I have a lifetime premium account at one website I go to, and I don't mind it, because all of the perks that you get with it are additions to the original purpose of the site. What was suggested for Piano Society, if I remember correctly, is that non-gold members only be allowed to download so many files a day or something like that. And I can understand if Piano Society eventually is forced to go to that because there is not enough money from ads and donations to maintain the bandwidth necessary to support all of those downloads - I just think that premium accounts should be a last resort, and I think that Robert et al. agree.
But to me, even that is too far. The idea of download limits bothers me to no end. Especially considering that sometimes people click the wrong links, and download something they didn't want, and it still counts towards their limit. That's happened to me before at sites like the Sheet Music Archive.
But still... since that's a last resort kinda thing... I'm gonna shut up now and go to bed.
*And with a swish of his black cloak of Hell, he is off, into the wonders of a demonic dream world*