regarding the topic of MS increasing the yearly subscription price for LIVE i think the point isnt that CAGs dont have to pay full price, its that the final price after any discount applied to MSRP will now be higher. for example if the currnet deal price of a 12 month card is $40, that equates to a 20% discount. applying the same discount to the new price come November the net price has risen to $48. personally i dont have any interest in accessing Netflix streaming, ESPN ocho, or facebook on my 360 so to me im paying more for the same thing, the ability to play online.
Not to mention the new "features" Microsoft have added either require an additional subscription (Netflix) or are already free (Facebook). I don't care about sports yet here we go again subsidizing the cost of ESPN just like with Cable TV. If Microsoft wants to charge more for these "features" then they need to move to a tiered service, a lower price for gaming only vs. a higher priced for all the other crap.
BTW I'm trying to be a good consumer and vote w/ my wallet. I bought a PS3 last week and let my XBL account expire down to silver.
Also, for a show supposedly based around cheap gaming, Cheapy, Wombat, and Shipwreck are always quick to say "I don't see a problem" with price increases.