eMusic is a subscription based service offering over 6 million tracks from more than 13,000 independent labels spanning a large range of musical genres. Their tracks are provided in MP3 format which is compatible with nearly all portable music devices including the IPod and are without DRM encryption (digital rights managed) meaning there are no limitations to how many PC’s the track can be put on, or how many times you can burn a track to CD.
Overall Score: 8.6/10
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You can reach EMusic customer service through email or phone. By email, we disliked that we needed to enter the last 8 digits of a credit card in order to send in a question. We made one up so it wasn’t a big deal however we found it to be an odd request. We got a reply 3 days later with only half of our questions answered. We called them afterwards and all their lines were occupied more then once. We replied to the email instead to follow up and got an email back within 24 hours with the rest of the questions answered.
They use a clean layout, very easy to search for artists or tracks and equally simple to download.
eMusic is currently offering a 14 day free trial letting you test out the site and service risk and cost free. As a bonus, you get to keep 25 songs you choose to download during your free trial period which remain yours to keep even after the trial!
They've recently added another great bonus offer. Become a paying subscriber off the bat and get an addiitional 50 free MP3 downloads added to your account!
They have over 6 million tracks from over 13,000 independent labels spanning many genres of music – rock, jazz, karaoke, comedy, hip-hop, blues, classical, country, folk, children's music, electronic, world, reggae and more. They do not offer music from artists signed to major labels at this time so if all you're looking for are top 40 artists or the overplayed hits on the major commercial radio stations, this may not be the service for you.
These guys easily offer the lowest per song cost for songs in MP3 format. For one low monthly fee, you get a fixed number of downloads each 30 day period. Every 30 days the account is reloaded with the appropriate number of downloads:
$9.99 / month - 30 downloads = $0.33 / download
$14.99 / month - 50 downloads = $0.30 / download
$19.99 / month - 75 downloads = $0.27 / download
This service is great for true music lovers looking for a breath of fresh air and some awesome music besides the overplayed fabricated pop idols. Discover an insane variety of music at a very low price, also a great collection of karaoke tracks! At the least, we recommend taking these guys up on their 25 free MP3 download offer to get a feel for what they have to offer. Keep the songs either way after the trial even if you decide not to become a subscriber!