My comment on a Lifehacker poll. Would you pay for online content? Or do you already pay for it?
I went completely digital back in 2005. I have spent over $20,000 on CDs, DVDs, and vinyls― I was a hard techno/minimal techno DJ. I no longer pay for cable, nor video rentals, nor would I pay for any kind of content anymore. I don’t have a TV, only a big computer screen. Like the hacker mantra, information is supposed to be free. It’s up to the companies to find new ways of leveraging their readers. Usually, when I hit a pay wall, I stop clicking on articles to that source, the WSJ is among them. I signed up for the NYT as it’s one of the best papers and I really like the online version, though I don’t pay for it.
What do I pay for? Books. I spend hundreds of dollars a year on books. Books are great. I love them. I always have one on me and read in the lost moments of the day. I’ve never liked ebooks and don’t plan on getting an ebook reader anytime soon. The technology is too new and riddled with faults. I also rarely go to the movies. In fact, I’ve probably stopped going altogether. I used to go almost every week a few years ago. I used to spend a lot of money on DVD rentals. I don’t anymore.
Back in 2005, I was paying between $50-400 a month on my cell phone bill. It’s because I worked in finance and needed to talk to clients and employees. Right now, I spend about $30 a year on my cell phone. I bought a SonyEricsson Cyber-Shot K810i in 2007. I rarely get any calls, and it’s usually to do with work.