Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Music Aficionado?

We're an online community, magazine and streaming service for people who appreciate great music from all decades and genres, not just the latest pop hits.

Is this only for certain kinds of music?

As Duke Ellington put it, there are two kinds of music, "good music and the other kind."

We admire and love great musicianship in any genre, from chamber music and classic rock to beatbox electronica.

How much does it cost to become a member of Music Aficionado?

Nothing. Nada. Zero.

What do I get if I sign up as member of Music Aficionado?

As a basic member of the Music Aficionado community, you get full to access our ever-growing library of original articles, playlists and recommendations. You can also create your own playlists, save your favorite picks, write your own recommendations, and participate in the conversations among members in our community.

However, you will only be able to listen to 30 second previews of songs. To hear the full song, you must signup for a Premium streaming subscription (see below).

What do I get with a Music Aficionado Premium streaming subscription?

In addition to all the benefits of being a Music Aficionado member, with a Premium subscription you can playback full length tracks from our library of 50+ million tracks (essentially the same catalog as Apple Music and Spotify) at up to 320 kbps AAC. You may also download and play songs offline by using our mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.

What are the terms and conditions of a Premium Subscription?

In addition, your use of Music Aficionado services, sites and apps is governed by our Terms of Service, including agreeing not to post or share defamatory, illegal or libellous content.

Do you offer a free trial?

Yes. As long as you have never signed up for a Music Aficionado subscription or trial in the past, you may signup for a free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

How do I sign up for a 14 day free trial?

First, signup for a basic member account by going to the Sign Up Page on our web site (not our iOS or Android apps). You will then automatically be signed up for a 14 day free trial of the Music Aficionado streaming service. There's no obligation. And you can cancel at any time. If you enjoy our site and elect to continue your subscription after the 14 day free trial, you may signup for a ongoing subscription by entering your credit card information in the Account section of 'Your Profile' on our web site.

I'm already a Music Aficionado member. How do I sign up for a free trial?

Simply click the play button on any track, album or playlist and you will be offered a chance to signup for a 14 day free trial (provided you have never signed up for a subscription or trial in the past).

What do I get with a 14 day free trial?

With a 14 day free trial, you get access to all the features and music that come with a Premium subscription. You do not need to enter a credit card and you will not billed for your trial. However, your access only lasts for 14 days. At the end of this period, if you have not entered a valid payment method, your trial will expire and your access to Premium subscription features will end.

How can I see if I am already a subscriber?

Go to the Account section of Your Profile. Your current subscription details will be displayed under “Streaming Subscription.”

What happens when my trial expires?

When you trial expires, you will continue to enjoy all the benefits of being a Music Aficionado basic member. But you will lose the ability to play full-length tracks and be limited to just 30 second previews.

If you would like to become a subscriber after your trial, go to the Account section of Your Profile and enter your payment information.

If I forget to cancel my free trial, will by credit card be charged?

No. If you have signed up for a 14 free trial, then you will not be charged for a subscription unless you elect to subscribe and enter your payment details. To subscribe, go to the Account section of Your Profile.

Can I cancel before my free trial expires?

Yes. To cancel your trial, go to Account section of Your Profile and click on “Cancel My Subscription.”

How do I view or update my payment information?

You can view and update your payment information in the Account section of Your Profile.

How do I cancel my subscription?

You may cancel your subscription at any time by going to the Account section of Your Profile and clicking on the “Cancel My Subscription” button.

Important: There are no refunds for past or partial months. If you have any doubts or questions about whether our service will work for you, please sign up for a 14 day trial first and/or contact us directly and we'll be happy to help answer your questions:

Can I have more than one trial?

No. You may only sign up for a single free trial.

Can I use the same credit card for more than one trial?

No. You may only use a specific credit card number for one trial. For example, if you have already started a trial with a credit card, you may not use that same credit card to start a new trial for a different member account.

My credit card is no longer valid. How will this affect my billing?

If we do not have a valid payment method on file at the time your trial expires or if your payment method becomes invalid, your subscription will be suspended until your payment information is updated. To update your payment method, go to the Account section of Your Profile and click on "Update Payment Method."

Is Music Aficionado available outside of the US?

Not yet. For now, Music Aficionado subscriptions are only available in the US and require a US payment method.

What credit cards do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, JCB Diners Club, and debit cards.

Is my credit card information secure?

Yes. We comply with stringent PCI standards, employ HTTPS for all internet access between you and our site, and use Stripe, an industry-leading provider of payment processing services, to handle all financial information and transactions. This means that Music Aficionado never sees or even has access to your payment information. Your entire financial transaction is handled by Stripe and your credit card company.

The only personal, confidential information we store and have access to is your email address and a random token that uniquely identifies you to the Stripe payment service.

I want to see your Terms of Service and/or Privacy Policy

Here you go: Terms of Service.

How do I get a free T-shirt?

Music Aficionado is a member-curated community: most of the recommendations on our site come from members like you. So if there's an artist, album or song you love, we want to hear about it.

Share what you love with the rest of our members. And if our editors pick your recommendation as a featured pick, we'll post it on our home page and send you a Music Aficionado T-Shirt for free.

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