How to Get Spotify in CanadaPosted by Mike Yawney on July 21st, 2011 View Comments
Spotify, the streaming audio service which took the UK by storm has now launched in the US. As expected Canada has been left in the cold, unable to access the service. Or can we? Fear not fellow Canadians! By using a simple workaround you too can get Spotify up and running in Canada giving you access to millions of songs for free. Read on to find out how to do it.
Currently Spotify is only allowing Americans with invite codes to sign up for the service. You may not realize but Spotify has already been up and running in the UK since 2008. To create an account you simply have to go to the UK Spotify site and sign up. That’s where you will run into your first hurdle. Spotify monitors IP addresses to ensure those outside the service area can’t access the service. You will need to mask your IP address in order to access the sign up page. We used usvideo.ca (a service which we have also used to access American Netflix in Canada) to mask our IP address. Although USvideo doesn’t claim to work with Spotify, we found it didn’t have any problem letting us access the page. You do have to pay a monthly fee to use USvideo. A free alternative can be found by using a UK web proxy service. This is free but you will be bombarded with popups.
The next step is to signup for the service. Spotify free enables you to stream 20 hours of music a month with the odd commercial thrown in. The commercials aren’t that intrusive so this is an option many will probably go for. Spotify will ask you for a user name and password. You then must enter your birth date and country of residence. You can choose from UK or United States. This is the tricky part. Once you have an account you are well on your way to enjoying Spotify in Canada.
Now that you have your account set up you can visit the Spotify website in the US. You do not need to hide your IP address for this. Once you’re on the site you will find an option to Get Spotify. Clicking on this will send you to a page where you will find the download link for the Spotify program. It’s interesting to note Spotify will let you download the program even though you live in Canada. Once the program has been downloaded you will be asked to log into your account. Type in your account user name and password and launch the service.
The big trick is getting your user name and password. Once you have done this Spotify Open seems to work from any computer We tested it on a number of PCs and Macs in different locations and we were always able to log into our account and start streaming music.
In order to sign up for the Unlimited and Premium services in Canada you need to use another loophole. Signing up requires you to have a credit card with an American address listed as the main residence. You can also use PayPal but it too must be an American account. At first I tried using my Canadian credit card which has an American address as a secondary shipping address. It did not work. Then I attempted to use my American credit card which also has my Canadian address on it. It too was denied. I finally gave up and decided to try PayPal. I attempted to make a payment through my Canadian PayPal account only to find it was denied since the PayPal account was listed in Canada. What I ended up doing was setting up a US PayPal account (just use an American address) and then I sent a payment from my Canadian Paypal account to my US account n US funds. I was then able to pay for a Premium membership using PayPal.
We have used the methods above on a number of occasions and it seems to work just fine. Of course Spotify could change the signup process at anytime and fix the loophole.
We’d love to hear your experiences with signing up for Spotify in Canada using our method. Let us know if it works for you!
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