Further to the above, the current barrier at emusic is that I can't actually download anything. Have a credit balance of almost $25, but when I try to download (even a single track worth $.49) I am redirected to my account page where there is a message saying I don't have enough credits. No response from customer service yet.
I've been an eMusic user for quite some time and have hundreds of tracks downloaded. I've always been a comparison shopper, though; since I prefer lossless files if there is a lossless source I'll usually go there, unless it's too pricey. For lossy files like eMusic's, I have always been mindful of price. Even the old model, so much for so many tracks, comes down to a track price, and eMusic often was the cheapest. Not always. Still is in many cases, and if it's not I'll buy somewhere else. I do find that emusic's rip quality is higher than CD Baby, but newer iTunes are as good or better, albeit requiring conversion since I don't use the evil empire's players if I can avoid it.
I don't see the new pricing model as a barrier, as it comes down to the same thing -- price per track. If the cost goes up, that will be factored in. There might even be some tracks I want in the big labels, not everyone high profile sucks.
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