Best Alternative to Spotify: True Vine’s Membership Program

3544 Hickory Ave., (410) 235-4500,

Spotify is fine, but for $10 a month who needs access to music everyone else has already heard? Hampden record shop True Vine, a perennial reader favorite, offers three levels of yearly membership to keep you ahead of the curve. For a cool hundred bucks a year ($20 less than Spotify Premium), members receive the key to a Davy Jones’ Soundcloud account loaded with treats, in addition to 10 percent off new or used records, tapes, or CDs. For half that price, you get the store discount alongside your key to digital, downloadable gems. Don’t feel like trying to park anywhere near Hampden, ever? Twenty-five dollars a year means access to the Soundcloud, and even though you skip the store discount entirely, a phone call to co-owner and all-around magic person Jason Willett is still totally free of charge.

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