5 Subscriptions I’m Eyeing for 2024

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Definitely thinking about the second one!

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Monthly subscriptions can be a touchy subject, and I get it!

Having money coming out of your bank account on a monthly or yearly basis can be stressful especially when you’re paying for something that you’ve completely forgotten about.

When it comes to subscriptions, I only tend to subscribe if I really think it will bring value to my life and if I find that I don’t use the product enough to be subscribed to it, I tend to cancel it.

I also tend to keep a spreadsheet that lists the monthly subscriptions I pay and the amount. It’s a small thing but can be very helpful when it comes to managing your outgoings.

But without any further ado, here are 5 products I’m thinking about subscribing to in 2024…

1. YouTube Music

I tend to listen to a lot of music at home when I’m out and about and when I commute to and from work.

Over the last two years, my go-to music streaming service was and still is Spotify, which is a pretty decent service if you ask me. It’s so good that I even pay for the premium.

I mainly pay for a premium because I want to have access to music when I’m commuting to and from work by train as the signal can be terrible! It’s also good to be able to skip songs as much as you want to, not have to listen to ads and choose a better quality of sound.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve seriously been thinking about swapping Spotify for YouTube Music as not only does the app feel better in my opinion, but I also have the ability to add music videos to my playlists, which is great if you like listening to indie music.

I have had YouTube music in the past and enjoyed the experience. However, I decided to cancel my subscription as I live in the Amazon Echo ecosystem which unfortunately doesn’t support YouTube music.

But I am now slowly starting to replace my ageing Amazon Echo devices with Nest Hubs as they seem to suit our needs a bit better.

In terms of pricing, YouTube Music Premium is available for £10.99 per month or £16.99 per month for a family plan which allows you to add 5 family members in your household.

2. Endel

The second app I’m thinking about subscribing to is an app called Endel which I’ve recently discovered thanks to Liam Porritt’s video “90 Days To A Better Life”, you can check out the video here.

The app essentially creates AI-powered soundscapes designed to support your everyday life.

Whether you need help getting to sleep, you want to focus on work or you’ve had a difficult day at work and want to relax, Endel works great!

They state that it’s backed by science and based on my own personal experience with the trial, I definitely think it helps me stay focused and stress-free.

Best of all, the app works on several devices and is even compatible with Amazon Alexa, which I haven’t tried yet, but if I do decide to get the subscription, I will do a more in-depth review.

At the time of writing this blog post, Endel is available for £48.99 annually, £8.99 per month, £26.99 per 3 months and £249.99 for a lifetime subscription.

I must admit it’s nice to see that there are many pricing options available!

Overall, based on my usage, I think that Endel is a great app to have, especially if you live a busy lifestyle!

3. Notion AI Add-on

Notion AI is one of the reasons I decided to go back to Notion. Having tried the trial, I think it works great, especially for content creation.

I tend to draft out all my blog posts and YouTube scripts in Notion and sometimes, I find it difficult to start writing.

With the help of Notion, I can ask the AI to generate a template for me or even help me with an introduction if I am struggling to start.

I can even ask it to generate 10 title ideas for an upcoming YouTube video or blog post, which can help me save a lot of time, especially when I can’t think of a good enough title!

At the time of writing this blog post, Notion AI is available for $10 per member, per month.

Overall, I feel that Notion AI is extremely beneficial for my workflow, but I feel that the $10 per month is a bit steep just for it to be integrated into Notion.

I think I would much rather pay OpenAI for a premium ChatGPT subscription, which brings me to the next item I am thinking about subscribing to.

4. Chat GPT

I’m currently a huge fan of ChatGPT, I think it is a brilliant tool that has huge potential both in my personal and professional life.

At the same time, I feel that it is a tool we need to be very careful with and how we use it.

At present, I use ChatGPT for a number of uses such as drafting out emails and writing out code snippets.

I even use it to help me start writing blog posts and YouTube scripts as sometimes it can be difficult to start writing.

The uses of ChatGPT are endless, you can even use it for relationship advice and for composing music!

The one thing that is putting me off the subscription at present is the hefty price which is $20 per month.

I know that it sounds like a lot, but it also gives you access to GPT-4 as well as other advanced tools such as DALL-E which is a text-to-image tool that allows you to create images from text, which I think is pretty awesome!

5. Masked Email With 1Password – FastMail

A couple of months ago I decided to migrate from NordPass to 1Password as everyone seems to be recommending it and I guess I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about.

The other thing that fed my decision was the fact that I use a Chromebook and NordPass, was not fully compatible with it as the Chrome extension requires a companion app.

The other reason I decided to migrate to 1Password was their Masked Email feature which stops you from having to give out your email addresses with every service you sign up for.

Instead, with the help of Masked Email, you can take control of your privacy and create anonymous email accounts for every service you sign up for.

I think that it is a brilliant idea from the security point of view as it stops you from having to share your email address to platforms you may not want to share it to.

It’s also great that if the website you share your email address with gets hacked and your email address gets stolen, it’s not your primary email address.

At the time of writing this article, the basic plan just costs $3 per month for the basic plan, $5 per month for the standard plan and $9 per month for the professional plan.

They also offer annual plans with the basic costing $30 per year, the standard $50 per year and the professional $90 per year.

But I think the basic plan is perfectly suitable for me.

Final Thoughts

These are the subscriptions I am likely to subscribe to in 2024, I say 2024, but the truth of the matter is that I may even decide to subscribe to these sooner, I just need to find a good enough excuse.

I believe that all of the subscriptions I mentioned will have some sort of a positive impact on my life based on me trying them out as well as other feedback and reviews.

What apps are you thinking about subscribing to next year? Let us know in the comments!