Originally posted by u2wanderer1:[..]
They don't have to build excitement for us - they already have our money. They just have to get us the product.
The subscription offer when announced this year listed "First downloads and full tracklisting coming in early 2021". So they told us up front before taking our money that we weren't getting the downloads all at once. I'll leave others to argue if May is still early 2021. But it's not exactly like they hide that they won't send out the downloads all at once.
Oseary dismantled Madonna's yearly subscription style club about seven years back, maybe a bit longer. She doesn't take an annual fee any more. Now she just takes a fee when there's a presale for tickets. For $30 you get a two week window to enter a pre-sale and a key chain or something small from the shop. If you want to enter another presale three weeks later it's another $30 and another key chain. At the time it was said to be because of dissatisfaction of the fans with how it was run, and the inability to please anyone and I can see why.
I'm actually at the point where I hate having to post about anything related to the fan club gift because they could give out gold bars and there would be a string of complaints that someone didn't like the format, they wanted something else. If it's vinyl, no one can play it. If it's CD everyone wanted vinyl. If it's a show we've heard it before. If it's prints or a book, people wanted music.