A TV Box is a great method to spend your free time. You can enjoy hours and hours of high quality entertainment. At this point we need to consider what a TV Box needs. It needs great apps to be of great use to its owner. In Best apps Part 4 we will see some of the best apps you should download on your TV Box. Enjoy!
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The first app in our Best Apps Part 4 is Spotify. Spotify is, for your money, probably the best pure music streaming service there is. It features tons of songs, excellent discovery and playlist options, and it’s simple to use. It’s also one of the only streaming services of this kind that allow you to stream whatever songs you want for free (with advertising). It’s a solid overall option and one of the better Android TV apps out there. If you need something more encompassing and are definitely paying, Google Play Music is a good competitor, but if all you want is music streaming, Spotify is really good.
On 4 March 2009, Spotify announced a security flaw in the service, by which private account information (including email addresses and hashed, saltedpasswords) of members registered prior to 19 December 2008 were potentially exposed. Premium ecards (premium codes) were offered for the 2009 Christmas season that allowed recipients to upgrade an account to “Premium” status for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.
On 28 January 2010, Symantec’s antivirus software marked Spotify as a Trojan horse, disabling the software across millions of computers. In February 2010, Spotify received a small investment from Founders Fund, where board member Sean Parker was recruited to assist Spotify in “winning the labels over in the world’s largest music market”. On 18 May 2010, Spotify announced that two more types of accounts were available: Spotify Unlimited, an equivalent to Spotify Premium without mobile and other features, and Spotify Open, a reduced-feature version of Spotify Free, which allowed users to listen to up to 20 hours of music per month.
During 2010, Spotify paid more than €45 million to its licensors. In March 2011, Spotify announced that it had one million paying subscribers across Europe, doubling by September to two million. On 1 September 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced the company as a Technology Pioneer for 2011. On 25 March 2011, Spotify temporarily removed display advertising from external sources on its open and free accounts. This was the result of an attack which used a Java exploit to place malicious code on victims’ computers.
Before their free mobile and unlimited offer, in most locations, a six-month free trial period was offered, allowing the user to listen to an unlimited amount of music supported by visual and radio-style advertising. After the trial period, Spotify had a listening limit of 10 hours per month, divided into 2.5-hour weekly portions (unused hours carried over).
The only locations exempt from this rule were Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S., where ad-supported unlimited streaming continued on Spotify Free.
An “Unlimited” subscription removed advertisements and time limits, and a “Premium” subscription featured higher bitrate streaming and offline access. You can use the app without a premium account. Users can try Spotify Premium for 48 hours. They can achieve that by logging into Spotify Mobile for the first time, or getting a 30-day trial for their first month. An active Facebook account was required to use Spotify if the user signed up via Facebook; but, as of 30 August 2012, the option to create a Spotify username was again offered. Subscriptions required credit/debit cards or PayPal accounts registered in certain countries. Alternatively, you could buy prepaid cards in retail stores in select countries.
The second app in our Best apps Part 4 is VLC.VLC is one of the most popular video players in the world and one of only a few that are compatible with Android TV. People know VLC for its high compatibility rate with a ton of different file types and you’ll be able to watch all kinds of video with it. It also supports music if you need that as well. It’s an all-in-one solution that should fit virtually everyone’s needs. It’s also completely free with no advertising and a range of other useful features.
VLC media player (commonly known as VLC) is a portable, free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. It is available for desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, such asWindows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, Android, Tizen, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. VLC is also available on App stores such as Apple’s App Store and Microsoft Windows Windows Store.
VLC media player supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-Video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream media over computer networks and to transcode multimedia files.
The default distribution of VLC includes a large number of free decoding and encoding libraries. This removes the need for finding/calibrating proprietary plugins. The libavcodec library from the FFmpeg project provides many of VLC’s codecs. Apart from that, the player mainly uses its own muxers, and demuxers. It also has its own protocol implementations. It also gained distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux and OS X. They achieved this by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library.
This was our Best apps Part 4.
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