" @sodiumCyclops: No business will function without a market, if they don't listen to the community, whom they rely on for their advertising and revenue, they'll sink. What we want is extremely important. "This is true, and companies do put plenty of money into consumer research - however this usually means that a company will know what the consumer wants... and instead of giving them all they want... they just give the bare minimum so the consumer will still pay. Later on, they release a minor upgrade of some sort to encourage more sales and seem like they are still working on the side of the people who are paying.
It seems like this is the case here - as there isn't really any substantial benefit to subscribing... but perhaps that may come later. I had mentioned in other posts that for a site like this - they must strike a careful balance between the content they release for free users vs. subscribers to maintain the current user count they have on the site.