Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku..... - Day #13 - TERRIFYING TUESDAY TUNES (Vol. 2)

Welcome back, Boils & Ghouls...

... to 'Day Thirteen' of "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku" and to the second instalment of "Terrifying Tuesday Tunes", where each week I recommend a source of spine-tingling Hallowe'en music & sounds that can be streamed to your television via the magic of Roku player !!

So... whether you're planning to create your very own yard haunt to prepare a suitably ghoulish greeting for the "Trick 'r Treat" brigade on Hallowe'en, or you just need some macabre music to help your ghastly guests get into the "spirit" of things come the time of your spooky soirée, you should make a point of visiting this blog EVERY TUESDAY between now and October 31st for all the horror-themed audio you'll need to "get your fright on" in readiness for your Hallowe'en celebrations !!

Since I figure you're more likely to want to listen to actual Hallowe'en / Horror-themed "songs", rather than a selection of spooky sound "effects", at this stage in the month... I've decided that for 'Volume Two' of my "Terrifying Tuesday Tunes" series, I'm going to continue with some more macabre music (rather than clips of chilling audio "bites" & such like) so that you can carry on practicing the "Monster Mash" or doing the "Time Warp" (again!) to your heart's content for the next two weeks or so.

With that in mind, we have (again) searched through all of the available channels on Roku player and managed to (once more) come up trumps... with a channel that offers another huge selection of music, among which are many titles specifically tailored to the Hallowe'en season, that can easily be used like an automatic Roku "DJ" to keep those devilish ditties, scary songs & other tunes of terror flowing, and ensure your paranormal party stays pumping... like the blood from the veins of the vampire's victim !! Suffice it to say that, if you are looking for the most spine-tingling soundtrack to your spooktacular shindig, with no limit to the amount of music that can be streamed, then you'll definitely want to add this to your channel selection for the ultimate macabre music streaming experience this Hallowe'en and let your guests bear witness to the voodoo that you do... on Roku !!

As with the "TuneIn Radio" channel, mentioned in my previous post from this series... another great recommendation I can make is a PUBLIC CHANNEL called "Spotify" for streaming audio via your Roku player. This is particularly suited to any Roku owner who already happens to subscribe to the "Spotify Premium" service, as this channel will allow you to access your 'Spotify Premium' account & stream it via your Roku player(s) whenever you choose. However, there's no need to worry if you do not already subscribe to the "Spotify Premium" service, since those kind souls at 'Spotify' are offering a 30-DAY FREE TRIAL of their flagship service to all newcomers !! That means, you can still get all the benefits of premium membership through to Hallowe'en (and beyond) without handing over a single penny of the £9.99 MONTHLY FEE which is usually charged for the "Spotify Premium" service. Just REMEMBER TO CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP before the end of the trial and the guests at your spooky soirée will have access to as much macabre music as they can handle, without you having to pay top dollar for a "DJ", while you get to listen FREE-OF-CHARGE for the rest of the month too. Of course, if you enjoy the benefits of membership, you can always carry on using the service at £9.99 PER MONTH and you might even wish to consider taking advantage of the NEW "FAMILY" MEMBERSHIP PLAN from 'Spotify', which was introduced so as to allow subscribers to add up to FOUR ADDITIONAL PREMIUM USERS to existing "Spotify Premium" accounts at an extra cost of ONLY £4.99 PER MONTH EACH meaning they'll SAVE 50% PER PERSON off the cost of a "Spotify Premium" subscription and you don't even have to all be living under the same roof to benefit. In fact, you could group together with a bunch of friends or work colleagues and create a "family" of your own, solely for the purpose of sharing "Spotify Premium" at a reduced cost !!

Anyway, membership bargains aside... the "Spotify" channel was developed for Roku by 'Spotify' themselves and - if you haven't already got it in your channel selection - you can easily add it to your Roku player(s) using the recently introduced Roku 'Search' feature. Just start typing "Spotify" into the text entry box within Roku 'Search' and it will soon appear in the results column on the right. In fact, you will (most likely) only have to enter the letters "s", "p" and "o" before it pops up in the list of results to the right of your screen! For those who prefer to look it up the old-fashioned way, you'll find "Spotify" listed under the "Music" genre in the "Official" Roku UK Channel Store - itself, found by navigating to 'Streaming Channels' from the home screen and scrolling through the options - then click "OK" to access the full list of "Music" channels and scroll up (or down) until you see the channel icon (as per the image below). The good news is... that "Spotify" is FREE-TO-ADD so, once you've located it in the list of channels, just click the "OK" button on your Roku remote to select it and then click "OK" again where it says 'Add channel' to install it on your Roku player(s). 

SPOTIFY.............COST: FREE (30-DAY TRIAL) + £9.99 (MONTHLY) [Roku Guide Review]

As with my regular 'Weekly RoundUp' posts... I have included links below the channel icon (above) to the channel description, from the "Official" Roku website, and the 'Roku Guide' review of the 'Spotify' channel - for those that may need further convincing. Should you happen to be a newcomer to 'Spotify' and wish to take advantage of the 30-DAY FREE TRIAL then you can do so, USING THIS LINK, by accessing the 'Spotify' website. On the other hand, if you already have a 'Spotify Premium' account, all you need do (once you've added the 'Spotify' channel to your Roku account) is 'Login' with either your 'Facebook' details, or those associated with your 'Spotify Premium' account (username / password) to access millions of songs instantly via your Roku player(s). After that, it's simply a case of searching for Hallowe'en / Horror-related content in the usual way you would search for songs, artists, albums, etc. using your 'Spotify Premium' account. My advice is to try using one-word search terms that are relevant to the season, e.g. Halloween, Horror, Haunted, Spooky, Creepy, Ghost, Zombie, etc, etc. and, from the results, use the "artist" or "album" options to discover other similar content. You'll be surprised at just how much halloween-themed music you can amass (and how quickly) using this simple method. 

In the event of your experiencing any difficulties with the 'Spotify' Roku channel, then may I suggest that you first visit the 'FAQ' section of the 'Spotify' support pages, 'VIA THIS LINK', which has answers to most of the 'General Questions' associated with the service. Failing that, your next port-of-call should be to search the dedicated discussion threads from the Spotify 'Community' Forums, 'FOUND HERE', which have more than one hundred application-specific discussion topics from Roku owners that have been using the channel since it was first developed. If, after all that, your question(s) remain unanswered... and you have been unable to find a solution in either the 'HELP SECTION' or via the 'COMMUNITY FORUMS' then your next best bet is, 'USING THE CONTACT FORM',  to submit a query to Spotify Customer Support. Aside from using the above links, to access 'Customer Service' and/or 'Support' from Spotify, it is more likely (on a day-to-day basis) that you will simply need to visit the "Official" Spotify Website, 'HERE', to login to your "Spotify Premium" account for one reason or another. If, for any reason, you'd like to interact with the folks at 'Spotify' on a more social level, you can always leave a message via their Twitter Feed: @Spotify or, if you prefer, there is also the option to connect with them through Facebook: Spotify (Facebook) as well as, in more visual terms, by watching their videos on 'YouTube': Spotify (YouTube).

Finally... whenever you are out-and-about, i.e. away from your computer and/or Roku player, there is always the option of using any or all of the various 'Spotify' apps available for mobile devices:-

'SPOTIFY MUSIC' for iOS -  AVAILABLE VIA THIS LINK - (c/o iTunes App Store)


'SPOTIFY MUSIC' for Android - AVAILABLE VIA THIS LINK - (c/o Google Play Store)


'SPOTIFY' for Windows Phone - AVAILABLE VIA THIS LINK - (c/o Windows Phone Store)

Anyway, that's all for today... just remember to come back in 24-hours for 'Day Fourteen' and more Hallowe'en-themed content, in "Alucard's Bat-tastic Guide To Hallowe'en On Roku", when I will reveal the next movie for "Wicked Watch Wednesday", and then to come back again this time next week for more "Terrifying Tuesday Tunes" as we continue our "Countdown To Hallowe'en" 2015...

Fangs (as always) for reading !!

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