eMusic introduces 'Connoisseur' packages

I've been moaning about eMusic in recent posts but they just made me an offer I couldn't refuse. In a good way. eMusic has introduced a range of Connoisseur packages that allow hardcore music fans to download even more tracks every month. They're only offering the packages to "loyal" subscribers, according to the email I got so I'm not sure how many people are getting these offers.

Members in the UK can choose from three new packages: 100 tracks per month for £19.99 ($24.99 in the US), 200 tracks per month for £39.99 ($49.99 in the US) or 300 tracks per month for £59.99 ($74.99 US).

I chose the 300 per month package, which is slightly insane. That's 10 new tracks every day! Will I even have time to listen to all that or will I drown in a flood of new music? I figure there are worse ways to go and I'm happy to pay just to have the option to download 300 tracks a month.

From eMusic's point of view, this is great business. I was paying 14p per track and eMusic has now got me paying 19p per track. Not only that but there's a good chance that I won't download my allocation every month. Every track that I don't download is more profit for eMusic. It's a wonder they didn't think of this sooner.

Still, for me the deal is still a good one. I have access to, in effect, more music than I can listen to and I'm paying far less to do it than I would if I was buying CDs.