I logged on to eMusic today to discover that effective Nov. 21, the DRM-free download service will offer less bang for the buck. Under the current plan, subscribers may download 40 tunes a month for $9.99. Anyone subscribing after Nov. 21, however, will get just 30 tunes a month for that price. That's still cheaper than iTunes, but the catalog is not as extensive. (For fans of indie, early punk and postpunk, Americana, classic country, and blues and jazz, eMusic has plenty to offer.) Existing customers can lock in to the current plan or upgrade at the current rates.
The Digital Media Wire report says eMusic is defending the change because "it has added hundreds of new features and grown its catalog from 250,000 to 1.7 million tracks since the previous pricing was set in 2003.
"We still offer the best value out of any download service, 25 cents a track," an eMusic spokesperson told The Register. "We're offering people more so we feel can we can charge more for it."
If you've been thinking about subscribing to eMusic, now is the time to do it. Plus, eMusic still offers DRM-free downloads, which is nice.