PSA: Free Music Unlimited trial is set to auto-bill you

This is probably something you might have noticed in the fine print when signing up, but here’s a heads up for those who skim: your free 30-day Music Unlimited trial is set to auto-bill your credit card next month.

The just-launched music service for PlayStation 3 allows users to stream and search for music at a premium cost — $9.99 a month. Launched last week for Sony’s console, it’s relatively easy to sign up for the 30-day free trial of Music Unlimited’s “premium” services. But since it’s linked to your PlayStation Network ID and account, it may already have your credit card information, and it’s set to auto-bill you for your next month’s service by default.

It’s easy to change, and you can do it from your web browser. Head over to the Music Unlimited website and sign in. Click on “Account,” and then find and click on the “Media” tab. Browse your downloads until you find “Music Unlimited.” Click on the service, and then expand the top drop down. Finally, click “Cancel Automatic Renewal.” And that’s it, Sony won’t take $9.99 out of your pocket unless you want them to.

I actually like the service, which is quite similar to Microsoft’s excellent Zune Pass that works on Xbox 360. My biggest complaint was what I thought was the apparent lack of screensaver while music was playing, but it turns out I was wrong on that front. Do I want to pay $9.99 a month for the streaming music service? I’m not sure yet, but at least I have 30 days to figure it out.

Have you tried out Music Unlimited on the PS3 yet? If so, what do you think?

[Thanks, Jan!]

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