Technical Devices

I am a total nerd, geek, what ever you call a guy that gets really fascinated by a device, app or tool. At least when the tool is really good. I have already put my love for SoundCloud into words and for Instagram and ifttt, but this time I want to talk about Spotify and Sipgate.


As you know I recently moved to Sweden. And a biiiig advantage of living in Sweden is that you are able to use Spotify for free and it’s legal. Spotify describe themselves like this:

“Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and mobile phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you.
And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.”

Unfortunately you can’t use this service in Germany, because of some copyright laws and the fu**ing GEMA (the German performance rights organization). Thanks to Marcel and Martin I know that there is a way to work around that. But so far I didn’t use it. Now I see all the benefits of Spotify:

  • you have access to millions of songs, artists, albums, and playlists
  • you can share playlists with others, and also subscribe to other playlists (which I use A LOT)
  • your iTunes library is automatically included in Spotify
  • haven’t used the mobile app, because I have no premium account YET! But there is one for iPhone, Adroid and others

But there is also one big disadvantage disappointment. I don’t know why OSX apps like Spotify or SoundCloud are not able to stream music to an AirPort Express!? It sucks! The mobile apps for iOS are able to stream.. Of course, you can use Airfoil. Since the update to Version 4.something it runs perfectly again. But why do I need to buy another tool for that, why can’t the OSX apps just stream music to the AirPort Express?


Sipgate is a simple VOIP provider. What you do, is simply make phone calls via the internet, like Skype. But with Sipgate you are not calling any other Sipgate users (what you mostly do with Skype), you call people on their phones (I know, you can do that with skype as well). The good thing is, Sipgate provides you with a landline from your home country – in my case: Germany. I was able to chose any kind of landline number, with the area code of your choice, of course I chose: Hamburg. Getting such a number is free. After that you can fill up your account with some money and use it like a prepaid card for mobile phones. I also chose the EU-flat, with which you are able to call any landline within the EU.

Sipgate offers apps for the iPhone, iPad or Android. Sipgate works very fine with 3G or Edge besides Wifi. With multitasking and notifications turned on, you are able to receive phone calls any time.

I also installed the tiny OSX app telephone. There are several other apps, add-ons and tools you can use, such as a VOIP phone, but I think I am very fine with Sipgate now.

The phone call quality is quite good. Once every 10th call, a call can be abrupt but that is more than ok.

So, do you have any new tools, apps, devices, …?

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  • Marcel

    Du siehst das Fehlen einer AirPort Express Unterstützung als BIG disadvantage? Obwohl du im Gleichen Absatz eine Lösung anbietest? Mh…

  • Markus Reuter

    @Marcel Ja, denn dadurch bin ich genötigt mir ein weiteres Tool zu kaufen, klauen oder sonst irgendwie zu besorgen. Vor allem, wenn man schon für so einen Service wie SoundCloud oder Spotify bezahlt, denke ich, sollte das enthalten sein. Aber ich weiß auch nicht, ob es an denen liegt oder an Apple bzw. der AirPort Express.

  • Marcel

    Ich sehe das als kleines Ärgernis, nicht als großen Nachteil. Ein Nachteil gegenüber wem überhaupt? Ist ja nicht so, dass Spotify irgendeinen ernstzunehmenden Konkurrenten hätte.

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Technical Devices