Rolling Stone re-launches its Web site today, with more content, including all of the editorial of the current and past issues. But visitors will have to pay a $3.95 monthly fee ($29.99 a year) to access all of the expanded material.
RollingStone.com has digitized all of its 43-year archive of back issues and made them available in this major redesign of the site. Visitors to the front page of RollingStone.com will still get access free to breaking news stories and some slide shows. But the deeper and archival material will sit behind a sub wall that bundles a print subscription with a full-year access fee.
Just heading to my delicious.com account and deleting some RollingStone.com entries about the recession and stuff.
Btw - Only time will tell; is Music is a niche like Finance that can afford a Paywall? Or do they already compete against semi-pro writers/bloggers on the internet too? Like everyone.
… I get that type of spam everyday already in my in-box. Some think the specific writers/editors should be fired.