I personally never pay the $49.99-$59.99 retail price, but still pay around $35. Should I have to?
I just want to play games with friends online. I don't want all these apps, web browsers, music/tv/movie downloads, etc. We shouldn't be finding loopholes (bing search bots), checking deals online daily, or begging for 48 trial codes. Xbox Live should be free for those who wanna just play games online. If you want all the other stuff associated with xbl like ESPN or w/e, THEN those people can pay more.
So who is going to pay for those servers that you have to use to play with your friends? Sony is losing big money right now and unless they start charging, they may disappear like THQ. Hope that PS4 sells like the PS2.