Spotify's cost just increased — here are the best alternatives

fjtorres5591

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Get used to it.
All services are going to go up.
Dumping Spotify or Netflix or GamePass over a price increase will only land you in a service that hasn't raised prices *yet*.
In a word: inflation.

You don't raise the price of food, clothing, gas, and pretty much everything physical without impacting the cost of everything else.

The effect of high inflation is that money is worth less, and if money is worth less in purchasing power, the price of everything must go up proportionally.

The only exceptions are things that would naturally have gone down *without* high inflation, which allows the vendors to stay at the price point instead of moving down as they oterwise would. Case in point: consoles. We are heading into the fourth holiday season, or the third full season if we ignire the year of pandemic scarcity. By now we should be looking at a list price drop of at least 10% at the high end and 25% at the low end. Odds are we'll see them for black friday but by January the prices will be back close to what thdy were at introduction.

Basing decisions on incremental price increases alone is futile.
The options are to judge value and adapt. Either suck it up or drop it altogether.

We've had thirty years of artificially low interest rates. Those days are over. Now it's back to the "normal" of the 60's and 80's.
 

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Addendum: Amazon just raised prices by a dollar For their music subscription.
Higher operating costs, higher subscription price.
Of course, the artists don't get an increase.
 

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