On June 3rd, 2009, I checked out eMusic to see if there was anything new that I might want to download and I’m met with a major announcement of a massive expansion of their selection and a severe increase in per download prices (same price, fewer downloads). Of course, I read many of the comment and after a few balanced comments there was the torrent of “OMIGOD, YOU JUST RUINED EMUSIC FOR ME FOREVER!” postings.
For a moment (before you read the tonnes of flamage), let me tell you my thoughts and opinions on this:
- Don’t like the price increase on this (and I DON’T like that they hid the price increase as download decreases), but I can swallow it. A company needs to make money to continue (after all, we’re talking about something we can go without, unlike automobiles…). I must say I’m glad that the dig on me is not nearly as bad as it is for some.
- Sony/BMG? Okay…the biggest of the majors, and the lamest of the majors. If you could have gotten WEA, I would have been much happier.
- The company needed to handle this much better. A dictate from on-high, with an attempt to overload the senses doesn’t fool anyone; indeed much of the responses seem to be people goaded by the tactic.
- I can see myself downloading some of the stuff in the Sony/BMG catalog. The Velvet Underground and the first 3 Chicago albums immediately come to mind, I’m sure there’s a few other offerings there that will be worth doing. After all, while I always tried to support indie labels, I have no problem buying and/or supporting a Major Label Artist.
- Hope: That people will jump in for the Sony/BMG stuff and find themselves ordering more Independent stuff. Fear: That Sony/BMG stuff will crowd out the independents, causing eMusic to become what it once was the alternative to.
- And finally: Will I Stay On? Maybe. I’ll want to try it out for a few months. Hopefully the addition of Sony/BMG doesn’t foreshadow a severe downhill drift in Emusic; but if it does it won’t be the first time I’ve stuck by something after its “sell by” date (and this time I’ll definitely be ready to jump off.
Anyway, that’s my take.