What Is Playster?


With the ever­growing number of streaming services available on the market today, it can be hard to figure out which one is best for you. And when a new contender hits the market, comparing its pros and cons to a handful of other apps and sites can prove to be a serious challenge.

One of the latest subscription­based entertainment portals to throw its hat into the ring is Playster . With a motto that promises ‘Entertainment Unlimited’, it seems the service is trying to differentiate itself from others in a big way. Offering users unlimited access to books, audiobooks, movies, music and games in one place is a model that we haven’t seen before, but it sure does make sense. After all, who likes logging in and out of Spotify, Netflix, Audible ­ you name it ­ and paying for multiple memberships?

Playster lets users consume as much content as they want online, plus save as many books as they like to read offline for $24.95 a month. If you’re a heavy reader, their $9.95 book and audiobook subscription is a serious bargain. Unlike Scribd, there are no restrictions on consumption and no rotating catalog of unlimited books. Instead, all titles are available at all times. Not having to stress about being charged extra for reading too many sounds seriously freeing.

If you want to access Playster and give it a try, you can do so in two ways: Download their app or log in online ­­ it works on pretty much any device and browser. Up to five people can log in at once, which makes it perfect for sharing. Plus, there’s no need to keep track of who is watching what or fight over who gets to use the account first because the flat fee pricing doesn’t increase with consumption.

Right now, their biggest selection of titles is in the audiobooks category. A quick browse through the library revealed new releases like Cameron Diaz’s T he Longevity Book and Oprah’s Little Book of Love and Friendship, as well as classics like T he Great Gatsby . There’s also a big kid and young adults section, which makes it a good option for families, too.

The sorting function could be improved, as it doesn’t automatically show you new releases, and they don’t have all of our favorite artists in the music section, but they’re currently in Beta, so we’re assuming this will soon change.

Playster also advertises a custom Combo Box. Basically, it’s an Android tablet and HD headphones, which they’ll send you for free if you sign up for 12 months. You get to keep them forever and the tablet isn’t locked to Playster ­ you can download other apps, surf the web and use it the way you would any other tablet. That, we have to admit, is pretty cool.

If you’re interested, they’re currently offering a free 30­day trial, which is a great way to give the service a go without having to commit: www.playster.com

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