EMusic Sells 150 Million Downloads

Less than nine months after it passed the 100 million mark, the second largest independent online music retailer (after Apple's iTunes Store) claims it has sold more than 150 million downloads. EMusic sells songs in MP3 format, which eschew any sort of Digital Rights Management technology. The subscription-based service, meaning users pay a monthly fee to download a corresponding fixed number of songs, focuses on independent artists and labels. According to president and CEO David Pakman: "Even as research shows that overall paid download growth is slowing, eMusic continues to attract new customers and sell more music."

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News source: PC World

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I bought Fugazi's album "In on the Kill Taker" from eMusic thanks to a promotional card I got for 10 free downloads at a clothing store. They have good music from some rather obscure artists. What I can't find there (because some labels are scared of DRM-less music) I would just buy a physical CD of from Amazon or walk into a Best Buy.

Go EMusic!

I've more than one year with my subscription, I have downloaded more than 2,000 tracks in that period of time. Many people complain that eMusic doesn't have mainstream artist, well it's true. But you can fin a lot of excellent music in almost all the genres.

My recommendations (multiple genres):

The Ponys
Spoon
Kaskade
Akin Eldes
The ****ing Champs
Bad Religion
Blonde Redhead
Chieko Kinbara
Colette
Colin Hay
Conjure One
Danko Jones
Detachment Kit
Jucifer
Karsh Kale
Lali Puna
Meligrove Band
Midnight Movies
Rasputina
RJD2
Sarah Nixey
Scanners
****disco
Sol Seppy
Ted Leo
The Comas
The Decemberist
The Delgados
The Rakes
The Wedding Present
They Might Be Giants
Thunderbirds Are Now!
Tokyo Police Club
White Whale

Carlos11 said,
I'll check some of your recommendations. I'm a member since April 2006 and there are some interesting artists at eMusic. :)

That's right Carlos, sometimes I only made a random search and found great artist (like Sol Seppy) . I forgot to mention that Paul Mccartney's new CD its also on EMusic.

"Even as research shows that overall paid download growth is slowing, eMusic continues to attract new customers and sell more music."

of course paid download is slowing cause it just aint worth it overall if you ask me... cause u got crappy bit rate songs and it has DRM in it, plus you can get "free" stuff that has better quality. (EAC + LAME)

must be alot of suckers out there to pay for those 128kbps stuff with drm in it which severly limits what you can do with it... cause if i was going to "pay" for something i would just get the real CD. as it comes with artwork and better quality music at roughly the same price as the mp3's u can buy.

So true... what you can get out of those music store is of inferior quality if you compare it with 'scene' mp3 ripped properly (EAC + LAME) for example.

They need to put a system were you get the exact SAME quality than what you have on CD, which means that they need to come up with a lossless codec of some sort. Just lie wavepack and FLAC for example.

Do this and remove the DRM and I swear i'll never buy an Audio CD again and only go with digital music.

but until then, i'll wait and let those companies rot for offering low quality content to unfortunate people that may not know better.

djesteban said,
So true... what you can get out of those music store is of inferior quality if you compare it with 'scene' mp3 ripped properly (EAC + LAME) for example.

They need to put a system were you get the exact SAME quality than what you have on CD, which means that they need to come up with a lossless codec of some sort. Just lie wavepack and FLAC for example.

Do this and remove the DRM and I swear i'll never buy an Audio CD again and only go with digital music.

but until then, i'll wait and let those companies rot for offering low quality content to unfortunate people that may not know better.

i gotta agree here for the most part to... cause if i got a cd i really like i prefer .flac so this way it's 1:1 copy, although im sure the scene stuff is very close though overall ... but anyways if they offered something like .flac for about half the price or less of the real cd i might consider it.

but at the same time, i know that when you buy a real music CD that most of the profit dont even goto the artist and i damn sure aint supporting the RIAA so in that sence it makes you never want to buy anything that makes them money again... cause they screwed so many people so far from suing em as im sure you obviously heard about since your on this site.

ThaCrip said,
...it just aint worth it overall if you ask me... cause u got crappy bit rate songs and it has DRM in it...

When I don't want to buy an entire CD and just want to buy a single tune, I use MusicGiants. Their music is all WMA lossless (700 to 1000+kbps), and some of it is 5.1 channel ripped DVD Audio. Additionally, they're starting to dump DRM as a losing proposition. But on those files that still do have DRM, you can get rid of it by burning the files to CD. The drawback there is that CD quality isn't anywhere near as good as their 5.1 channel files.