This I ripped off from library guru Walt Crawford, who got it from SF author and uber-blogger John Scalzi. From whom I learned that AOL still exists and that there is a paid version of LiveJournal. Who knew? And why Rhapsody? Who are these people who are willing to pay every month to rent music that could be taken away from them at any time? Those who don't want the option of making a mix CD or tape do not love music in any way I can understand. I was glad that some of Scalzi's commentors mentioned library subscriptions. Don't pay for any online encyclopedias or magazine articles if you can get them free with your library card, people! The free Encyclopedia Britannica subscription for bloggers is also awesome.
1. IpHouse for Internet with Qwest DSL. I could save by bundling with Qwest and get msn.com email (ugh!), but IpHouse has given me such great support over the years and I can always get someone on the phone right away.
2. Netflix (4 movies-at-a-time grandfathered account). I watch a lot of movies, so it's definitely worth it, and it keeps me from being tempted to get cable. What with TV shows on Netflix, from the library and on Apple TV, I can barely stand to watch commercials any more.
3. Flickr Pro. I consider it a backup option for my photos. I have over 1700 on there right now, so going back to the 200 limit on the free account would be hard.
4. Amazon Prime. It pays for itself over the holidays.
5. GoDaddy web site for $10/year. So no one else can ever have Badassjfro.com. Branding, baby!
Things I used to pay for, but dropped:
1. Live365. I listen to most of my Internet radio on AppleTV now, and there's no way to get the subscribers-only no-commercials version of Live365 radio stations on there (that I know of, at least).
2. Mac.com/MobileMe. I don't need a fancier web page than Blogger can provide, and I can access files away from home with a flash drive. We Macies pay more for a better computer, we should get this service free, dammit!
Things I might pay for in the future:
1. Librarything. It's only $25 for a lifetime membership, and I'm nearing the 200-book maximum for a free account. I really like the way they organize my library, just wish there was as good a catalog for music and movies.
2. I plan to donate to some of my favorite Internet radio stations like Radio Nigel and Japan-A-Radio, don't know if that counts.