Friday, September 5, 2008

SpanishPod - subscription changes

 
On September 1, SpanishPod started charging for their podcasts except for the newbie lessons, ¿Qué Pasa? and Del Taco al Tango which will still be available for free. At first, I was sad to hear it because I really love their podcasts and I didn't think I would have the money to pay for even the basic subscription. (It seems everything in our house is breaking down at once - from the refrigerator to the plumbing. Like many of you, money is tight right now.)

But then I started thinking about it as an investment in my future. Out of all the Spanish-language podcasts available, I still think SpanishPod is far superior. I have learned so much from listening to them. I would even go as far as to say that I have learned more from their podcasts than in some of my Spanish courses in college. Their podcasts help me with my teaching and did I mention my language skills just helped me land a very cool part-time job? An investment in my future? Most definitely.

So today, I signed up for the basic subscription of $69/year which equals to $5.75/month which I can handle. With my subscription, I get all the MP3 lessons, video lessons and pdf transcripts. As the saying goes, "you get what you pay for." So true...
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8 comments:

Josh said...

I wondered why I wasn't getting any new podcasts in my iTunes...

Oh well, I guess it was too good of a podcast to be free forever.

Karen said...

That's the thing... it is very good and less than $6/month, worth it. :)

Good to see you!

How's it Taste? said...

In this case, I think you get much more than you pay for! I remember back when SpanishPod used to be SpanishSense- they were one of my favorite podcasts to listen to, but when they switched over to SP, I wasn't very impressed, because all of the old SpanishSense podcasts disappeared, and the new SpanishPod only had a few beginner and a couple intermediate lessons. So I stopped listening for awhile, but then went back one day and found that they had been coming along quite nicely. Now they are my number one favorite Spanish podcast to listen to! I love the format, and really like how they are so regular with new episodes.

P.S. I love your blog too- so full of great links and resources for the Spanish learner!

Karen said...

I love how they post podcasts on a regular basis, too. I'm looking forward to the videos as well. Glad you like my blog. :)

Liliana said...

Dear Karen:
This is Liliana from SpanishPod. I am very happy to read that you decided to subscribe! I know this change could be difficult for a lot of our users, but now we want to concentrate our resources to take SpanishPod to the next level. We already started with two videocast. They are already online! Thanks for listening to SpanishPod, and we always welcome our users feedback.
Saludos y gracias por continuar con nosotros, no te arrepentirás! Adiós guapa!

Karen said...

Liliana - gracias por tu mensaje. SpanishPod es fenomenal. :)

Jessica said...

Karen, because of your recommendation I tried out SpanishPod and liked it a lot. I plan to subscribe in the near future.

There's an award waiting for you at Spanish Lesson Plans for Children.

Yves said...

Thanks for the links!