YOu are not missing anything at all. I use to be a paid memeber and after the band turned it's back on me by pre-selling me crappy tickets, I left the site. The only difference between what you get now and if you pay is access to videos and songs. This site has shown me that the band is just like everyone else in the world, money hungry. sad. Serves them right to have had their album leaked out early. jerks. The new album is crappy btw.
u2 don't sell you the tickets, the ticket agents do! All u2.com do is give you pre-sale access.
The Subscription site is well worth the money just for the gift, merch discount, music, videos & extra forum you get.
If your unhappy with the band or site, simply don't subscribe.