While in a much earlier phase of the Internet you only needed to have a paid subscription to a service such as AOL to allow you access to email and the Web, that was in the days before streaming and cloud service which adds up to many more subscription possibilities. Do you purchase website/app subscriptions?
So now you don’t need that AOL subscription, but instead you probably have a subscription to a different Internet service provider. But you’re presented with options for subscriptions to streaming services and cloud services as well as other services.
Using streaming services allows you to avoid paying a high cost for cable or a dish, but if you’re getting Netflix, Hulu Amazon Prime, etc., you’re into it for a lot of money every month anyway. And then you can add a music streaming service such as Spotify or Apple Music.
And there are many, many cloud services out there. You can start with basic ones such as Google Cloud Storage or Apple’s iCloud. But then there are others like OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Evernote. And then there are even services outside of streaming and storage that ask you to pay a premium free.
It can be exhausting. And some people just don’t want to pay for any of it. They don’t feel they should have to pay anything and that what they receive over the Internet should be free.
Where do you fall in this? Do you pay for streaming? What about cloud storage? Do you pay for other services? Do you budget your subscriptions so that you’re not paying too much? Or do you avoid subscriptions altogether?
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