With the growing amount of streaming services available, it can be tricky and confusing picking the one(s) that best fit your needs and lifestyle, plus give you the most bang for your buck. Today, we’re taking a closer look at Amazon’s various offerings and how they stack up against the new kid on the block, Playster, which promises unlimited access to everything from books to music and movies for one low monthly price.
Introduced in 2014, Kindle Unlimited gives US readers access to 1.2 million e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 per month. This is a good option for avid bibliophiles, but the subscription solely works if you own a Kindle. Prices for the standard 6” e-reader start at $79.99 and although it has WiFi access, it unfortunately doesn’t have enough capabilities to replace your regular tablet.
Launched in 2005, Amazon Prime costs $99 per year and its initial goal was to offer free two-day shipping (same-day delivery in 27 metro areas) within the US. Now, they’ve added another, somewhat unrelated, division: Amazon Video. Members can stream select movies and TV shows as part of their membership or pay $8.99 per month for the service if they don’t want to sign up for a year of Prime. In 2014, Prime Music also became available to Prime customers, giving them the chance to stream music without ads, plus listen to readymade playlists.
Purchased by Amazon in 2008, Audible charges $14.95 per month for access to one audiobook of the reader’s choice, plus a rotating selection of titles. Each additional book costs extra, which can quickly turn costly for audiobook lovers who plan to consume more than one popular title per month. Audio versions of magazines and newspapers, as well as radio, are also accessible.
Playster Combo Box
Customers who sign up for 12 months of Playster’s all-inclusive plan (which gives them unlimited access to e-books, audiobooks, music, movies and games) will receive a Playster Combo Box delivered straight to their door for free. This includes HD headphones and an Android tablet. The tablet lets users enjoy all of Playster’s perks, plus browse the Web and enjoy all the capabilities of any standard tablet.
World’s First All-In-One Streaming Plan
Unlike Amazon Prime, Playster is unique in that it offers the world’s first all-inclusive streaming plan. For $24.95 per month, users get unlimited access to e-books and audiobooks, plus ad-free music, addictive games (including nostalgic arcade classics), documentaries and hand-picked movies. Plus curated playlists (sorted by mood and genre) in all of the above categories. Bonus: Their entire catalog can be accessed online and offline.
Unlimited E-books + Audiobooks
Since its launch in 2014, Playster has set itself apart from book streaming heavyweights such as Audible by offering unlimited access to over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks. Banishing credit and pay-per-listen models, Playster lets book lovers read and listen to as many titles as they want with zero restrictions. Whether a member finishes one book a month or one a day, they’ll never be charged more than $9.95 per month.
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