As of 2015, practically all membership clubs that once offered music CDs are no longer in business. In 2008, BMG Music Service claimed it no longer accepted new subscribers because it wanted to focus only on its existing members. The following year, the company ended its mail-order CD membership, which offered many deals such as buying 12 CDs for the price of one. The company later encouraged subscribers to join its new service on YourMusic.com, which also eventually closed.Continue Reading
According to MentalFloss.com, some CD membership clubs used negative option billing. This process allowed the company to keep sending monthly CD shipments to subscribers along with a bill. Shipments continued unless the subscriber specifically requested to not receive them anymore. In 2005, negative option billing became illegal in Ontario, Canada, but it remains legal in the United States as of 2015. The Federal Trade Commission requires that all membership services that offer negative option plans must clearly state the minimum purchase amount and cancellation procedures.
As of 2015, digital music services, such as iTunes, are some of the most common ways consumers obtain music. According to NBC News, vinyl record sales increased 52 percent from 2014 to 2015. With the increase in vinyl albums, companies such as Vinyl Me Please offer subscription memberships to receive records by mail.Learn more about Art & Literature