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Introducing Spotify

A few years back I was introduced to Spotify – a place where listening music didn’t meant searching, downloading, saving, adding into your player’s playlist and then finally enjoying the track but meant – searching and simply hitting enter for enjoying a track.

Spotify is a music streaming application which many people confuse to an alternative or call it like iTunes. But it isn’t so. Spotify requires a simple registration, a quickfire installation and that’s it – too unlike iTunes. As far as streaming goes, it’s pretty impressive and pretty quick – again unlike iTunes. You hit enter and the track plays. The track plays as if it’s running from your hard drive.

Spotify isn't much different than a traditional music player. Only difference is, it needs an internet connection!

Moreover, you can create playlists; the built-in player is decent and the overall interface is not bad either – a pretty good package for an internet streaming application.

And it is free however the free version is not unlimited. Spotify Open version is now a (yes, it was unlimited in the pastL) limited version – meaning to say, it lets you stream non-stop for 20 hours a month. Thereafter, every week starting one week after the end of 20 hours, you get extra 5 hours.

To be clear, it is 20 hours of music streaming which is like, on an average, listening to 300 songs a month.

Not bad but not good either for music freaks. There are paid versions too – two of them. But what here is important is, the pace at which Spotify lets you stream music and I’d have no doubt saying that it’s probably the best way right now to share music legally.

But there is one major problem though. Spotify is only availble in select European nations. So how did I run it? Well I found a few ways on the Internet. And you can too.

All you need is a European proxy server (like and use this link in that server to register and download Spotify.

Anyway after using ‘Spotify Open’ for more than 14 days, the server will know you are using it outside the prescribed location and will disable the usage.

Thereafter you’d need to think out of the box, be a badass and find a way to run Spotify. There are ways, but I’m not spilling those beans here.

If you live in Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom, well you can have Spotify without any hassles here.

Spotify is amazing and a brilliant application but only if it were available to all countries. A launch of Spotify US is expected somewhere in a few months time with Sony music already signing with the company and Universal is said to be close. But globalization of the product isn’t expected to be sooner.

Let us hope.

The return of LimeWire

Following a court order served on the October 26th, 2010, the popular media streaming application LimeWire was shut down. But not long after the software was resurrected – resurrected of course not by the original developers but by some secret developers’ team.

The site TorrentFreak got the following quote from an unknown source:

On October 26 the remaining LimeWire developers were forced to shut down the company’s servers and modify remote settings in the filesharing client to try to harm the Gnutella network. They were then laid off.

Shortly after, a horde of piratical monkeys climbed aboard the abandoned ship, mended its sails, polished its cannons, and released it free to the community.

The Pirate Monkeys not only made LPE much better, they also changed the LimeWire loading screen to this!

The available version of LimeWire is being called as the LimeWire Pirate Edition (LPE) and is available to download via BitTorrent clients. The LPE is not just the copy of any LimeWire that everyone  could have downloaded but mind me, it’s loads better. The secret team apparently did some more tweaks before releasing the package on the web and made the pirate version freakishly better.

The LPE boasts all functionalities of the premium and paid ‘Pro’, the Ask toolbar was unbundled, all dependencies on LimeWire’s servers were removed, and all remote settings were disabled making LPE too good to be true.

Sources claim that the piratical monkeys are doing so ‘for the benefit of the community’. Ha!

I did give the software a try for my post’s sake and it work all smoothly. If you are keen on exploring it, go on and give it a try here but of course only for “exploring” purposes.

The LimeWire developers have clarified they have nothing to do with the LPE and have already issued a ‘cease and desist’ notice to the secret developers. Also, it is learnt that the search for the LPE developers in on at full throttle.

But be whatever it may be, millions of users are using the LPE and it is unlikely that the LPE will be shut down in the near future, unless of course if the RIAA and LimeWire developers catch hold of the Pirate Monkeys.


Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 20, 2010 at 1:02 am

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