Sunday, June 07, 2009

eMusic's new deal with Sony is bad news for NZ users

And here's why, thanks to Radioscope's Paul Kennedy.

"Popular US-based music subscription site eMusic is to close the door on New Zealand users.

An eMusic spokesperson tells us existing New Zealand customers will continue to be able to use the service, as they "grandfathered" under the current US subscription plans. However, they will soon stop accepting new customers from New Zealand (or anywhere else outside the US, Canada or EU)...

American users faced with price increases will at least be getting access to a raft of new repertoire thanks to the Sony deal. Canadian, British and EU customers won't immediately get the Sony tracks, but their music prices are being maintained. New Zealanders get the worst end of both deals - no new content but increased prices nonetheless.

Full story here.