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Spotify Premium Duo? And why not put a fair price according to the country?

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The discussion is old and of course does not apply only to Spotify: Any service that you can subscribe to via the Internet does exactly the same, whether it comes from Spotify, Google, Apple, Netflix and all the length and so on that you want to add. But since this week Spotify’s new Premium Duo plan was announced, I’m going to give you an example of the hard face that all these companies have when it comes to checking out. And this time I speak for Spain, the country in which I had to be born and in which I continue to live.

As we collected a few days ago, Spotify Premium Duo is a new plan designed for couples living together and stands out for what we described as «a reduced rate of 12.99 euros per month«. And, indeed, it is: instead of each paying the 9.99 euros per month that the individual plan costs, you join the Premium Duo and save 6.99 euros. Of course, if you are living with someone and you both use Spotify, it is cheaper to subscribe to the family plan, which for 14.99 euros per month allows up to six accounts. In this case, you would be saving yourself a couple of euros.

That is, in fact, what many groups of friends do, whether they live together or not: they sign up for the family plan and Spotify Premium comes out for a sum that does not reach 2.50 euros per month. A really attractive price that Spotify is not for the work of generalizing, and it is that it does not take an expert in demography to know that the families of six members are not the most common in today’s society, or at least in one country like Spain, although having them for sure there are.

That is why in the terms of service Spotify indicates as a condition for subscribing to the family plan that “the owner of the main account and the holders of the subsidiary accounts must be members of the same family and reside at the same address”, warning that “It is possible that, from time to time, you may ask to reconfirm the address in order to verify that the requirements to access the service are still being met”, which translates into checking that the connection IPs, either by address or geolocation, coincide regularly. So from time to time more than a small group of friends find their accounts blocked.

The million dollar question is, Why if they are willing to have a ‘family’ get their Spotify Premium account at 2.50 euros per head, they do not put more adjusted prices so that more people consider becoming a paid user? It is obvious that the family plan is a commercial trick whose full and legitimate use – six members of the same family who live under the same roof, each with their own account – will be given in a minimum percentage; Obviously, without the insatiable pressure from the labels, Spotify would have room to cut prices and make its offer much more attractive.

But since they are not going to do any of that, Why not at least put a fair price according to the economy of each country? Because not all sites charge the same, and although Spotify and the vast majority of Internet services take it into account because otherwise their business would be unfeasible, countries like Spain – it’s my turn, excuse me – are harmed forever. Because if I want Spotify Premium, I will have to pay the same as an American, a German or a Japanese, whose salary will generally be much higher than mine. Is this fair?

In Spain, Spotify’s individual plan costs 9.99 euros per month. The same as in France, Germany, the United States or Japan. The difference is that the average monthly salary in all these countries is, with data from 2019 and converting everything to euros: 1,658 euros in Spain, 2,415 euros in France, 2,794 euros in Germany, 3,776 euros in the United States and 3,571 euros in Japan. And I do not even allude to the currency exchange, which is passed through the triumphal arch: the number is the same in dollars and euros. It should also be noted that when we speak of average wages, the bulk of workers who earn the minimum or little more is not considered, in addition to the fact that these are estimates that may vary according to the source, so it is an unrealistic figure in the practical, but the most reliable to hold on to make this type of comparison.

However, Spotify does not work the same way on all sites. Not even within the European Union, where we have gaps that are terrifying. From highest to lowest: from 3,133 euros per month of average salary collected in Luxembourg to 428 euros per month collected in Bulgaria. And how much does Spotify Premium cost in each one? In Luxembourg, 9.99 euros; in Bulgaria, 4.99 euros. Another curious example within the community borders is that of our neighbor Portugal, where the average monthly salary is 997 euros – an amount much closer to the real salary of many Spaniards – and the Spotify Premium account comes out at 6.99 euros. Do they take us for fools, or what?

As I was saying above, it is obvious that Spotify varies the subscription price depending on the territory, because otherwise they would not have potential customers to target. Let’s take as an example a couple of the Latin American countries from where many of you read to us: from north to south, the average monthly salary in Mexico would be around 500 euros, in Argentina around 450 euros; Spotify’s individual plan price would cost around 4 and 1.75 euros, respectively. Both countries are above the average for the region, but assuming that a Mexican charges the equivalent of 500 euros a month and an Argentine charges 450, why would one pay more than double for the same service?

For inequalities like this, which as I say not only applies to SpotifyMany people will continue to cheat as much as they can and ultimately the subscription car will never get on. Because it’s not fair. So, gentlemen of Spotify, you already know what you can do with the Premium Duo and the two euros of savings that it brings with it.

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Amazon sells wireless waterproof headphones for only 28 euros, and in four colors

It goes without saying that there are more and more wireless headphones for sale, especially the so-called True Wireless,

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It goes without saying that there are more and more wireless headphones for sale, especially the so-called True Wireless, that is, without cables of any kind. As there are so many, it is sometimes difficult to choose, especially if you are looking for ones that are above all cheap.

However, there are certain models that have a good price and are completely trustworthy, such as the Umi. by Amazon W5s that, as its name suggests, are endorsed by Amazon and cost only 28 euros at the moment.

They are available in four different colors and have another promotion, for which you can take four units paying only three , in case you want to share a purchase with family or friends.

In addition, the wireless standard used is Bluetooth 5.0, which not only improves the connection speed and latency, but also makes the link much more stable, and all this with less energy consumption.

They come with their included charging case, where you can recharge them multiple times without having to go through a plug. Adding the different battery cycles can reach about 30 hours of battery life .

They are IPX7 certified water resistant, so you can exercise with them without fear, even if it’s raining heavily.

One of the few drawbacks is that when it does not come close to € 29, shipping is only free if you include two units in your order or if you have Amazon Prime, in which case the store will assume all shipping costs to the address that indicate.

The best option to save costs is to sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial month , since without having a commitment to stay you can cancel at the time you want and without penalty for the first 30 days.

In this article, ComputerHoy receives a commission from its affiliated partners for each purchase you make through the product links that we have included, something that in no case represents an additional cost for you. However, our recommendations are always independent and objective. You can check our affiliate policy here .

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Xiaomi’s Mi Browser Pro Reportedly Banned by Indian Government, Company Claims All Privacy Data Comply With Indian Law

The Indian government reportedly banned the browser offered on Xiaomi’s smartphones furthering extending it’s a rage against the Chinese companies operating in the country.

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The Indian government reportedly banned the browser offered on Xiaomi’s smartphones furthering extending it’s a rage against the Chinese companies operating in the country. According to the report from TOI, the government took action against Xiaomi’s browser called – Mi Browser Pro – Video Download, Free Fast & Secure. Some of the analysts claim that the browser holds the potential of impacting device’s performance. It is important to note that the company is presently looking to have a detailed conversation with the government to clarify the same. 2020 Xiaomi Ecosystem Product Launch: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, Mi Smart Band 5 & Mi True Wireless Earbuds Launched Globally

The company also claimed that this particular move from the Indian government will not see any impact on the performance of the devices. And, the users are free to download and use any other browser will are willing to do so. The Indian government has ordered to ban another Chinese app called – QQ International in India. According to the official sources, the action against the Xiaomi browser may impact the functioning of the smartphones while using the internet. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has retailed more than 10 crore smartphones in India. And, presently it is the leading mobile brand in the country.

The company highlighted that it follows the local data protection regulations and other guidelines specified by the Indian government. However, the brand will talk to the ministry officials to sort out the issue. The company spokesperson said, “Xiaomi continues to comply and adhere to all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law. We are working towards understanding the development and will take appropriate measures as required. As part of the process, we will work with key stakeholders for an opportunity to make our submissions.”

The Indian government took this step as a wider measure initiated against the Chinese apps functioning in India. The steps were taken after growing tensions between India and China over the border disputes. As a reminder, the government had banned 59 Chinese apps in June including some popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, Helo, Likee, Shareit, Mi Community, WeChat and CamScanner. Last month, the government also blocked 47 other apps that included Baidu Search, Weibo and more.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Aug 05, 2020 03:16 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Musk hints that there will be a smaller Cybertruck for Europe

Two things cannot be denied. The first is that everything around the Tesla Cybertruck is of great interest to many people across the planet.

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Two things cannot be denied. The first is that everything around the Tesla Cybertruck is of great interest to many people across the planet. Whether with adoration or dread, this vehicle is expected to change the road landscape and there is great curiosity to definitely see it on the market. The other issue is that Elon Musk’s Twitter account is an inexhaustible source of news .

There were many details that drew attention when the Cybertruck was discovered. But beyond its angles or the interior, the large size was something especially commented. As pointed out in Autobild , the measurements are 5,881 mm in length, 2,027 mm in width and 1,905 mm in height . Perhaps a size they are more used to in the United States, where trucks are common, but not in Europe.

In any case, yesterday they asked Musk about the possibility of a smaller version for Europe, and their answer was that it is very likely to be seen in the future .

Highly likely down the road – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2020

In the same conversation, someone also commented on the need to reduce the width of the vehicle to be able to move or work in the city , to which Musk answered True .

As they point out in Electrek , this comment comes months after Musk met with his chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen, and scrapped the idea of ​​reducing the size of the van by 3% . These swings are an indication that there is a discussion regarding the size of the vehicle.

Despite the great impact that this van has and the large number of reservations that are taking place in the United States, there are many doubts about its launch . A few weeks ago we told you about the changes that they will be forced to make in their design to adapt to US legislation, but surely in Europe they will find more obstacles to obtaining circulation permits.

In any case, we must not forget that Musk knows the promotion he achieves through his tweets and that he sometimes likes to remove the networks to achieve repercussion. But it’s true that with the Tesla Cybertruck there is still a lot to discuss before it goes into production .

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