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Spotify and Boxee Box by D-Link </br>a match made in heaven

Spotify and Boxee Box by D-Link
a match made in heaven

So i was at a Salesforce conference in Sydney a week ago called Cloudforce and Spotify did their presentation on their use of Salesforce (like Rypple) and how they integrate the packages in to their company with such great success. While surfing around the internet i came across Spotify’s competition page on Facebook, i thought to myself, no harm in trying and entered their competition and thought no more, as you do when you enter competitions.

So last night i get an email from Spotify saying “i won a Boxee Box and a 3 month subscription to Spotify on their Premium package” – i was jumping for joy. It’s not often i win something and for this to come out of the blue, i was totally wrapped.

Using Boxee and Spotify is just a match made in heaven. I can now have my home entertainment system hooked up together and pump out some great trax while im entertaining, working around the house or just chillin and taking time out.

To have Spotify working on the Boxee you must subscribe to the premium package, which is around AU$11 or AU$12 per month, which is nothing, what can you buy for that amount of money these days and spread it over 4 weeks. If you purchase an album in other services like iTunes, you are looking at up to $20ish dollars an album, so Spotify is just the perfect solution to downloading and listening LOTS to track and albums, either streaming it or actually downloading it to your mobile device or computer. Unfortunately with Boxee you can’t download it to the box but streaming is just fine.

Take advantage of your favourites and preload all your tracks into it, this way you can then walk away and listen to your line up of music without having to hunt around for it.

All in all, Boxee and Spotify is just perfect together for your home entertainment pleasure, inexpensive packages and a great range of music… check them out today!

Spotify logo

Spotify

 

How to use Boxee

Are you new to Boxee? Why not check out a new app within Boxee called “Butterscotch”,its full of Boxee tutorials.

If you navigate (from the main screen) to APPS > scroll through all the apps and look for Butterscotch > click on it and scroll through the latest entries, there are many tutorials on “how to use Boxee”.

Check it out!

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

Top 5 iPhone apps i use

So, first up, I must come clean and advise I have an addiction to iPhone apps! It doesn’t matter if they are paid ones or freebies, I just got to have the latest and greatest! My poor credit card gets a whacking from iTunes, got to keep the economy going hey! So as I flick through the many folders and the many pages of apps that I have on my iPhone, here are the top 5 I just got to have to get me through the day! 

In top place is the FACEBOOK app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8)
Event though there are still a few bugs in this app, it gets a huge amount of attention from me. Not only does it keep me up to date with what all my friends are doing, I always use this to post photos straight into my online profile so everyone knows where & what i’m doing… i’m a bit into the exhibitionist thing here!

Twittelator ProIn Second place is my favourite Twitter App, Twittelator Pro (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=288963578&mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6). Now if anyone can tell me of anything better, im all ears but I just love this app. It has so many awesome features for a twitter app. I also have the iPad version too which also rocks! Some of the features it has post to Facebook wall, create audio and video tweets, drafts and offline tweeting, create lists and view other users lists, nearby tweets, handles many accounts, oh and the list goes on and on, so get this app folks! Twittelator also comes in a free version, but why not upgrade and pay for the full version, it’s much better!

In Third place is the TWiT app. (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/twit/id299663499?mt=8)
I use this app daily, while i’m driving to work, when i’m at work and via my Boxee Box (and Boxee app for Mac, Windows and Apple TV). I love the how Leo and the team have developed this app so we are able to watch the live feed. I have my iPhone in the car cradle and stream the podcast while i’m driving or while I am being driven around. Even though it is irresponsible to have this streaming, i dont watch it, i just need to know it’s there! It’s a great app for anyone techie – keeps you informed and updated with all things technology and beyond! You can also sign into their IRC and be part of the live chat, even interact with Leo and the team while they are live to air. You can listen to the live audio podcast or view any of the past video/audio podcasts. So do yourself a favour and spend the AU$1.19 and grab this app.

Number 4 would be the original FourSquare app (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/foursquare/id306934924?mt=8), what better price… FREE! I had a good crack at Gowalla but  I was forever adding places to Gowalla. If I was in another place like the US, i’m sure I wouldn’t have to add as many places but for where I live, I was forever adding them. So FourSquare, you got my attention! So my non-iPhone, non-techie friends would ask “what is it?”. I always stumble on this one and say “umm it’s like you check-in, like a hotel, but you let all you friends know where you check in, it could be a cafe, a shopping centre, a park or even checking into your apartment”, but why would you want to tell your friends you are home? When you check-in you can become the “Mayor” of that place and people can take your mayorship off you if you don’t check into that place often enough. You also get badges, you can share photos, receive comments, you can also get freebies and discounts via this app and earn point. When I go travelling, I like to have a competition with my friends, to see how many points & check-ins each of us can get while we travel around. But that just me!

Lucky Last is my GPS. I am currently using Sygic (http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/mobile-maps-australia-new/id319361043?mt=8) Wow, currently its only $29.99 (this weekend – 26/02/11), When I paid for it, it was discounted to $60 and I thought that was good. So when I moved to Melbourne a few years ago, I had my Navman, which was a lifesaver, then my iPhone came along and the Navman has sat in my glovebox since then. With Sygic, you get map updates for free which is why Navman is still sitting in my glovebox, if only they learnt that people don’t like to keep forking out money after you have bought something… one day hey! I must be honest, I have found this app to be very reliable. Some of the features it has are:

  • All the maps are on your phone,
  • text-to-speech so it tells you the name of the street,
  • doesn’t require an internet connection (unless you want to, if you use internet with it, it gives you more features),
  • speed camera and red light camera alerts,
  • uses WhereIs aswell… Gone are the days of the dreaded street directory…
  • These are just some features, check them out for a full listing…

So, thats it! Top 5 daily used apps! If you have any apps worth me trying out… let me know… So what do you use…let me know!

NOTE: Twittelator Pro had a free update today, it includes:

  • Configure your own customer URL
  • Photo’s shown in app
  • See retweeters total count
  • Saved ReadItLater links
  • Emoji panel fix
  • Long DM’s will no tuse Twitlonger due to violation to twitter

 

Watch Lynda.com on the Boxee Box

Watch Lynda.com on the Boxee Box

So, I have an account with lynda.com but I don’t want to watch it on my laptop and keep switching from the tutorial video to the application I am learning about. Why not watch lynda.com on my plasma? I tried getting lynda.com to work through the Boxee browser app but it would not work as you can’t sign into it. I looked into creating an app but this is going take some time to learn and develop. In the end, I gave up.

D-Link Boxee Box

D-Link Boxee Box

I thought about it for a few days and it dawned on me….(insert light bulb here!)

 

I jumped onto the Boxee box and searched Bing for their login page and found it. So in the Boxee search box, enter this address: http://www.lynda.com/login/Login.aspx . This takes you to actual login page of lynda.com instead of using the front page portal. All you need to do now is to sign into your account and use your remote control to select what you want watch, and voila, Lynda.com on the big screen.

Now I can learn in the comfort of my lounge room with my laptop sitting on my lap – no more flicking screens!