Watch out iTunes, Google Play is gonna steal yo biz

Inneresting!

My Google homepage recently revealed a new tab (or I just now noticed it): Google Play. Here at Google Play, you can buy music, books, movies and Android apps. Oh, no iPhone apps you say?! Shocking!

This will seriously only be interesting to me and probably a lot of other people if this creates some competition for the pricey shit over at the iTunes store. Because really, if we stopped renting movies from actual video stores for $3.99, what makes anyone think we’re going to ‘rent’ a 24-hour digital copy for that much?!

Sherlock Holmes investigates: The stolen platform. Image via zdnet.co.uk

They need to lower their shit to Redbox prices. I think people would rather drive to Redbox and spend $1.29 on a movie than rent one for $3.99 at either iTunes or Google Play. Especially since there is barely any overhead cost in renting a movie online. It’s just downloading. At least with Redbox we get the actual video, and can keep it for longer than 24 hours (once we start watching it. iTunes has some pretty sophisticated rulez) with an extra charge (the beauty being that the extra charge is within our power, and we’re all power hungry mofos who love being in control). iTunes telling us we have 30 days to begin the movie and then 24 hours after that to watch the movie is bogus and self-harmworthy. It causes our brains to melt in judgmental disgust anyways from A) watching something presumably dumber than rocks that was made in Hollywood and B) vastly overpaying for it.

It’s no surprise people want the fuck out of our money, but come on. Sell it to us cheap and we’ll buy it. Otherwise that shit gonn’ get stolen. That’s what capitalism is, right?!

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Beauty: Bathtime relaxation on the cheap

One of my favorite things to do to relax is take a bubble bath, sip on a glass of wine and listen to music. The best part is that it’s a very cheap relaxation ritual!

Bubble Bath

Hells yeah doggy. You're doing it right. Photo via my.firefighternation.com
Hells yeah doggy. You're doing it right. Photo via my.firefighternation.com

Bubble baths are amazing. Really. I am a huge fan of bubble baths, as they are so luxurious for literally spending pennies on allowing yourself to wind down.

The great thing about bubble baths is that you really don’t have to spend a lot of money on them. I’ve always used random ones from Target or Walmart, like Lander that is around $3. Bubble baths that I’ve bought at Walmart have been better than expensive ones from department stores.

I actually tried some ‘designer’ bubble bath that I bought at Macy’s, thinking the bubbles would be like, the silkiest and biggest bubbles alive and that I’d probably drown in them from sheer luxury. I picked out Philosophy’s Raspberry Sorbet 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath for $16, and it turned out to be the most lackluster bubble bath of my life. So in the case of bubble baths, the cheaper, the better.

Wine

Frontera wine is imported, amazing and reasonably priced. Photo via fronterawines.com
Frontera wine is imported, amazing and reasonably priced. Photo via fronterawines.com

Another great addition to inexpensive bathtime relaxation is wine. I’m a firm believer in wine for all occasions. What better way to unwind than with a bubble bath AND wine?!

One really great wine with a reasonable price is Chilean wine from Concha y Toro. Their FronteraCabernet Sauvignon runs around $10 a bottle and is really good imported wine for the price. I used to buy a bottle for $4 when I lived in Chile. Sigh!

Music and Podcasts

If you’re like me and need something to take your mind of the day or your schedule tomorrow, playing relaxing music or a podcast is a great way to further your relaxation escape. Depending on my mood, I would choose classical music when I was feeling regal, ambient when I wanted to get lost in music and podcasts when I wanted to listen. You can find music for free through pandora or last.fm and podcasts are always free on itunes.

Last Touches

Grab a book or a magazine, light some candles and just relax. After all, it’s nice to break away from everyday stresses and technology if only for 20 minutes. Sometimes I find it difficult to relax, but it is such a necessary part of our routine. I hope you find time to relax and spend on yourself, because your serenity, even on a budget, is important.