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#272810 17-Jul-2020 11:07
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Hi,

 

This may be a stupid question, but I just want to make sure.

 

I have a friend that needs a device that can stream music (from Spotify) to a speaker over bluetooth. It doesn't need to do anything else.

 

Currently they are using their phone, but whenever they leave the premises, obviously the music stops (it is a small retail business).

 

I'm thinking a cheap smartphone - doesn't even need a SIM. Like this maybe: https://www.jbhifi.co.nz/phones/Outright-Mobile-Handsets/nokia/nokia-1-3-charcoal/381677/

 

Would there be any issues with it not having a SIM (or having a Prepaid SIM in there with no credit)? Does Android require a SIM? (Sorry, iPhone user here).

 

 

 

Any other ideas, for about that sort of money (I guess up to a couple of hundred dollars). 


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  #2524613 17-Jul-2020 11:14
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No, an Android phone should be ok without a SIM. 

 

They dont have anything that stays in store with bluetooth such as a laptop ?

 

 





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  #2524618 17-Jul-2020 11:19
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Hey Trig, 

 

Depending on budget, have you thought about a smart speaker? Spotify integrates pretty well with my smart speaker - so rather than relying on BT, you can control it using the spotify desktop app or chromecast, and will still work if i leave the room/house as the connection is dependent on the network it's connected to rather than the device.. if that makes sense..


 
 
 
 




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  #2524622 17-Jul-2020 11:24
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I had thought of a smart speaker, but they've already got the speaker sorted and don't want to replace that (it works fine). Plus, a smart speaker would cost more than a cheap phone.


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  #2524627 17-Jul-2020 11:35
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I don't like playing 'that guy' but it can be in others interests at times - if it's playing in a retail shop sort of thing - do make them aware of this if not already.. http://retail.kiwi/advice/music-in-stores-what-you-need-to-know

 

If MBIE come knocking (they did a cafe hit a year or so back in CHC) it hurts more and ' I got a Spotify acct' doesn't cover it

 

They work out the square meter-age and x number of potential people to hear and chase you for a fine.

 

(there are rental commercial music suppliers that can take care of this, like they use at supermarkets with a bonus of keeping up to date and plugging shopper messages you inject)

 

150-499m2

 

$568.09

 

 

 

That aside, I'm in a closed single seat room with a sim-less phone streaming to a small UE to prevent boredom. So if someone has an old swelling battery unit or whatever that can run off mains. Job done.


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  #2524643 17-Jul-2020 11:50
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When i had a large retail shop is had enough of one music

 

and switched to 

 

https://www.rightsify.com/

 

with good savings 

 

worth a look

 

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  #2524684 17-Jul-2020 12:53
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Yeah, they clamp down on stores pretty hard. Had a client last year who just had something streaming and next thing they know, theres a rep from whoever monitors it advising them to get licensed or else. 

 

Stupid thing is, noone in NZ supplies the music they use in store, so had to approach an overseas supplier etc....  its all licensed now and is the type of music they want.

 

 





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  #2524811 17-Jul-2020 15:23
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Chromebook?  Plenty of old iPad's floating around for cheap if yoiu want something bigger than a phone.  I have an iPad2 which runs Spotify just fine for my home stereo.    

 

 





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