Strategic moves in the online music space:
"As of November 8, 2003, EMusic will be discontinuing the unlimited service offering and replacing it with a new service offering that places a reasonable limit on the number of downloads available to each subscriber in a month".
The limit is either 40 for 10 bucks, or 65 for 15. Can I get a Hallelujah (says Magnatune)!!
Why are they doing this?
"The music industry continues to suffer under intense financial, legal and technological pressure. As a provider of music downloads, EMusic is subject to a complex system of intellectual property rights and technological challenges that impose high costs and often uncertain risks on the company".
What does that mean? Basically, they probably realized that they were giving away far too much given iTunes' pricing model. But of course, iTunes has higher quality stuff - and isn't trying to charge for bundles, like eMusic is. Maybe they were also getting license intimidation from some of their bigger labels.