iLounge, in what they describe as "bowing to industry pressure," announced
today that previously-free site offerings will now be fee-based. The new subscription service, dubbed iLounge Gold,
will provide iLounge.com access for $12.95 a month. Or, if readers prefer, they can pay 99 cents -- much like iTunes --
per page visit. They're also launching a new service called iPod Buddies, "a $65/hour iTunes assistance service
for needy readers."
And there's more: "iLounge will also test previously unacceptable content tweaks, including an all-nude version of its iPods Around the World photo galleries, reviews by accessory and service providers, and viral Forum advertising."
Sweet. This looks like a great deal, sign me up.