotify – premium account without visa

Since i became a real fan of Spotify, i wanted to buy the premium version. Using Spotify on my mobile phone is great (thanks to Mobile Vikings for the 2gig data plan a month). But apparently, if you don’t have a visa or mastercard, one can not buy Spotify premium. Even through Paypal, it is obliged to have you visa/mastercard linked to the paypal profile.

After some googling i found this dutch website which sells spotify premium codes. Payments can be made to regular bank transfer. I did not try it but i will next week.

In Holland, there are already prepaid cards in stores like Albert Heijn. I don’t know any stores in Belgium that have them but it is said that it will come…

UPDATE: Ordered and a couple of days after, i received a gift coupon with a one month premium subscription. Worked out great :)

MS OneNote for Android

Starting today Microsoft OneNote is available for Android users. With up to 500 notes for free users, this is quite a leap for the Android community. MS Windows in combination with MS Office is still the market leader in office software so i think this might be a success story. At least, one doesn’t have to invest some money in other applications, for example Evernote. I haven’t quite tested it yet but i assume some neat synchronisation with the desktop version is one of the key features.

On the other had, there is still need of a windows live account. That’s one of the downsides in my opinion. Being a google services user for a long time, i don’t see why one wants to have a live account next to google. So i’ll pass on this one…

Spotify – Streaming Music

How sceptic i was when i first heard about “Spotify”. I thought of some kind of sketchy application which surfed upon the waves of legality and illegality. Also, why would I want to have all my music files in the cloud? What if the service isn’t available anymore or even worse; what if my internet connection fails.

Anyway, I thought to give it a try. I was quite impressed by the extensive music collection. I could find almost everything (also local bands). Except if you are searching the most “trve” black metal band lurking in the depths the Norwegian forests. But then again, they only release trve tapes…

Since I installed “Spotify” I am barely touching my own mp3 collection, because it’s so easy to search and play the music. I also installed the application on my android cellphone. Fantastic, now I have all the music on the go. Unfortunately, It’s only 48 hours for free on the phone but prices are very fair (9.99€). So fair, I’m going to order my account this week… and maybe deleting my mp3 collection.

However, I always ask myself: what if this service disappears? I guess there will be a lot of other companies coming out with alternatives but still.

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