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Decluttering advice for those drowning in digital chaos


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Updated: 4/22/2013 8:52 am Published: 4/22/2013 8:52 am


(BPT) - Smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, e-readers and music players - most of us have more than one digital device in our lives. Juggling so many devices and trying to sync data among them can leave you feeling like you're drowning in digital chaos.

If you're looking to declutter your digital life, getting a handle on your music is a good place to start.

For most people, it's not uncommon to have hundreds or thousands of music files. While that variety is enjoyable, those high numbers have some underlying consequences: first, the sheer cost of paying for those songs and albums, and second, the amount of space they take up. And if your music isn't shareable across platforms, there's a serious frustration factor.

A digital music subscription can be a great solution, offering a variety of benefits:

1. Cost cutting. Digital music subscriptions offer millions of licensed songs and albums, typically for around $10 per month. Weighing that price against what you'd pay for individual tracks, the savings can add up quickly. For example, a premium subscription to Sony Entertainment Network's Music Unlimited service gives users access to more than 18 million songs from all of the major labels and many independents and costs under $120 for the whole year.

2. Access anywhere. Digital subscriptions make it easy to access music across devices like personal computers, iPhone and Android smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles and more. So there's no need to buy yet another gadget to have all the music you want at your fingertips, wherever you are. There is even offline playback for Android devices so you do not need to be connected to the internet to enjoy your favorite music.

3. Keep it secure. If you've ever gotten a 'no files found' message or lost a device, you know the panic that the thought of losing your music collection will induce. A digital subscription keeps your library safe in the cloud, so that you don't need to fear losing it all - and having to replace it.

4. Find new music. A defining part of being a music lover is always looking for great new music. An added benefit of a digital subscription is that it allows you to explore bands you haven't heard of before; some services also provide features to help you navigate the choices available based on your preferences. Aside from delivering all of the latest album releases, Sony's Music Unlimited service hosts dozens and dozens of pre-programmed channels and additional channels created by user preference through My Channels.

Cut down the digital clutter and optimize your life. Take the first step by trying the Music Unlimited service - there is a free 30-day trial to get you started. Learn more at music.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com.


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