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Alternatives to the iTunes Store; eMusic

by neasteflorin-216459623072 / April 25, 2008 6:25 AM PDT

It seems like CNET and almost all of the major IT publications (except Ars) completely ignore eMusic; and I don't think that's fair.
These are 190-320 DRM Free MP3's encoded in VBR; they have apps for Windows, Mac and Linux, and it's brain dead easy to download from the browser. The songs are much cheaper, about 24 cents a track. And you won't find Britney Spears in their catalog, just quality indie music.
I say you give eMusic a chance. And I have some invites, leave a message if you want one.

Here's my profile, songs I've downloaded:

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Alternatives to the iTunes Store; eMusic
by wizkids32 / April 25, 2008 7:46 AM PDT

They aren't at all Jason did have an account and I think Tom did but they had to used up there account fast because they said that they didn't by song on a monthly basis at all.

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by neasteflorin-216459623072 / April 25, 2008 3:43 PM PDT

Try to write a little more careful, it's really hard to understand what you are saying. It's true, eMusic is a subscription based service, you pay a fixed amount every month for a number of songs. But there is also an option to purchase booster packs (for 10/20/50 songs.

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by sparkrainfire / April 25, 2008 4:30 PM PDT

Buzz out loud doesn't ignore eMusic, I've heard them talk about it many times.

The problem with eMusic is simply selection. They don't have enough to make it worth it. I was a memeber for 3 months, in that time i downloaded all I ever want from their service, and will stick with Amazon's MP3 store, because they have a bigger selection and usually have the cd's on the day they are released.

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Cnet's Mp3 insider just gave eMusic thumbs up
by minimalist / April 26, 2008 1:50 AM PDT

on the last podcast.

That said eMusic is only for certain people who devour and hunger for new independent music and lesser known Jazz and world music. For me its a great place to check out bands I have read glowing reviews on someplace like Pitchfork. I just keep adding new bands or artists to my save for later list and go through all of my 90 credits all at once. But if you only occasonally buy music its not such a great deal because of the use it or lose it policy.

And I've noticed that eMusic is really having a hard time retaining licensing agreements with labels which makes their selection very unstable. One day something is there and the next its gone (likely because these labels realize they can make 3 times the money selling through amazon or iTunes).

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I don't think they ignore it...
by PuT6hpcu2Xh3f / April 26, 2008 4:55 AM PDT

I think they recognize that eMusic has a smaller target audience than the iTunes and Amazon music stores. I have an eMusic subscription and love it, but you have to be seriously into the indie scene or willing to slog through a lot of bands you've never heard of to find music you like.

And eMusic isn't really an end-all solution to music buying. I start at eMusic because on my subscription I pay about $.25 a track, but every month I end up buying mainstream artists at Amazon.

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by neasteflorin-216459623072 / April 26, 2008 3:33 PM PDT

It's true, their catalog is rather limited.

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EMusic has other problems than selection
by otval / April 30, 2008 9:28 PM PDT

Support is utterly ridiculous.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a query using their web form:
--- Original Message ---
Received: 4/13/08 4:30:24 PM EDT
Subject: Other Questions / Comments:


I'm a previous subscriber to eMusic, and considering renewing my account for a short period of time. In the past, album art has not been available as it is with Amazon or iTunes. Does eMusic now provide album art either as part of the download or separately downloadable files?

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burned bad
by mementh / May 2, 2008 9:08 AM PDT

sounds like this is a silly stupid company Sad

I honestly prefer amazon with music i know i want vs music i have never heard of (just never been into indie lables and up and coming music)

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