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Last week we wanted to know whether or not you try to avoid additional tethering fees Do You Try To Avoid Additional Tethering Fees? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Try To Avoid Additional Tethering Fees? [MakeUseOf Poll] Many smartphone providers have recently taken steps to make users pay more for basic services. Tethering laptops and other devices to a smartphone used to be an included service on most phone plans (not all),... Read More imposed by your mobile phone provider. It seems most of us are keen to avoid these costs and will usually find a way of doing so somehow.

We collected a total of 109 votes, with this distribution: 81% readers will avoid tethering costs where possible; 10% voters haven’t thought about avoiding tethering costs or just don’t use tethering; 7% voters want to avoid tethering costs but can’t manage to do so; while 2% readers think additional tethering fees are reasonable and are happy to pay for them.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

It looks like most MakeUseOf readers are ensuring they don’t pay for extra tethering fees.

This week’s poll question is: How Do You Listen To Music At Home?


Most of us would have some way of listening to music at home. But, what’s a normal set-up these days? What devices do you use?

If you’re really proud of your home music set-up, feel free to explain it in the comments. Some of us might get ideas!

  1. Companies House
    September 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I just use my iPhone with songs synched from iTunes and a docking system that connects to the audio port of my surround sound system. It came with a remote control so I find it pretty easy to use, and it sounds great!

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Google Music is my new love, I'm importing my music collection little by little so I can listen to it in every computer I use. 

  3. Esteban
    August 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    In my house I use my Yamaha CD/iPod/USB reader, my Sony MiniCompo (for tuner, phono and tape) plugged to my Yamaha Stereo Amplifier, all goes to four 3-way Fisher speakers. They all do some noise!

    On my PC I use Creative 5.1 speakers and soundcard or my Sony's MDR-SA1000 stereophones.

    When running I use my iPod and Sony's EX500LP stereophones.

  4. Mark O'Neill
    August 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    MP3's on the computer (all legal!!!) and also Grooveshark which I have only recently discovered and got into.

  5. How To Stop Sweating
    August 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I'm just using an iPhone 3G with Sonos wireless speakers and I am happy with how it all works. I'll use my own collection from the iphone and also the lastfm app as well.

  6. Aibek
    August 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Pandora + MOG, both listed on MakeUseOf's Best Websites page,

  7. Chase Vandiver
    August 22, 2011 at 5:22 am

    lol record player

    • Cell Travis
      August 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

      Yes, I know that option's quaint but I still have my grandfather's record player from the 60's along with records in pretty good condition (most of them still play). I guess it features as collector's item :)

    • curts
      August 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

      My wife and I still have a substantial vinyl collection.  For convenience, I've copied some of our best loved tracks using a portable SACD-quality digital recorder and then created down-rezzed FLAC and MP3 versions for computer and portable player playback, respectively.  Waiting for the day when the media center PC can better support SACD-quality file playback through the home theater rig.

  8. Etobian
    August 22, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I store music as FLAC files on Windows Home Server.  In the house, I stream them to SONOS players, and away from the house, I have Subsonic on the server which downsamples the FLACs to MP3s, which I stream to my iPhone.

  9. Mordalo
    August 22, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I've listened to my music pretty much every way you've listed above.
    From the Squeezebox server I'd set up to stream my collection, to my LPs and CDs, to XM Satellite radio, to just sitting back and listening to Internet Radio (my current choice), the music always flows.  Music is my life.

  10. thecolor
    August 22, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I must say, most of my listening is digital streaming, but it's not always on a "box" which to me sounds fixed.  I'll listen to it on whatever I have already open, computer, TV, DVD player (both are new with built in apps), mobile (Spotify, Pandora, etc).  So, streaming is preferred unless I'm feeling really nostalgic then it'd be specifically an old device like a record player, or cassette!

  11. Skyler Huse
    August 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Flac all the way

  12. Clinton Voigt
    August 22, 2011 at 1:18 am

    looove grooveshark

  13. Joshua Clarke
    August 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I use Google Music Beta to stream my music, and I love it!

    And, before anyone asks, I don't have any invites! Sorry!

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