Microsoft has brought a wealth of great new features to their Xbox game console. Most of those new services require a subscription to their Xbox LIVE Gold gaming service. This is required for Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN3, etc. Microsoft clearly wants their customers to be able to try out all of these new services though, because currently they are offering a one month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold for only $1! You can only access this deal from the Xbox dashboard, and it is set up as an auto-renewing monthly subscription. That means that if you don’t manually cancel before the month is over that it will bill you at $9.99/month. If you like the service you’d be better off [amazon_link id=”B0029LJIFG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]buying a one year subscription from Amazon for only $49.99[/amazon_link]. Also, if you’re already a Gold subscriber you won’t see this promotion. Your account has to be an Xbox LIVE Silver account to see the ad.
The video services aren’t the only ones worth checking out on the Xbox though. Microsoft also offers a music subscription service called the Zune Pass. It offers you unlimited downloading and streaming of all of the music in the Zune Marketplace on mutliple devices, including the Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Zunes, and a web browser, for only $9.99 per month. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to part with ten bucks every month for music, then you can also get a 14 day free trial. Again, this offer can be acquired via the Xbox LIVE dashboard, and it will also automatically renew at the regular rate of $9.99/month after the trial is over.