eMusic prices for the US, UK, and rest of Europe

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Thanks to poppi and xtrev I now have a complete set of eMusic prices for the UK and the rest of Europe as they would apply to new subscribers. (Recall that current subscribers were offered the opportunity to continue at current US prices plus 17.5% Value Added Tax. I’m not yet clear on how that offer actually translates into practice, so I’ll defer discussing it until a later post.)

The first table shows prices for all eMusic products in the UK (priced in pounds), together with comparisons with current eMusic US prices; the exchange rate used is 1.90530 dollars per pound, the average interbank rate for August 10, 2006:

Plan US UK Excluding VAT % increase (pre-tax)
Basic monthly $9.99 £8.99 ($17.13) £7.65 ($14.58) 46%
Plus monthly $14.99 £11.99 ($22.84) £10.20 ($19.43) 30%
Premium monthly $19.99 £14.99 ($28.56) £12.78 ($24.35) 22%
Basic annual $119.88 £107.88 ($205.54) £91.81 ($174.93) 46%
Plus annual $179.88 £143.88 ($274.13) £122.45 ($233.30) 30%
Premium annual $239.88 £179.88 ($342.73) £153.09 ($291.68) 22%
Basic 2-year $179.82 £161.82 ($308.32) £137.72 ($262.40) 46%
Plus 2-year $269.82 £215.82 ($411.20) £183.68 ($349.97) 30%
Premium 2-year $359.82 £269.82 ($514.09) £229.63 ($437.51) 22%
Booster Pack 10 $4.99 £4.99 ($9.51) £4.25 ($8.10) 62%
Booster Pack 25 $9.99 £8.99 ($17.13) £7.65 ($14.58) 46%
Booster Pack 50 $14.99 £13.99 ($26.66) £11.91 ($22.69) 51%

The second table shows prices for all eMusic products in the rest of Europe (priced in euros), together with comparisons with current eMusic US prices; the exchange rate used is 1.2841 dollars per euro, the average interbank rate for August 10, 2006:

Plan US Europe Excluding VAT % increase (pre-tax)
Basic monthly $9.99 €12.99 ($16.68) €11.06 ($14.20) 42%
Plus monthly $14.99 €16.99 ($21.82) €14.46 ($18.57) 24%
Premium monthly $19.99 €20.99 ($26.95) €17.86 ($22.94) 15%
Basic annual $119.88 €155.88 ($200.17) €132.75 ($170.46) 42%
Plus annual $179.88 €203.88 ($261.80) €173.51 ($222.81) 24%
Premium annual $239.88 €251.88 ($323.44) €214.37 ($275.27) 15%
Basic 2-year $179.82 €233.82 ($300.25) €199.00 ($255.53) 42%
Plus 2-year $269.82 €305.82 ($392.70) €260.27 ($334.22) 24%
Premium 2-year $359.82 €377.82 ($433.79) €321.55 ($412.90) 15%
Booster Pack 10 $4.99 €6.99 ($8.98) €5.95 ($7.64) 53%
Booster Pack 25 $9.99 €12.99 ($16.68) €11.06 ($14.20) 42%
Booster Pack 50 $14.99 €19.99 ($25.67) €17.01 ($21.85) 46%

In summary, if you exclude the effect of VAT then the net effect of the new pricing schemes is as follows:

  • Prices for all Basic plans were increased 46% in the UK and 42% in the rest of Europe.

  • Prices for all Plus plans were increased 30% in the UK and 24% in the rest of Europe.

  • Prices for all Premium plans were increased 22% in the UK and 15% in the rest of Europe.

  • Booster pack prices increased from 42% to 62% depending on region and the type of booster pack. As with the subscription plans, the highest increases occurred with the lowest-priced packs.

Clearly if you’re a new subscriber in the UK or the rest of Europe then your best deal relative to US pricing is to choose a Premium plan.