I recently started paying for Medium's new $5/month membership program, adding it to the small list of subscriptions I pay for which include Netflix and Spotify. I'm curious what subscription services other people pay for and why.
- I listen music almost all day and not having ads + mobile music download is a mustSpotify is the greatest app in the world, IMO. They've got the best UI / UX out of all the streaming services on the market and they do an AMAZING job of surfacing and curating new and custom content. The amount of "features" that come with a Spotify Premium subscription (especially if you get the family membership) is iNSANE for the price. Take your music offline, get all sorts of custom playlists, make hundreds of your own (which you can listen to not on shuffle), yada yada... Could not rave more.Well, it won't be much of a surprise if I mention Spotify and Netflix for personal purposes. At our company, we also use quite a few subscription-based services like: - https://coschedule.com/ as a scheduling tool and content calenar - https://semrush.com/ for keyword analytics - https://unbounce.com/ for building landing pages - https://www.intercom.com/ for external communication We also use https://brand24.com, our own subscription-based product that allows as for monitoring our brand mentions as well as industry-related news, or finding potential leads, for instance.
- I've been a paying Netflix member since the DVD-in-the-mail days and the concept still has not gotten old. I watch a lot of video content and Netflix just does it impeccably well. I love the way they bring in new content on a regular basis and now that they're making their own... *swoon*. TAKE MY MONEY.
- I switched to the cloud for my files ever since my external drive died and all my files with it. Now I have a 128GB drive in my Macbook for what I'm working on at the moment and everything else in my Dropbox account. Syncing is so seamless that I hardly ever notice it.Easily the best sync UX with a wide range of options for getting free storage. Wish they had a middle tier, but their 1 tb storage is still pretty cheap at $9.99/mo and with selective sync, can easily use it as cloud storage and backups rather than relying on external hard drives or a NAS.
- Great experience and I don't have to remember all the passwordsHonestly for most people having strong, unique, random passwords is enough to have strong security and I have logins for over 200 services. If you think about it you probably do too (think of newspapers, online stores, etc). I'd be mad insecure without this app.I was skeptical of password managers for a long time and I only knew about 1Password because a friend recommended it. But after realizing that my browser saving my passwords and that old excel document with my accounts saved was no way better than I gave 1Password a try. And did I fall in love with it, syncing was easy and the UI was easy enough both phone and desktop to use. Definitely recommend even just the mobile app to save your password because know a days most of us have various accounts all over the internet for different things.
- I know the idea of giving away all your personal life to Google is terrifying, but I find Google Photos to be quite a joy to use! I pay for the storage space in Google which is shared between all the services, so I also have plenty of storage for my emails :)The ridiculously cheap storage prices plus cross-platform access means for me it's the best way for me to access my work wherever I am.
- Audible has changed the way I consume books. I'm always on the run, making it difficult to read physical books. With Audible, I'm able to listen to books while I commute - at 2x speed! For $14.95/month, you can download one book each month with the option to purchase more.Because I want to feed my brain with great content and audio is one of the best way for me. :) I do a lot of passive listening too during my commute and while being at home. If you want to give it a try, they give a 1 month free trial where you can get 1 book free and you may cancel if you don't like the service. PS: Search online and you may get some offers where they give 2 books free for the first month (only for new subscribers).
- Best music service, use it instead of Spotify because it also has all my "old" iTunes music and works perfectly with Siri and the watch.Yeah, I am also subscribed to Apple Music. It's great cuz it has any song I need and it's deeply connected into Apple's eco-system.
- I use LastPass and think it's great, but I no longer pay for it since they made sync and mobile use free!small fee ($1 /month) for everywhere sync of all my pssws.
- I've cancelled my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription probably 3 or 4 separate times only to come right back to it. There just isn't anything else on the market as good as Photoshop or Illustrator for editing / vector design, respectively. So every month, I part with my money so I can keep creating pretty pictures.I have been using Adobe's software for a while now. This is one of the most powerful product I have used for my daily routine.
- Evernote is one of those things that people tend to love or hate. I'm in the love camp. Like Kyle, it houses half my brain. Basically my entire college career is saved into the thing, not to mention every note I've ever jotted down, every packing list I've ever created, and so much more. They updated their iOS design and it makes it that much more delightful to use. Happy to pay them to house my knowledge.Because I'm a sucker and this thing has half of my brain saved in it.
- Get the desktop app. CMD + A to quick add a task to your list. Natural language parsing, hashtag support to categorize tasks, easy reoccurrence. Install the Android app and pin the widget to your home screen for constant reminders of what you need to get done.This is the most useful to-do list app around, in my opinion. The interface is clean, and the tags and projects features help with organization. It's a yearly subscription.
- It's a curated collection of very useful apps. I find myself using them regularly, and discovering new ones in the collection all the time. Some of my favorites are Expressions, Gifox, Hype ($50 by itself), Paste, RapidWeaver, and Squash.Most of the programs proposed in the SetApp catalog are running right now on my iMac and the catalog gets bigger and bigger with many useful apps. SetApp keeps 'em up to date for me, so I can use them right away when I need them (without going through the update process when necessary).
- Headspace has helped me create a good routine and motivates me to continue. I love the variety of options it gives you: whether you like guided or unguided meditations, have 5 or 30 min, it's easy to find smth that works for you personally. Especially great for beginners (like me). Monthly subscription is worth every cent.Because meditation helps you keep you in balance
- The best UX of the password management family. Android integration is excellent; iOS integration is ... acceptable. Particularly useful for managing shared passwords.This app literally saved my life and made me a responsible adult. Before Dashlane it was a headache to pay for any bills because I never remembered any passwords or anything. Now everything is easy breezy and I can focus on the stuff that matters vs setting time aside to reset my banking password to pay a bill on time! They are constantly updating the application with new features and anytime I have a question someone on their support team will write back right away. I tried the other apps and was not a fan! Dashlane is superior in all aspects.
- One payment per year. Used actively, YNAB helps me stay on top of recurring and unforeseen expenses; like other subscriptions. Bonuses: tons of reading material and it works with Alexa. "Control your finances, by yelling at them."YNAB is AMAZING! Best budgeting tool I've ever experienced. The offer a 1 month free trial
- Buffer is absolutely the best social media scheduling app that I've found. 💜LOVE Buffer. Couldn't run my business without it!
- I recently subscribed to Ben Thompson's Stratechery. Ben is one the best thinkers in technology and his daily emails are well worth the $10/month.I subscribe to Stratechery as a proxy for acknowledging the incredible content delivered in his and James's Exponent podcast. Both the podcast and blog are absolutely worth checking out if you haven't seen them.
- I use Zapier for connecting my own websites/apps to Slack
- Critical best features: 1) uploading my own music (i.e. mixtapes/EPs that weren't sold) 2) good offline playback (pinning + caching) Plus it's only $8/mo. I'd be paying for the family plan, but I'm on a Google Apps account which doesn't allow that.Every time I mention what I can do on Google Play Music to people who use other services, there's a bit of envy. It doesn't seem Google focuses on exclusive content, more a reliable and excellent service that accommodates most of what other services provide; rarely do I get technical issues, the library is big enough for me to listen to new music all the time, and anywhere.
- I too started my Medium membership. I've switched from personal sites/blog solutions over the years. Medium has been the place I can point to without fail since June 13, 2013. Supporting them was a no-brainer.Medium is currently my favorite product and I'm a super happy paid user. Not only does it provide the best experience for (quality) reading posts in the entire web but I completely agree with Ev's vision. The whole paradigm of attracting eyeballs just for attracting eyeballs' sake is not sustainable and does not necessarily promote quality content.