eMusic Sold, Gives Up On Unlimited Downloads
from the make-life-worse-for-customers dept
I've been surprised that in all the various discussions about online music business models, very few people spoke about eMusic. They seemed to be about the only "major" online music service that actually offered MP3s without copy protection - and even offered up a nice unlimited download plan. Everyone I know who used eMusic said it was a wonderful way to find out about new artists, and to see what albums to buy and what concerts to attend. Not any more. Found over at Slashdot is this news that eMusic, after being sold, is changing the terms of their service from "unlimited" to "40 downloads/month". That's a pretty low cap if you're using eMusic to explore and find new songs. Next thing you know, they'll be saying that they're getting rid of the MP3 format in favor of some crippled copy protected format. Another situation where a company thinks that they can now charge people more for offering something that's less valuable.