Just when we thought iTunes had convinced us to pay for our jams, it looks like we’ve come full circle, back to free. Today, streaming music service MOG will join other services like Spotify and Pandora, offering a “gratis” option, reports The New York Times’s Ben Sisario. “MOG, an American music streaming service, has developed a free version to compete with Spotify.” But is the version really free? Just because you don’t pay out of pocket, doesn’t mean the service doesn’t have a catch. As with all neo-music listening options, it elicits subtler payments. No free streaming music service out there comes without a cost.
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One of my favorite things about Hulu is this: it’s available for “free” online, which actually isn’t free because it includes ads. But when you pay the additional fee for Hulu plus, these ads don’t go away. Essentially, you’re paying for what you watch TWICE, once with your fee and once with the ads. So sometimes you pay twice for your streaming.