I’ve had my eye on Spotify from quite a while now, but up until now, it wasn’t quite available in Belgium.
What is Spotify? Let me quote them on this:
Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: 8 million tracks and counting. You can create as many playlists as you like from this collection – just drag and drop the tracks you want.
And because the music plays live, there?s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive. You can listen at any time, no matter where you are. Through your computer or your mobile phone.
I’d be down for some of that if you know what I mean 🙂
Spotify Open allows one to sign up for spotify for free, without the need for an invitation-code.
The catch? Open is only available in countries that already had Spotify (UK, France, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden). That’s right, no Belgium….
And here’s how we get around that 🙂
1) Surfing from within the UK
Navigate your browser to a UK-based webproxy site
(in simple terms, using this website will make it seem like you’re browsing from within the UK, which in turn will fool Spotify into thinking are ‘allowed’ to make an account)
I’ve used DaveProxy for think.
Browse to the proxy-website, enter ‘http://www.spotify.com/uk/get-spotify/open/’ in the URL field and click go
Once on Spotify.com, click ‘Get Spotify Open > Free to use’
2) Creating your account
Select the ‘Open’ option, enter a username, email and password for your choice.
Only trick here is entering a UK postal code, you can google for one for use one of these: N1 6DL or LS18 5AZ
Enter the captca-text, check the box to agree with the user agreement and click continue. Your account is now ready.
3) Download Spotify
Download and install the Spotify-application, log in and you’re set!
One more thing….
Spotify open is capped to 20 hours of streaming per month. How much streaming time you’ve got left is visible in the top right corner:
But that’s better then nothing I guess 🙂
PS: If you want Spotify Unlimited or Spotify Premium, you’ll need a creditcard or paypal-account that’s registered in a Spotify-country. I’ll let you know if and when I find a way around this 🙂
PS 2: No thinkering with proxy-servers within the Spotify-application. I never entered one and it just works 🙂
Update – Added by @vromant:
Spotify will notice that you’re not in the UK when you’re using the service and will think you’re on holiday. They give you about 30 days (I think) to go back home and log in from there. So every 30 days you’ll need to use a proxy and log in or they’ll disable your account.
So back to using a proxy it is 🙂