eMusic has announced that it is expanding its music offerings with three new subscription plans. eMusic subscription plans differ from most online subscriptions in that the subscriber doesn’t rent the music — users are charged a certain amount each month for a set number of downloads, which the user then owns. The new subscriptions are named “Connoisseur Plans” for the high number of downloads per month that each plan offers.
The Basic Connoisseur Plan offers 100 downloads per month for a $24.99 fee, the Plus Connoisseur Plan offers 200 downloads for $49.99 per month, and the Premium Connoisseur Plan offers 300 tracks for a monthly fee of $74.99. All three new Connoisseur Plans offer an average download cost of $.25 per track, assuming that all the download credits are used. eMusic is the world’s second-largest digital music service after iTunes, and offers its entire catalog in DRM-free MP3 format.