Big news iPhone and iPod Touch users – you can now get live TV in the UK on your Apple devices.
Before I explain and you explode in excitement, you need to head straight over to http://iphone.tvcatchup.com to get the service.
The service is in beta so you only get some of the Freeview channels, but all the big ones are up on there.
I’ve just tried it now and it’s absolutely brilliant. The service is apparently optimised for 3G and Wi-Fi, but I’ve just ran it through on Wi-Fi and it streams in harmony. I’m on a 2MB connection here and it loads up really quickly, and hasn’t buffered once in the last 15 minutes. Perfect!
This is another brilliant addition to the TVCatchup service. Perfect if you’re in need of some TV and you aren’t at home.
Great work TVC, I’m really looking forward to the final version, but for now the beta is way more than I need!
A little legal note: Remember you need a UK TV license to watch TV while it is being broadcast. For your own legal safety, make sure your license is up to date before using the service. Thanks!
I recently came across Spotify – it’s a free, legal music streaming service available in many countries. It’s completely free to download and use, so go ahead and get it from www.spotify.com.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it has an interface that (I think) vaguely resembles iTunes – but thankfully, it’s much quicker and easier to use than iTunes. It’s really quick to install, and once you’ve spent 30 seconds of your time creating an account, you’re ready to start listening.
It has some distinct advantages to other free music streaming services available on the net, such as:
- No listening limits – you can listen to each song as many times as you like. No limits like on sites like last.fm.
- Really high quality – some sites have noticeable compressed tracks which just aren’t worth listening to. However, Spotify has really good sounding tracks that don’t sound compressed. Perfect!
- Listen to full albums in one click – You just start the album and it will play the whole way through without any interruption, just as if you owned it.
It’s just really simple and easy to use. I’d recommend it to anyone. It’ll even scrobble to last.fm if you want it to.
Go enjoy some free, legal music that’s worth the bother.