Indie labels - many of them, anyway - are just like big labels, run to the same demands of vanity, short-sightedness and greed that have made EMI and Sony-BMG what they are today. It's just they usually have slightly smaller headquarters.
Still, they can grumble just as loudly as a major if they feel they've been done wrong, and now several indies are threatening to yank their collections from eMusic. They're unhappy at the new "connoisseur" level membership which, they claim, can see them earn as little as twelve cents a download; they feel the company is trying to boost the number of subscribers its got at their expense, with an eye to selling that list of members on to a new owner.
Only half a dozen of the 13,000 labels are threatening to quit - although even their exit could knock confidence in the service - but even supporters are muttering darkly:
eMusic's position is that, while it pays labels about a fifth as much as iTunes per song, it sells many more tracks, which ultimately means more cash for everyone:
Although even that isn't strictly true, either.