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Playster review

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The Basic plan offers unlimited audiobooks — but accessing some Premium titles requires an upgrade.

Playster offers unlimited audiobooks that you can listen to for a monthly fee through the Playster app, which supports both Android and iOS systems. But many people expecting a truly unlimited listening experience may end up being disappointed.

What is Playster?

Playster’s audiobooks library runs more than 50,000 titles strong, which doesn’t compare to some of its bigger competitors. But you are entitled to listen to as many books as you wish.

On the flipside, users might find using the Basic plan for $14.95 per month that many titles are ranked as Premium, in which case you’ll have to step up your membership to access them. That means signing up the Premium plan for $29.95 a month.

And unlike its Amazon Prime and Audible competitors, you don’t get to keep the titles you download once you cancel your subscription.

Playster has come under fire in recent years for its service. Common complaints from readers include technical faults with the app, a lack of updates and poor customer service.

Plus, its main web page displays only its logo. Otherwise it’s noninteractive — a bit of a concern if you’re looking for more information or to sign up for membership.

But more recent reviews suggest that Playster has upped its game and provides a decent audiobook service that meets its competition. But signing up might be a roundabout experience.

Pros and cons

As with anything, there are good and bad points. Here are some of Playster’s:

Pros

  • Inventive ways of providing curated lists
  • Also offers access to games, movies and music
  • Unlimited audiobooks per month

Cons

  • Plenty of complaints online about technical issues
  • Customer service is poor
  • Audiobook downloads aren’t yours forever

How much does Playster cost?

Playster offers the following plans:

PlanDescriptionCost
Basic planUnlimited access to audiobooks in Playster’s basic category$14.95 per month
Premium planUnlimited access to all audiobooks on Playster$29.95 per month

Does Playster have a free trial?

Playster offers users a free 30-day trial. Once the trial ends, your membership will autorenew on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime.

Playster customer reviews

See what others are saying about Playster:

PlatformReview (Last updated August 4, 2020)
Apple App Store3.2 out of 5 stars (400+ reviews)
Google Play2.7 out of 5 stars (2,200+ reviews)

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If you love the audiobook experience, check out other providers and services to compare your options and best meet your preferences.

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Melanie Huddart joined Finder’s editorial team in 2017, helping to polish up content across niches that include home loans, share trading, shopping and travel. Melanie earned a BA in Specialized Honors English and a BEd from York University in Toronto, Canada. When she isn’t focused on making articles shine, you can find her hanging with her son and her dog, practicing yoga or searching for the next greatest beach.

Expert review

Playster is an audiobook provider offering two monthly plans for unlimited listening. Both Android and iOS user can rejoice in the ability to access its platform to download and listen to books on the go. But titles you download aren’t yours to keep, and many titles are categorized as Premium — and requires a membership upgrade.

Be sure to shop around and do your research to find the best audiobook provider for your lifestyle.

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