Ryan Hoover
Ryan HooverFounder, Product Hunt

What subscription services do you pay for and why?

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.
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  1. 554
    Spotify

    Any song. One tap away.

    I listen music almost all day and not having ads + mobile music download is a must
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    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Spotify 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.
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    Jakub Rogalski
    Jakub Rogalski35Community Manager at Brand24 · Written
    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.
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  2. Amaël Sikel
    Amaël Sikel4Android developer · Written
    Do I need to explain why? 😁
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    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    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.
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    Who doesn't know about Netflix? The one thing I'll say, their discovery has gotten weaker with an overemphasis on their own content. But, it's still a tremendous value. It's the new HBO.
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  3. Vanessa Colina
    Vanessa ColinaUX Designer and Illustrator · Written
    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.
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    Colby Fayock
    Colby FayockFront End & UX at Element 84 · Written
    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.
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    The only SaaS product I pay for personally. $99/yr for a *terabyte* is great value and that's all my backup issues sorted in one go. Also supports multi-factor auth.
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  4. Vadim
    VadimProduct Enthusiast · Written
    Great experience and I don't have to remember all the passwords
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    Evan J Zimmerman
    Evan J ZimmermanEntrepreneur, VC, writer · Written
    Honestly 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.
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    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.
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  5. Irfan Arif
    Irfan ArifProduct Manager @ MHR · Written
    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 :)
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    james frewin
    james frewinHead of Creative @ Labstep · Written
    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.
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    James Welch
    James Welch5CEO @ innovationcompany.co.uk · Written
    Runs my entire life, business and side projects.
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    Audible.com

    The best way to listen to Audiobooks on your iPhone

    Jack Dweck
    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Edited
    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.
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    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).
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    Senthilkumar Kandaswamy
    Senthilkumar KandaswamyBusiness Analyst, Delta Airlines · Written
    Audible has been my 'Automobile university' for more than 3 years now. I have a long commute and Audible has been a great partner on the ride.
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    Apple Music

    All the ways you love music. All in one place.

    Philip Brechler
    Philip BrechlerProduct Manager at mobile.de · Written
    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.
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    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.
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    I absolutely love Apple Music.
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    LastPass

    Newly launched Mac OS X integration for password management

    Brandon Bayer
    Brandon BayerMaking AcornBookmarks.com, Indie Hacker · Written
    I use LastPass and think it's great, but I no longer pay for it since they made sync and mobile use free!
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    Eduardo Bilk
    Eduardo BilkStuding master computing · Written
    small fee ($1 /month) for everywhere sync of all my pssws.
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    Yoni Shechter
    Yoni ShechterFounder at @FavorizeApp · Written
    Might be the most useful service I pay for. Love their authenticator!
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    • matt kocaj
      matt kocajDev on a mission to work for himself

      It's definitely a leap to use a password manager. Actually it's a pain in the ass. but it's so worth it.

      Passwords aren't going away any time soon so this is the only safe options for the near future. Get onto it.

      If you're having trouble convincing your mainstream friends and family try this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgCHcuCw_RQ

    • Nick Allen
      Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      LastPass means you never have to use the same password on multiple websites again. Use the handy features to share your passwords with other users and sync your work account so that you can easily onboard team members. User for yeasrs.

  9. Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    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.
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    Kshitij Choudhary
    Kshitij ChoudharyUser Interface Designer & Product Lover. · Written
    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.
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    Elise Graham
    Elise GrahamHead of Product Design | Olivia AI · Written
    This is so much better than individual licenses, there are frequent updates, and you get the *entire* Adobe suite, which is helpful if you need Premiere or Muse in a pinch.
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  10. 132
    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Kate
    Kate53Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    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.
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    Kyle Hess
    Kyle Hess5Fintech Product Manager · Written
    Because I'm a sucker and this thing has half of my brain saved in it.
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    Keir Williams
    Keir WilliamsOfficer at @TheGreenParty · Written
    Basically my filing cabinet I can take everywhere. Never know when I'm going to need something, and I can find it quickly.
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    • Emily Kellert
      Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

    • David Neira
      David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

  11. 99
    Todoist

    Organize your life. Then go enjoy it.

    Jason
    JasonUX Designer at foundrymakes.com · Written
    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.
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    Donte Ledbetter
    Donte LedbetterSenior Marketing Manager at Stash · Written
    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.
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    Keir Williams
    Keir WilliamsOfficer at @TheGreenParty · Written
    Very solid app that's well supported. So clean and simple but packs a lot of underestimated power. They listen to their users as well. They have an amazing support team, they're always a delight to speak to.
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    • haabe
      haabeDeveloper @ Snopp Designbyrå

      We were looking for a tool to replace Asana, and after initially testing Todoist, became certain it could be the tool for us. But sharing projects is a PITA. There's no easy way to let your team have access to all newly created projects. Also, the projects structure isn't shared, so sharing a new subproject causes havoc in the teammate's projects structure, and the teammate needs to manually configure the projects structure according to it's intended layout.

    • Marta
      MartaFront-end, UI and UX designer

      Organize your life with pleasure. Add due date to tasks, tasks inside projects, subprojects and subtasks. Call your friends to join your project and assign tasks for them. Comment and add images on tasks. Have your tasks everywhere with nice apps. Love it.

  12. 107
    Setapp

    Get 100+ curated Mac apps in a single subscription.

    Jeremy Bolesky
    Jeremy BoleskyProducer and IT, Leopold Ketel · Written
    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 ($50 by itself), Paste, RapidWeaver, and Squash.
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    Most of the programs proposed in the SetApp catalog are running right now on my iMac and the catalog gets bigger and bigger with many useful apps. SetApp keeps 'em up to date for me, so I can use them right away when I need them (without going through the update process when necessary).
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    SetApp gives me 73 programs for 10$ per month. It's much cheaper than buying apps one by one in AppStore.
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    • Christina Warren
      Christina WarrenSenior Cloud Developer Advocate

      I've been using SetApp for more than a year and I have to say, it's become one of my favorite services.

      I was skeptical about an app subscription service, but did the math and for Ulysses, Screens, and a few other must-have apps, it was worth its price.

      To my surprise, it has actually become even more valuable, as I discover apps I wouldn't have otherwise used -- like Expressions and TablePlus -- or that I may have been weary about buying for their price (like Downie, a youtube-dl frontend that is great but not something I'd necessarily want to spend $20 on).

      If you have already paid for some of the pricier apps in SetApp, it's "value" may not be as great -- but as time goes on and more major upgrades are released, it's something Mac users, especially power Mac users should definitely consider.

      I love it.

    • M. Akif Petek
      M. Akif PetekMobile - Web Developer

      First ever subscription model for macOS apps of different companies.

      It's awesome, I regret purchasing many apps before.

  13. 74
    Headspace 2.0

    Meditation made simple in just 10 minutes a day

    Aleksandra
    Aleksandra5Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls · Written
    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.
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    Gianfranco
    GianfrancoOnova.co - Buy and resell clothes 💃📱 · Written
    Because meditation helps you keep you in balance
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    JesperBylund
    JesperBylundFounder, BlankPage.io · Written
    Headspace has practically saved my life. I'd pick this over exercise on general impact on my life.
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    • Brona Molnarova
      Brona Molnarovait's only impossible until it's done

      This is the first and only app I pay for :D Sometimes it can feel like a chore to do stuff that is good for you and this app takes that away for me. I teaches you gently and pleasantly and Ive been able to stick to it and understand more about how minds work. It helped me stop biting my nails.

    • Mayank Sharma
      Mayank SharmaTechnical Architect @ Ntalents.ai

      Great product to get focus in a world of noise

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    Dashlane

    Best Password Manager & Secure Digital Wallet.

    The best UX of the password management family. Android integration is excellent; iOS integration is ... acceptable. Particularly useful for managing shared passwords.
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    Best password management app out there. Slick UX & UI.
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    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.
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  15. 66
    YNAB (You Need a Budget)

    Gain control of your money

    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."
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    Brandon Bayer
    Brandon BayerMaking AcornBookmarks.com, Indie Hacker · Written
    YNAB is AMAZING! Best budgeting tool I've ever experienced. The offer a 1 month free trial
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    I have been using YNAB since it was an offline application. It has been a lifesaver. I've tried a few different budgeting programs, but YNAB has been the only one that has worked well for me.
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    • Jan Beco
      Jan BecoSales & Marketing

      Loving it. Recommended it to dozens of people already. Helped us to get rid of a ton of debt. Check it out.

  16. Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré
    Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré10Co-Founder PurposeBeyondProduct.com · Written
    Buffer is absolutely the best social media scheduling app that I've found. 💜
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    Starlight Social™
    Starlight Social™Founder & CEO, Starlight Social · Written
    LOVE Buffer. Couldn't run my business without it!
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    Arun Sathiya
    Arun Sathiya4Happiness Engineer, Automattic · Written
    I am paying for Buffer Awesome. Probably the best scheduling tool yet for social media marketers.
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  17. 49
    Stratechery

    Daily email analysis on tech biz and strategy

    Jack Dweck
    Jack Dweck20Product Manager at Unroll.Me · Written
    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.
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    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.
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    I love Ben Thompson's whip sharp analysis on tech, strategy and culture. For $10/mo, it's a steal. Highly recommend it.
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  18. 51
    Zapier

    Connect and automate 500+ web apps

    Björn A
    Björn A4🇳🇱 Founder of YTCount.com · Written
    I use Zapier for connecting my own websites/apps to Slack
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    A One Man Dam
    A One Man DamHead of New Product Development, H&R B… · Written
    Allows you to connect anything with anything else without any knowledge of coding. Makes me super efficient. One of the most useful tools in existence.
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    • Matt Lovato
      Matt LovatoMarketing team leader

      Their design is excellent. Behind the scenes its very technical, but the user experience is smooth and easy on the eyes. It does such a great job of taking actions and information in one app and bringing it to your app of choice.

    • Yuxuan Chen
      Yuxuan ChenCustomer Success Manager @Qminder

      For extensive users, pricing model is not so friendly. But other than that, it's very user friendly. You don't need any programming background to create Zaps Zapier also has great amount of support document to help you get going and be creative. Great product.

  19. Tyler Nieman
    Tyler NiemanPrincipal developer (Scout.ai) · Written
    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.
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    Peter Azak
    Peter AzakSelf employed · Written
    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.
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    Joshua Talley
    Joshua TalleySales Operations Manager, Grundfos · Written
    Huge catalog (good as anywhere else), cross-platform accessibility, great radio stations, and even comes with ad-free YouTube!
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    Medium Membership

    $5/month for an ad-free experience with premium content

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia50Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    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.
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    José Cortez
    José CortezSoftware developer @Unbabel · Written
    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.
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    • As there is so many places to consume so much content, it is refreshing to see Medium execute so well in this space for such a small price. Will likely be a long-time paying member.