I listened through the last Sunday Session and was surprised to hear talk of $60/yr to get access to the whole BN archive. What surprised me even more was how it was talked about.
What are the costs to the BN for me to go on and download the whole archive? If it is a matter of covering costs, then I dont see an issue with that. Let me know what it is, and I will cover that (I have been a listener for two years now, but recently lost my computer and am having to re-download a bunch of older podcasts). Or, you could just put a download speed cap on users after the first few hours of content downloaded.
You aren't covering costs, you are paying them for their work, ie profit.
If, however, you are going to be charging more than that, own it. You have every right to charge for this content (most of it anyway - maybe not lunch meet). Please, though, dont say you need to cover cost and then charge more than that; it feels like you are not being genuine. Say you are going to make money off of it, charge what you had in mind, and then stick to it.
So it's their right to charge what they think is a fair price, but they don't have the right to change it at any time? Makes no sense.