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Free music on your PC
Thu 3-Feb-11
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Toffeeapple
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I was reading Frugal Queen blog when I came across a link to Spotify it's free to listen to your favourite music, so I signed up and have been playing some Medwyn Goodall, saves buying CDs.

I'll try that again!

Thu 3-Feb-11
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I luuuuurrrrrrvve Spotify, TA, I've got tons of music on there.  You can make up your own personal  albums - just use the search facility to look for all your favourite songs, then (here comes the confusing - well, it is to me - techie bit, lol wink) sort of drag and drop them to your own (named whatever you want) album.  Then sing away to your heart's content (best if no-one's around and the windows are shut - well, it is with my voice! big_laugh).

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Thu 3-Feb-11
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Thanks for that Sue, I'll have more of a play with it tomorrow when I'll be at home more.  You can't be as bad a 'singist' as I am!

I wonder what other free applications there are that we don't know about?

I'll try that again!

Thu 3-Feb-11
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wave  Oh I just tried it TA.  It is excellent.  I shall certainly be using it.  Thanks.  Listening to Eva Cassidy as I type.

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Toffeeapple said:

Thanks for that Sue, I'll have more of a play with it tomorrow when I'll be at home more.  You can't be as bad a 'singist' as I am!

I wonder what other free applications there are that we don't know about?


 

You're most welcome, TA.  I've had plenty of help already from you lovely people since I joined this forum (was it only a few days ago?), it's nice to be able to give something back. smile

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Aww, bless you!

I'll try that again!

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I can't use it steam as I am outside the UK.

Thu 3-Feb-11
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I use it, but get annoyed with the ads at times. Sometimes they are really frequent and annoying, and thenI tend to ignore it for a while until reminded, so thanks, TA. I found out about it on the Which? site.

You can get Flanders and Swan on there, and Noel Coward, and Tom Leher, and lots of baroque music if you want that. (I do!) smile And Gilbert and Sullivan, and musicals, and.... and... and...

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I can't use it steam as I am outside the UK.


 

What a shame, Joanna!

Fri 4-Feb-11
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Agreed, there are a lot of ads on there, especially during the day.  Not so many in the evening though......and very few and far between in the wee small hours when I'm in a 'not sleeping' mode!

The paid for version doesn't have the ads, apparently (but I'd rather suffer the ads and have it for free!).  I just close my ears to them (I'm quite good at selective hearing, lol), and they only last for 20 or 30 seconds anyway.

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I'm always suspicious with this kind of thing however I downloaded and installed spotify and the first thing I noticed was that it immediately searched out all music files on my PC even though I had declined. Seemed a bit like Limewire and Bearshare behaviour.

I searched for just how it works and was not suprised to find my thinking was correct. It is a Peer to Peer network, so whilst I was listening to music stored on someone elses computer, I watched as my own stored tracks were being uploaded from my internet connection to someone else.
 
I've deleted it now as my internet has a monthly data useage allowance that spotify can easily exceed.

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I don't know anything about what you just said, Bobby, as I'm not remotely computer savvy.  The last bit, about data usage, is interesting though.  As I also have a monthly data allowance I'll have to keep an eye on that, as I do use Spotify a lot.

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Fri 4-Feb-11
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The easiest way to explain P2P sharing  Sooliz is for you to imagine you have two computers in your house on a private network and you can access files on the second computer from your main one and vice versa.
The file you want is located on no.2's drive and travels to your screen via the wired or wireless connection.
In the case of Spotify, the computers with the program installed are a potential source of music files, so when you are switched on, it is running in the background, and even though you may not be using it, it will locate a song stored on your drive that someone has requested, upload it and deliver it to their computer using your own internet connection. That's the basic theory smile

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surprised That's like someone sneaking into my kitchen on a summer's day when I've got the front door wide open, having a lick of one of my freshly-baked iced buns, putting it back on the cooling tray, then sneaking out again without so much as a "ta love" eeek

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So, is it something to worry about or not? confused

I'll try that again!

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Anything that can get into your computer without you telling it to is a potential threat. By accepting the terms & conditions you effectively granted permission, so any security software you have will ignore it. 
Other than the fact it is robbing your bandwidth, it probably is safe,  but then if it is delivering visual and audio adverts at will, what else can get in and out? ......again I stress it is just my own opinion.

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