Spotify Alternative for PPC

Dronecatcher

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Obviously not as mature as Spotify (yet), Youtube Music still offers a way in to listen to new music and save playlists online etc:

https://music.youtube.com

The website is fairly demanding but can be reached with Leopard Webkit and TenFourFox - better still use Fluid (relinked to Webkit) or a FoxBox - either way make sure you have the most up to date user agent in place or it won't work.

I've been trying it on my 1.25Ghz MDD and DLSD - on opening it pushes 100% CPU but once you select your music it settles to around 40% - obviously multiprocessor Macs/G5s will fair better :)

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swamprock

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Command line players on Linux:

http://tizonia.org/

Interesting. I was aware of Piano for linux and PianoPPC for 10.4/10.5 (Pandora command line clients), but didn't know this existed for Spotify and other services. I admit, though, that I hadn't quite explored getting Spotify running in PPC linux beyond the Clementine client (which didn't work). Hopefully someone will give this a shot building these for 10.4/10.5...
 

Dronecatcher

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As an aside...my free Spotify account on my Mac Pro has been advert free for weeks now - anyone else noticed that?
I do have an edited hosts file but it's never had that effect before.
 
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bobesch

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Like with Dropbox I stopped searching for a generic PPC solution but instead take the low way and use my smartphone to connect PPC with the cloud.
For Dropbox it's iOS/iFiles, for streaming music it's 'LineIn' from RogueAmoeba.
Too bad all capable PPC-machines are left behind...
 
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Dronecatcher

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Another one I've just tried is Deezer - in a Fluid app with an Internet Explorer 7 user agent, the app uses 5% CPU whilst minimised, again on my 1.25Ghz MDD.
 
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Alas, when minimised there's a glitch where the playback doesn't move to the next track - seems the app needs to be visible to proceed, regardless of what ua is tried.
Best compromise so far is IE 10 ua and app visible as a thumbnail sized window - 20-22% cpu - maximise to select playlists etc.

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Guys I've just found another alternative, and it seems a pretty good one. It is a site which streams mp3 songs files on the web with a nice search function. It runs rapidly and perfectly on latest Tenfourfox. Maybe it is not so legal so, if someone wants the link, just PM me.
 

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I got a miniupnp (+samba) server running on a single core intel atom linux thin-client 24/7, uses 40W max. It serve multimedia (including audio) to my PPC macs running VLC Player.

No need for spotify. This is independed and will work stable for years without worries about getting "obsolete" :)
 

AphoticD

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The whole point with Spotify is the ability to listen to music you don't own - to have a taste before you buy.
Streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music will also pay out (minuscule) royalties to the artist each time a track is streamed. Even though it’s a fraction of a cent, it is better than flat out piracy.

There was a time when musicians could survive off music sales + playback royalties, but unfortunately those days are over. It seems the only way to survive as a musician now is to tour endlessly.

These streaming services have opened doors to for the listener to find new music, but at the same time they have devalued the music in the same way that instagram has devalued the art of photography.

The consumer simply moves on to the next trend with a tap and a swipe and forgets about what they just listened to or saw. For many, it’s instant gratification with little regard for what goes into the work.
 

Dronecatcher

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These streaming services have opened doors to for the listener to find new music, but at the same time they have devalued the music in the same way that instagram has devalued the art of photography.
I agree to a point but I don't want to go back to the old days of buying an album based on the lead single to find out it's terrible or more likely, to buy an album based on a glowing reviews from the music press to find out I've wasted my money again.

Also, I don't think Instagram has devalued photography but the technological advances of smartphone cameras have. Thanks to assistive AI and HDR, it's almost impossible to take a bad shot with an iPhone - learning the rules of exposure and understanding your cameras settings are quashed with a simple point and click of the phone.
 

AnonMac50

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Does Spotify not work anymore on PPC? I was using it on a PowerBook about 2 months ago but I have been too busy and haven’t used any of my PPC Macs lately.
 

AnonMac50

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Hmmm... intresting question. Maybe, the time has come to compile a wireshark.
I just tried one the iBooks i had lying around (it's actually what I'm using to type this up right now). Unfortunately, no can do, no connection on Spotify whatsoever. I can log in , but it won't load my playlists or anything. Unfortunate.