My kids are seriously into music these days. Seems like every other song on the radio is met with, "Dad, I want this on my iPod!" So I'm starting to think a music-subscription service might make sense, as it would give them unlimited access to unlimited songs, without all the piecemeal buying.
Of course, most of those services charge $10 per month. That's not unreasonable, but it's yet another monthly bill I'd rather not have. Thankfully, for the next three months, I can avoid it: For a limited time, you can get a three-month Rhapsody Premier subscription for $1. That's not $1 per month, mind you, but a buck out the door for all three months. Woo!
Rhapsody is one of those embarrassment-of-riches services, offering on-demand access to some 18 million songs via just about any device: smartphone, tablet, Xbox 360, Sonos, TiVo, and even some cars and TVs. (Alas, there's still no Roku channel for it, which is kind of ridiculous.)
If you have an Android or iOS device, you can download tracks and playlists for offline listening, a great perk for long flights and other connectivity-challenged excursions. Premier affords you ad-free listening and high-quality streams/downloads.
This offer is for new customers only, and you'll need to supply a credit card (or PayPal or Amazon Payments account) to take advantage of it. At the end of three months, you'll start getting billed the standard rate of $9.99, so be sure to mark your calendar so you remember to cancel -- assuming you want to do so. (Once you start living with unlimited on-demand music, it's hard to give up.)
The only downside I see to this is that you're limited to one mobile device. That means only one of my kids can take advantage of the subscription. (OK, kids, let's play Who Can Do the Most Chores!) Seems like if I'm going to end up paying $10/month, I should be able to share my subscription with at least two or three devices.
If you've tried Rhapsody in the past or you're a current subscriber, hit the comments and let me know what you think of the service. For a buck, I'm definitely going to get my three months' worth.
Bonus deal: Tablet Tuesday! While supplies last, and I suspect these won't last long, Click Go and Buy (via Rakuten.com) has the refurbished Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 8.9-inch tablet for $114.99 shipped. (If you see a different price, that means the page has defaulted back to a different seller because Click Go and Buy has run out of stock.) That is perhaps the best tablet deal I've seen to date, especially if you root that sucker to run Android 4.1. Read CNET's review of the HD+ if you want to learn more.
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