The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What can you do if your subscription to The Well-Tempered Ear has been dropped – and not by you? | May 24, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear is looking for readers to help him with a problem that some readers of The Well-Tempered Ear have encountered.

It seems some readers have had their subscription ended — WITHOUT them ending it.

That is discouraging for the readers and The Ear, who broke the 1,000 subscriber mark not too long ago and who would love to break 1,100.

Some readers ask The Ear (below) to put them back on the active list. But unfortunately, The Ear has nothing to do with that part of the operation.

And he too doesn’t know why it happens.

But he has his suspicions.

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It could be that there is a new software update on the part of either the reader or the part of the blog host, WordPress.

It could be a newer version of an operating system for readers’ computers, such as OS for Apple Macs or Microsoft Windows for Dell and other PCs.

How can you solve it?

How can you renew your subscription?

So far the best suggestion seems to be this: Unsubscribe and then re-subscribe.

But maybe there are better ways that some readers have discovered.

And maybe WordPress, who is responsible for subscription services, will read this and have explanations and suggestions or outright solutions.

In the meantime, The Ear wants to hear how often the problem has happened and how it was solved.

Please leave word about both frequency and solutions to this problem of cancelled subscriptions in the COMMENTS section.

Thank you for this, and for supporting this blog with your subscriptions as well your reading and replying. They all encourage The Ear to carry on.


  1. I had a similar experience with The Writers Almanac. Suddenly their daily e-mail stopped. I tried to subscribe again, but that didn’t work.
    I will try to unsubscribe and resubscribe.
    Recently I went from Windows 8 to Windows 10 which might have had something to do with it.

    Comment by Louis Cannella — May 24, 2016 @ 5:01 pm

  2. Thank you for your helpful and always engaging blog. I don’t have a problem with my subscription – so far. However, I wish to tell friends how to subscribe. Please send instructions. I almost approached you in person with this question during the Rhapsodie Quartet intermission. What a splendid evening!

    Comment by Ginny Moore Kruse — May 24, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    • Top right corner, next to the headline and under the skyline, it says: “Email Subscription

      Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
      Join 1,019 other followers”

      Below that is a box to type your email address and a button that says “Sign me up!”. Click that button after typing your address.

      Comment by Steve Rankin — May 25, 2016 @ 5:54 am

  3. Unsubscribe then resubscribe worked, but I had to do it a couple of times.

    Comment by Diane Wilkinson — May 24, 2016 @ 6:45 am

    • Dear Diane,
      Thank you reading and replying.
      Knowing your experience should be helpful.
      Best wishes,
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — May 24, 2016 @ 7:14 am

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