News: Emusic Scales Back
, the pioneer among online music sites, has been sold, and, more importantly, is scaling back its service
. It's still the only service offering downloads in the standard MP3 format, still has the best selection of independent labels, but is now owned by Dimensional Associates LLC, a private equity group, but has limited its main subscriber base, paying $10 a month, to no more than 40 downloads a month.
Now, those wanting more -- up to 300 tracks per month (approximately 25 albums) -- will have to pay a monthly charge of $50. Sad, but inevitable. And it's still cheaper than most online music services.