Deezer Music Streaming

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As long as i can remember, when music went digital, so did the piracy. Digital music pirating got its first big start with Napster, and this was almost purely because the music industry just couldn’t keep up with the changes, and were stuck in the past specifically with regards to distributing the music.

However, in 2015 we have the option of cheap alternatives to illegal download services… and for the first time in the history f the music industry online music streaming has actually become a viable option! In all honesty, the way streaming works these days it’s actually so much easier to just stream rather than try and find a reliable torrent (and run the risk of being caught).

The only streaming service that has taken an active interest in the South African market is: Deezer. They have acknowledged (along with the help of Vodacom) that we have different needs down here ;) Deezer worldwide has 16 million monthly active users! Deezer also has a whopping 35 million tracks in its library which are available in more than 182 countries. Those are some seriously impressive numbers.

If you ever felt overwhelmed by the idea of music streaming, or maybe you were concerned about the cost… don’t worry. I’m here to clear that up for you a bit, and to show you what Deezer is actually all about.

Essentially Deezer is a subscription service that allows you to listen to tracks across loads of different devices. You can also listen to music in online mode (streaming) or in offline mode (where you download and sync to your device). Here is the coolest part: there is NO limit to the number of tracks you can listen to or sync to your phone/ipad/whatever!

 I love it because i don’t have to worry about storage space on my phone anymore! I have an unlimited library of music available to me inside of Deezer! You can also make your own playlists for every occasion – a chill playlist, roadtrip, party, work out, sleep, etc. The quality is also extremely good, so you don’t have to be concerned that it won’t sound great.

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A really awesome aspect of Deezer is that it actually learns your music taste! So the more you use the app, the better suggestions it will make and you will be discovering brand new artists to fall in love with (which happens to me daily!)

In the spirit sharing, discovering and enjoying music, i thought i’d put my own little playlist together!

These are my May 2015 Songs On Repeat:

Lower Than Atlantis – Words Don’t Come So Easy

Oh Honey – I Love You Will Still Sound The Same

Twenty One Pilots – Tear In My Heart

Awolnation – I Am

Jack Ü ft Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now

Robin Schulz ft Ilsey – Headlights

PVRIS – My House

Purity Ring – Push Pull

Zedd ft Selena Gomez – I Want You To Know

BONUS:

Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw (for this track i went into the archives and dug up her first single. This was from her very first album, and the first album i imported to South Africa because it wasn’t stocked locally. It’s super “country” which would explain why it probably wasn’t available here.)

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Even if you’re still a little unsure of the app, just download it and give it a try, you have nothing to lose… and about 35million songs to gain! You’ll get 2 months free subscription if you follow this link – http://goo.gl/Vos8sD

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Create With Canon – Stellenbosch

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Canon have been super rad and given me a Canon PowerShot SX600 HS to use over the next few months; snapping some *hopefully* cool pics to give you a look into the things i do, the things i see, and the things i create.

I have never professed to be a masterful photographer – in fact it’s something i do feel like i struggle with. Photography obviously interests me, like it does a lot of people, but i’ve never quite been able to figure out what to do with an actual camera… not just the camera on my phone. The nice thing about the Canon is that it has built in wifi which means that you don’t have to lose the ability to easily and quickly share photos to social media or wherever.

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I feel like now is the perfect time to start trying to understand it all… shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc. I could never be a photographer as a profession, but there’s no reason i shouldn’t be taking amazing photos of all of my adventures! When i’m old and grey, at least i’ll have some relatively decent pics to look back on without it looking like i took them with a potato.

I thought i’d give the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS a go in Stellenbosch when i was down, it’s a naturally pretty town, very photogenic… so i tried my best. For some reason i feel like i can’t get my pics to look “good” though… something just seems off. I know it’s probably to do with my framing or some other technological adjustment i should be making on the camera.

But seriously though… i’m going to be leaving on a pretty epic European holiday in about 2 weeks, so if you have any pointers for me on how i could improve – i’m all ears! The pictures are not edited at all, i wouldn’t even know how or where to start, maybe that’s why i can’t get them looking the way i want them to?

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#CreateWithCanon

Car Damage Prank

The Car damage prank: tricking people into thinking the prankster has damaged their car. The guy stands next to the victim whilst having a phone call about the incident mentioning the specifics of their car.

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I honestly don’t think we could get away with this in South Africa… don’t you think people would react super badly?

Clarkson, Hammond & May LIVE – Win with KIA On Tour!

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If you follow me on social media, or even know me in real life, you should already know that i have a serious problem when it comes to Top Gear [Clarkson, May & Hammond]. I think i’ve watched every single episode they’ve ever done together more than 7 times each… which might not sound like a lot, but when you consider how many seasons/episodes have been made, that’s a lot of any one thing to watch. I’m not alone in this though, my parents are also equally enamored by these guys. My mom has quite a few DVD box sets and puts Top Gear on whenever there isn’t anything on tv, which is a lot of the time. My dad used to race, so he’s been a proper petrol head for more than 40yrs already, and he loves the combination of banter and car talk.

I don’t want to talk too much about Clarkson’s exit from Top Gear, and Hammond & May following him, because honestly it makes me unbelievably sad and upset.

The good news is that the guys will be in Johannesburg from 12 – 14 June, and if you’ve never seen them live – you are definitely missing out. The good people over at Kia have got a pretty awesome competition going where you could win a set of tickets to the show just by pre-registering for a test-drive! The test drives are happening at the actual event too… so it is super convenient.

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I’ve been driving the Kia Soul for the past couple of weeks, and i must say that any sort of pre-conceived ideas i had about Kia were completely pushed aside as soon as i got into the car. This isn’t just lip-service, i genuinely love the car… everything about it suits my lifestyle. I’ve also had a chance to drive the KIa Koup which is just insane, incredibly fast!

HOW TO WIN

Click on this link: Clarkson, Hammond & May LIVE Test Drive and you could win yourself 2 tickets to see them live! AND if you want, test drive one of Kia’s awesome cars that will be on show… what better place to do it than at an entire event dedicated to the awesomeness of cars? :)

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AWOLNATION – I AM

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Every now and again a song will feel like it’s speaking directly to me, and this is one of those songs for me! “I Am” is from AWOLNATION’s new album, “Run,” which was released a couple of months back on Red Bull Records.

In an interview i read done by Tim Commerford (bassist of Rage Against the Machine) of AWOLNATION’s frontman Aaron Bruno, Aaron explained to Tim how he came to write the song:

“I played you an early draft of the record,” Bruno says. “I would say it was a year too soon, probably, to show anyone. But I felt excited about it, and some of the songs were there, but I’d say 70 percent of the songs that ended up making the record hadn’t even been written yet. ‘I Am’ certainly hadn’t been written yet. And I remember being devastated from the reaction that you had. Not that it was bad, I could just tell your feeling was — in the nicest way, you were sort of saying, ‘It’s pretty cool, but you’re better than this. And I expect more.’ And [‘I Am’] was one of the next songs I wrote.”

It’s crazy to think that even someone as successful and talented as Aaron Bruno can also feel disappointed in himself sometimes. A nice reminder that musicians are just humans too, with the same human emotions we feel.

Watch the lyric video below:

UberHEALTHSA – Uber Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban!

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Uber have joined up with Discovery Health for a really cool initiative! From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM this Friday, 22 May, you can request a flu vaccination to your doorstep.

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HOW? All you have to do is open up your Uber app at 10 AM, toggle over to the red cross icon and request a ride as you normally would. Within minutes, a Discovery-Accredited nurse will arrive to your location, ready to give you flu vaccinations for up to five individuals (for a total cost of just R100!)

ALSO: All Discovery Vitality members will earn 1,000 Vitality points following their flu vaccination and all DiscoveryCard holders, who add their DiscoveryCard to their Uber account, will have the R100 home visit fee refunded.

 Catching the flu is easy. Preventing it should be too. 

Scare Compilation

This is why i would never have been able to live in a house-share situation…

“One of our college housemates gets scared at just about anything. Here are some of the best moments we got on film of him jumping out of his shoes.”

WARNING: it is a tiny bit NSFW – a little bit of man bum makes an appearance briefly.

Every Moment Matters – SuperSport

It’s that time of the football season again when we reach crescendo. Trophies are lifted, targets are achieved, tears are shed and lots of money is made by those that come out on top. There’s a reason that we call it the ‘Business End’ of the season.

One thing that I love about South Africa is the football coverage that we get here. SuperSport bring us practically every league that matters, and you can legitimately plonk yourself down in front of the television on a Saturday morning and not leave until it’s dark. The coverage is that vast.

Now, with Kaizer Chiefs, Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus all having completed their Quest for the Title, the battle is on to claim the highest league finish possible in the Hunt for Qualification, or to make sure that you beat the Drop for Relegation.

I’ve genuinely enjoyed watching this season, whether it be Chiefs’ ridiculous unbeaten run, Chelsea’s tactical mastersclasses or the sheer beauty of Barcelona at their best, and no doubt there are more twists to come.

It’s going to be an interesting few weeks in the football world, and SuperSport have got you covered every inch of the way, because Every Moment Matters.

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WIN Tickets For The Harlem Globetrotters In SA

I played basketball when I was a kid. I was never anything special, but I wasn’t bad and my school actually managed to get into the finals of a tournament in my city at one stage, I liked playing and it was the Harlem Globetrotters that I liked watching the most.

I’d spend ages watching them online, but was never lucky enough to actually get to watch them play, however that is all going to change in July :D

Harlem Globetrotters Anyway… Long story short, I’ve got two tickets to giveaway for one of the nights that the Globies are here, so you and a mate can go watch their basketball madness free of charge :)

To enter the competition is simple, just tweet me saying:

“Hey @YesWeCrann, I want go and watch the @GlobetrottersSA strut their stuff in *Insert preferred city here*! #GlobetrottersSA”

Heres a bit of what they do…

I can promise you that these guys put on one helluva show, and whether you see the Globies in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban, I know you’re going to have a great night!

*Competition closes at 17h00 on Friday May 15th*