Microsoft Store offers an Xbox Music Pass 1-Year Membership for $49.90. That's the lowest price we could find by $50. It includes Smart DJ, which creates a playlist from similar searched artists, and access from Windows tablets, Windows phones, or the web.
Note that you will need an Xbox LIVE Gold membership in order to stream music from an Xbox.
World Music Supply offers the Washburn XM Series Electric Guitar in Black, model no. XM120EPROB, for $249.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $249. It features a basswood body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets, 3-way pickup toggle switch, and volume and tone control knobs.
Need it for Christmas? Choose FedEx 2-Day shipping for around $16 to guarantee delivery.
Amazon offers Prime members the Snark String Instrument Clip-On Guitar Tuner in Blue, model no. SN-1, or Black, model no. SN-6, for $8.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more; otherwise shipping adds $5.07.) That's the lowest total price we could find by a buck. It features 360-degree rotation, tap tempo metronome, and a high sensitivity vibration sensor. Deal ends December 23.
Google Play offers a selection of Linkin Park MP3 albums for $1.99 each. That's $5 under the best price we could find for any of these digital albums purchased elsewhere, although most cost $10 or more. Available albums include "Hybrid Theory," "Meteora," "A Thousand Suns," "Recharged," and more.
Google Play offers downloads of the BBR Music Group The Dirt Road MP3 Album for free. That's the best deal we could find for this 11-track album. (Most of these songs are at least 99 cents on Amazon and iTunes.) It features artists such as Jason Aldean, Parmalee, and Thompson Square.
Best Buy offers a Spotify Premium Service 60-Day Trial for free. That's a savings of $20 and tied with our mention from a year ago as the best deal we've seen for a trial of this length. (We saw a 3-month subscription for $1 two weeks ago.) It features offline access to playlists, no advertisements, and more. You must cancel the subscription before the trial is over or you will be billed for one month of service, currently $9.99.
Best Choice Products via eBay offers this Beginners Acoustic Guitar Starter Kit in Black for $34.95 with free shipping. That's $40 off list and the lowest total price we could find, although it was $5 less in September. This set includes a 38" acoustic guitar, case, strap, tuner, extra strings, and pick.
Note: It's not guaranteed for delivery by Christmas.
Audible offers downloads of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen Audiobook for free. That's the best price we could find for this recently-released audiobook. Narrated by Julia Whelan (Audible's 2014 Narrator of the Year), this story is actually the inspiration for Disney's Frozen.
Google Play offers 10 MP3 singles for free. Choose from ditties by Nirvana, Kanye West, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Lorde, and more. Many of these tracks cost at least a buck each on Amazon and iTunes, making this the best deal we could find for this musical smorgasbord by $10. (You can choose which songs you want.)
Amazon MP3 Store offers a selection of Christmas MP3 Albums and Singles for free. That's a savings of at least 99 cents each and the lowest price we could find. The deals (Amazon MP3 downloader is required):
World Music Supply discounts a number of Guild acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars. Plus, all orders bag free shipping. These guitars all feature an arched-back design, Sitka spruce top, and mahogany sides and back, and include a polyfoam case. The deals:
At Target, buy a select vinyl record and get a second for 50% off. (Discount applies in cart.) Plus, all orders qualify for free shipping. Combined, that yields many price lows on a wide variety of albums. Available artists include Arcade Fire, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Daniel Johnston, and more.
Google Play offers downloads of its December Antenna 17-Track MP3 Sampler for free. (iTunes and Amazon charge 89 cents or more for most of these tracks.) That's tied with last month's mention of a similar album. It features songs from artists like Elizabeth Shepherd (pictured), Beacon, Hookworms, Your Old Droog, and Torn Hawk.