Much as I love services like Pandora andfor streaming music, sometimes you want to hear exactly the songs you want to hear -- hence on-demand services like Rdio and Spotify.
Of course, most of those services cost around $10 per month. If you like the idea but not the price, Sony has a deal worth considering: a one-year Music Unlimited subscription for $59.99. That's 50 percent of the regular price and the equivalent of $5 monthly.
Even better, if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can get the Music Unlimited plan for $41.99.
Sony's streaming service doesn't get nearly the attention of the Rdios and Spotifys of the world, but it seems like a pretty competitive offering. The cloud-based catalog includes over 20 million songs, all of which can be played on PCs, Macs, iDevices, Android devices, and Sony's entertainment gear: PSP, PS3, and Vita.
Like Pandora and Slacker, Music Unlimited includes various genre channels and lets you create your own. And as with the premium versions of those services, it offers ad-free playback and unlimited skips.
Interestingly, the Android version of the Music Unlimited app supports downloading so you can listen offline, but the iOS version currently doesn't. That's something of a disappointment for me, though I mostly stream music over Wi-Fi anyway, so it's not a deal breaker.
This offer is good until early September, so you've got time to decide if you're interested. In the meantime, you can hit up a 30-day free trial. But I'd say that for half the price of a Spotify or similar subscription, Sony Music Unlimited is definitely worth considering. That's an awful lot of music for just five bucks per month.
Bonus deal: If you end up streaming a lot of music on your mobile device, you're going to need extra power. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Groupon has the Mota 4,000mAh Power Block for $29.99 shipped. It lists for $69.99, looks like a big, flat Lego brick, and comes in your choice of colors: blue, green, or pink. Mota bundles five connectors (including Lightning!) for charging pretty much any mobile device. And it has a dedicated 2.1A port for charging iPads and other tablets. The only hitch is that I haven't found any reviews of the product. But Groupon does offer free returns if you're not happy.
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