As of November 8, 2003, EMusic will be discontinuing the unlimited service offering and replacing it with a new service offering that places a reasonable limit on the number of downloads available to each subscriber in a month.
So begins the official eMusic.com Q & A page. Put another way, those unlimited downloads for $10/month you’ve been enjoying? Better drain the hard disk while you still can, because you’ll be paying more later. Thank you, Dimensional Associates LLC.
The new terms involve signing up for either a $9.99/mo Basic membership which includes up to 40 downloads, or a $14.99/mo Plus membership, which includes up to 65 downloads, or (if you’re already a member) a $50/mo Premium membership, which includes up to 300 downloads. Assuming you download the maximum number of allowed tracks each month, the prices per track are $.25, $.23 and $.17. Good per-track prices, but obviously the price goes up any month you don’t download the maximum number. And you pay every month whether you download any or not.
Comments on Slashdot indicate that the previous unpublished limit was actually 2000 songs per month. The suggested plan to sign up for the Premium plan twice a year for one month each wouldn’t work, because you can only sign up for that plan if you were already a member yesterday.
Me, I’m just going to cancel.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…