Online paid services – not worth it.

As previously reported, Yahoo Plus is an attempt by the company to bundle its many paid Web services into one monthly subscription plan. The company is fighting to keep up with its primary competitors–America Online and Microsoft’s MSN–which also are looking to broadband Internet services as a way to generate more revenue.
Last week, Microsoft said it will launch its own paid Net services packages, MSN Premium and MSN Plus, in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. (full story)

My spin: Yahoo, MSN and others are offering paid services, often combined with DSL offerings. While these paid services might provide a bit of value add, I think the main thing they offer is bringing several services under one roof. To the savy consumer, they can bring their own services together – for free – in many cases. Who needs a sprued up, slick toolbar for $10 per month.