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Submission + - eMusic Switches Pricing Model, Adds Universal (reuters.com)

SlashdotOgre writes: The DRM-free, subscription based online music store eMusic has announced that it will be adding over 250,000 tracks from the Universal Music catalog in November and will be switching to a price per track model at that time. Previously, eMusic subscriptions provided their customer a number of credits each month (e.g. under the current system you receive 50 credits for $19.99) where each credit could be used for the download of a track. Under the new pricing model, each track will be priced between $0.49 to $0.89 which will be charged from the users subscription. For most plans this will translate to a significant reduction on the number of potential downloads (e.g. for $19.99 you will best case get 41 downloads of $0.49 each or worst case receive 22 downloads at $0.89). This is the first significant change to their pricing since July of 2009, when eMusic added Sony, their first major label; prior to that time, eMusic focused on independent labels which they still continue to offer. For historical comparison, eMusic's $19.99 plan prior to July 2009 provided 75 downloads a month.

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