So, last I posted, I was trying out the streaming music services, starting with MOG. Which wasn’t bad; they’ve got a decent Android app, a Roku channel (FTW!), and a nice service; plenty of tunes. But it’s $10 a month (if you include the mobile app; $5/m if you don’t want mobile). The $5/month charge DOES include the Roku channel, which is cool. But I’m just not feeling this price level in my gut, you know? For $9/month, Netflix gives me a 1-DVD at a time checkout service, plus on-demand streaming of anything in their Instant library to my computer,  TV, and multiple other devices (soon to include an Android app.)

So to me, $5/month is probably the top end of what I’m willing to pay for a jukebox in the sky. If MOG drops the premium price to $5, I’d probably give it another whirl, but most of the sites appear to be hovering around there.

Not Grooveshark. The basic (computer only) service is free (!), and the VIP service (which includes no ads, and the Android app) is currently $3/month (set to increase Dec 1st). Now we’re talking! It’s a bizarre service, which allows file uploads of music, but also negotiates with the labels for library access. I don’t know where exactly it’s going to go, but for three bucks a month, I’m willing to ride along for awhile!

So far, so good. I’m using the Android app, building playlists, and generally enjoying it. And I can skip Starbucks once a month to pay for the service! Friend (follow, whatever the heck they call it!) me at kkennedy if you try it out!

Extra added bonus: they have a official WordPress plugin. Here’s Fireflies, by Owl City, which has been stuck in my head for a week or so. Catchy song!

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