Yahoo Music Service Raising Prices Again…

Received this in my inbox this morning.  While the Yahoo music service may indeed be less expensive than similar offerings, it’s now effectively “too expensive” for what you get.  Combine their price increase with their slow p.o.s. music player and I’m cancelling the service.

Greetings Yahoo! Music Unlimited Subscriber,
We’d like to give you a heads up about an upcoming change to Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
On November 14, 2006, the cost of a new Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription will increase from $6.99 to $8.99 per month. Despite this price increase, Yahoo! Music Unlimited will still offer the lowest price of any major subscription music service — now with a catalog of more than 2 million songs!
Because you’re a valued subscriber, we’re extending your current rate for an extra month and your credit card will not be charged at the new rate until after December 13, 2006. We’re also giving you an opportunity to upgrade to an annual subscription before November 14, 2006 and lock in the current low price of $4.99 per month (billed in one installment of $59.88). Click here to upgrade to an annual subscription.
To view or edit your account, log in at using your Yahoo! ID and password. If you do not want to subscribe to Yahoo! Music Unlimited at the new rate, you must cancel your subscription before December 14, 2006. If you have more questions, you may contact Customer Care.
Thanks for using Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
– The Yahoo! Music Team


The new Yahoo! email beta.

Honestly, I was excited at first to witness the new Yahoo! mail beta first hand. I logged on and changed from the current interface to the new one and waited with baited breath. And waited. And waited.My very first impression was that it was slowwww. My second impression, once it loaded, was pretty cool new interface. But pretty cool new interface and usability, at least in this case, are mutually exclusive. There is enough lag in the beta to be bothersome. I get some screen rendering anomalies and it will render Firefox useless while it’s logging on (Firefox acts as if it’s locked up). I will post screen shots of my screen rendering issues if I get a chance. I’m also going to time the logon process so that you’ll get an idea of what it’s doing to my browser.

Incidentally, the new beta doesn’t render in Opera. Yahoo! will default to the basic style even though the beta is my default. I assume that at some point, support for Opera will be there.

After using the Yahoo! mail beta for a good couple of weeks, I can assure you that it’s no gmail killer. What’s the use of all the fluff if it slows things down noticably?

Peace out…