All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Subscriptions’

Trying Apple Music? Don’t Forget to Turn Off Auto-Renewal

Trying Apple Music? Don’t Forget to Turn Off Auto-Renewal

Apple just launched its streaming music competitor, Apple Music, and I’m sure you’re at least thinking about trying it out. Apple is offering up a free three-month trial, which is a pretty sweet deal. Who wouldn’t want to have access to unlimited music, on-demand, for free for three months? But you don’t want to wind up paying for it at …

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Hulu Is Selling Discounted Showtime Subscriptions

Hulu Is Selling Discounted Showtime Subscriptions

Hulu is pulling a cable company move and offering discounted subscriptions to Showtime to its nearly nine million users. Next month, Showtime will launch its standalone streaming service (its version of HBO NOW). And just before that, Hulu will allow its users to purchase a Showtime package as an add-on to the basic Hulu service – for $9 a month. …

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Google Play Music Now Has a Free, Ad-Supported Radio Tier

Google Play Music Now Has a Free, Ad-Supported Radio Tier

To some people Google Play Music, Google’s subscription music streaming service, may have gotten lost in a sea of other offerings. But now, just a week before Apple launches its new music streaming platform, Google is reminding you about its own service and sweetening things a bit. Starting today on the web and soon on iOS and Android, Google is …

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Apple Music May Force Spotify to Cut Family Plan Prices

How will Apple Music fare in an already crowded field of streaming music providers? That’s yet to be seen. But it appears that its introduction is already affecting the market. Spotify, the biggest hurdle Apple Music will have to jump if it wants to dominate in this arena, might be looking to lower some of its prices to compete with …

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Your Spotify Free Ride May Be Coming to an End, Claims Report

File this under interesting, but unconfirmed, reports. Earlier this month, reports said that Apple was doing its damnedest to kill Spotify’s free tier. Apple, of course, is planning on relaunching is Beats Music-based streaming competitor this summer (likely at its Worldwide Developers Conference). The reports suggested that Apple has been attempting to convince the major record labels to stop licensing …

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Spotify Launches ‘Tweet the Beat’ Ads, Even for Premium Users

If you pay $10 a month for Spotify premium, one of the major reasons you do that is to avoid ads. But Spotify’s new in-app ads, which act more like suggestions for you to tweet out an ad on Spotify’s behalf, are being served to all users – premium subscribers included. The new pop-up ads are appearing on both desktop …

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YouTube’s Ad-Free Subscription Offering Is on the Horizon

Apart from Justin Bieber videos and comment trolls, ads are the most annoying thing about YouTube. But most of us have come to accept that we’re going to have to watch five, 15, or god forbid 30 seconds of an ad before our video plays – and even during our video plays if the video is long enough. It’s just …

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Nickelodeon Is Working on a Subscription Streaming Service

Spongebob is coming to a streaming device near you. Nickelodeon will soon unveil its own subscription streaming service, according to the network’s parent company Viacom. Variety has the details, which so far are pretty sparse: More details about the service will be revealed when Nickelodeon hosts its “upfront” meeting with advertisers next month. U.S. TV networks try to sell the …

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YouTube Music Key Launches in Beta

“Since the beginning, you’ve been making music better. Now it’s our turn.” That’s what Google’s YouTube is saying of its just-unveiled subscription music service. Long-rumored, YouTube Music Key is launching in beta. You can sign up for an invite here. So, what is YouTube Music Key? It’s a $10 per month subscription service that offers ad-free music, background play, and …

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Would You Pay for an Ad-Free YouTube?

The sky is blue, grass is green, water is wet, and YouTube is free. For many, many years we’ve all lived in a world where one can just go to a website and watch billions of hours of video – for free. I don’t think it’s Google fawning to say that YouTube, and its open, unrestricted video database, is one …

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Tinder Is Finally Going to Try to Make Some Money

Though swipe left / swipe right dating app Tinder is growing in popularity (it’s currently in the top 25 free apps in the App Store), the company currently has no monetization strategy. In other words, Tinder is completely free and it’s not ad-supported. This will be changing soon. Speaking at Forbes’ Under 30 conference, Tinder CEO Sean Rad proposed a …

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HBO’s New Streaming Service Could Cost $15 a Month

Would you pay $15 a month for a service that let you watch all of HBO’s content without the bulky ball and chain of a cable subscription? Apart from the format it will take, pricing is the number one question mark surrounding HBO’s just-announced plunge into cordcutting. How much will a standalone HBO subscription service cost? About as much as …

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