spotify giving away free Google Home Mini

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  1. tangoseal

    tangoseal [H]ardness Supreme

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    Check yer emails gals n guys seems Spotify accounts (paid subs) are getting (1) free Google home mini speaker box thingies. I ordered mine last night shipping and price was both free!

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  2. SeymourGore

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    Thanks for the heads up - will check mine later. They offered this last year (or the year before) and I was too slow on the draw then.
     
  3. criccio

    criccio Fully Equipped

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  4. Krazy925

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    I ordered this around 4 weeks ago through Spotify and Google think I got a black one. I have it sitting in my pile of XMAS gifts and I'm not sure who to give it to.

    I don't use these smart speakers because they don't respond to hey NSA.
     
  5. vegeta535

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    The way they just giving these away just shows this companies want to get into every place possible. I keep getting offer free spy gear from Google to every other month.
     
  6. delita

    delita [H]ard|Gawd

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    i got one too, it was free, gonna put it in my bathroom so the FBI can hear me pooping.
     
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  7. SamirD

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    Stuff like this really makes me wonder who is financially backing all this and for what purpose?
     
  8. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    There is a huge push for these devices. Google and Amazon are fighting for in-home dominance.

    I have a few Google Home Mini's and a dozen Echo devices. They are good for what I use them for. I'm more into Alexa than Google, though. The Google ones were cheap (or free like this one). They aren't bad at all, just already into Alexa for everything.
     
  9. SamirD

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    Yeah, and once one of them or both of them 'dominate', who are they going to sell all the data to? And what will they be doing with it? And I guess because these systems would have access to cameras, they could possibly leak that over to 'big brother' too, but for what reason? I know it will be nefarious, so I'm just curious what I'm avoiding by leaving these things outside the home.
     
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  10. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    A healthy dose of paranoia is fair. I can see it. You're putting legal wire taps in your home willingly.

    If they wanted my and my info, they already have it. From every site I visit to my phone to my purchases (online and offline) to Alexa to whatever else. Alexa is a just a tiny part of everything else I do.

    Now, if Skynet were to use them for their purpose, they'd have a massive surveillance network.

    Pretty much comes to I'm already screwed. Might as well get some convenience and have fun with it and make little projects. At the least, they see my pp. At the most, it adds so much more noise to what I'm doing that it's hard to find the good stuff.
     
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  11. MavericK

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    Nice, thanks. Never got an email from Spotify (even though I'm a Premium Family sub) but clicking the link worked.
     
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  12. Shoganai

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    Eh ... just ordered one on Black Friday. :mad:
     
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  13. SamirD

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    Get a second one through this deal. Nothing like them hearing you poop and do the dishes. :ROFLMAO:
     
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  14. Shoganai

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    They're not going to like the sound effects on Taco Tuesday.
     
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  15. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    Taco Tuesday isn't bad. It's Wet & Wild Wednesday they have to worry about.
     
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  16. Zepher

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    Ya, I got mine last time they offered this. It was the free for 3 months deal and upgrade to family plan for 2 free months and got the free Home Mini.
     
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  17. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    I pay for premium Spotify, but you couldn't pay me to put one of those smart speaker cancers from any brand on my network.
     
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  18. Machupo

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    Granted, these things "legally" eavesdrop on you, and you get what you deserve when you self-report/install, but how is this worse than having a cellphone within mic range in terms of capability to eavesdrop?
     
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  19. Ur_Mom

    Ur_Mom I'm Not Serious

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    Multiple, cameras, links into your home automation stuff (lights, cameras, shades, etc.), shopping, alarms, etc.. You can create one hell of a profile with that. It can be a huge deal if you're ever the target of anything.

    Other than that - you're a consumer. You're going to consume. They are using them to make more profits and control what you see and hear (and try to control what you think). Your phone is one way. The home assistants are more of an extension of that.

    Used in a bad way, all that data could be used against you easily. Used in a "good" way, they are selling you things. You get convenience out of it, but you're still not the end of it. They get more out of it than you do.
     
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  20. Skillz

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    That's where I keep my Echo Dot.

    I used to use it all the time to play music in the bathroom, but it doesn't work very well anymore. Wont play Pandora music but wants to play some other music service that wants me to pay to listen to music or some crap. Now I just use it for my morning routine (hey alexa, what's the weather like today") and that's about all.
     
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    If you don't pay for the product, you are the product
     
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  22. SamirD

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    Better mic. :D
     
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  23. SamirD

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    Interesting. Why do you think it stopped working like that? Software bug? Hardware bug? Or Social Engineering beta testing? :eek:
     
  24. Machupo

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    Apologies, I had no intention of providing the image that I would ever allow one of these in my home. I concur if you buy into the whole smart thing ecosystem.

    My point was more along the lines of: every convenience has its trade-offs. Cellphones provide a similar (if smaller amplitude) capability if used "improperly". I haven't had time to sit down and figure out if it would be reasonable to explore open source google voice options that I could use to then GPS-fence my house and forward all cell traffic to voips so I could keep phones off / batteries out (or in a box for those with non-removables) while inside the house. I don't think going to that level would have a very high WAF, so it seems like I don't have a reasonable way to secure my house against improper monitoring.

    If getting cellphones out of the house is not entirely reasonable then these objects are not too much further down the (privacy violating) road as long as they are kept on their own properly managed and isolated vlan.
     
  25. Skillz

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    I linked my sister to my prime account and it tries to use her music app, can't remember which one. Tried to change it, but I won't change for some reason. Gave up after about an hour.
     
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  26. SvenBent

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    sorry i dont sell my privacy for "Free"
     
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  27. SamirD

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    I think you hit the nail on the head as to why these type of things get appealing and even start to outweigh their downfalls in certain situations (like with elderly parents). The popular tradeoff is 'convenience for security', and is the usual goto model for almost anything coming out today--we'll give you convenience if you give up some safety and security.
     
  28. tempertantrum

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    You have to link your Google account to Spotify. Privacy stuff FYI:

    Google
    You agree that Google will be able to:
    • View your Spotify account data
      • The type of Spotify subscription you have, your account country and your settings for explicit content filtering
      • Your name and username, your profile picture, how many followers you have on Spotify and your public playlists

    • View your activity on Spotify
      • What you’ve saved in Your Library
      • Your top tracks and artists
      • Who you follow on Spotify
      • Playlists you’ve made and playlists you follow
      • Your collaborative playlists
      • Your personalized playlists
      • Tracks from your Spotify radio stations

    • Take actions in Spotify on your behalf
      • Add and remove items in Your Library
      • Manage who you follow on Spotify
      • Stream and control Spotify on your other devices
      • Personalize your radio stations
     
  29. tempertantrum

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    Ordered one, in Coral. Shipping is free but isn't scheduled until later December, early January. I figure I'll keep it off most of the time.
     
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  30. DeChache

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    Requested mine will probably just give away but hey free is free
     
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  31. SamirD

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    Wow, that's unreal on the actions. Of course this is supposed to be linked to their device, but I wonder if this permission extends to someone working for the company with access.
     
  32. cyclone3d

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    "Hey wiretap"
     
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    "Hey NSA"
     
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  34. 5150Joker

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    The google spy box, now for free!
     
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  35. IdiotInCharge

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    Wife's studying out of town, sent her the one I got for Google Fi, might send her this one too :D
     
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  36. jmilcher

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    Unless you go way out of your way, which 99% if you don’t (contrary to how you act on here) you’re being tracked ruthlessly anyways.

    mom going to put one in the workshop to play Spotify and that’s it. In an area that unless I’m out there, isn’t going to be used.
     
  37. SamirD

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    Tracking is one thing--being recorded is another. ;)

    I guess it's not a bad idea just to use it as a speaker and turn it on and off as such. (y)
     
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  38. jmilcher

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    Arguably recording is a form of tracking. But I digress.
     
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  39. MavericK

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    I mean, if you want the deal, cool. If you don't want the deal, cool.

    I don't see the point in shitting up the thread saying you're not giving Google your data, we all know what these things are already.
     
  40. TheSlySyl

    TheSlySyl Limp Gawd

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    If anyone's getting a free one of these and doesn't want it, I'm looking for 2 more for cheap.
     
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