eMusic Is The Coolest

One of the biggest surprises since we have started One21music is the lack of interest our readers have shown in eMusic.
Download 25 FREE songs at eMusic.com!
This was the first ad we put on our site. We thought people would flock to get 25 free songs. No one has explored the trial subscription, so I thought I would give you a testimonial from an excited subscriber. But first let me explain eMusic.

eMusic is the #1 site for independent music, with a library of over 4,500,000 MP3s.  eMusic sets itself apart from other well-known subscription music services (such as Napster and Rhapsody) because eMusic customers truly own the music they download.  The files available for download are in the MP3 format, making them fully compatible with all digital music players, and free from digital rights management Hippo software restrictions such as expiration dates, or copying or CD burning limitations. eMusic’s MP3′s play on any portable music player (including the iPod and Zune), can be downloaded to unlimited computers as well as burned to CD.

Here is how it works.  You can subscribe to download  25 to 100 songs each month based on the subscription level you buy.  The base subscription is 25 songs ($11.99 per month), then grows in 25 song increments (50 songs for $14.99, 75 songs for 19.99, 100 songs for $24.99).  eMusic offers about 25 different plans bu these are the most popular.

I have been a subscriber for over a year and my co-founder has been a subscriber for about nine months.  We love, l-o-v-e, eMusic.  Ian maintains a list of over 100 CDs and uses up his subscription on the first day it is available.  I like to save my downloads to use over the month.  Today is May 8th and I have already downloaded 65 of my 100 songs, so I am not such a good saver.

These downloads are just like buying the CD’s or downloading songs from iTunes, except they are cheaper and you own them.  If you really like music, or if your CD store is the electronics section at WalMart or if you are just cheap; eMusic is for you.  I downloaded , on their release date, the highly acclaimed new CD from Beirut for @$2.75, the EP from Bon Iver for $1.00 and M.Ward’snew one for $3.50.  Beat those prices WalMart and iTunes.

But more than convienence and thrift, eMusic has great services to help you find music you will love.  You can browse by genre, editors’ picks, new music, free tracks, advance releases, members ratings and any combination of those categories.  eMusic has music journalists writing artist and genre features and reviews.

Finally, eMusic has an extensive collection of songs and CDs from artists we have profiled on One21music. See the list below.

I encourage you to at least give eMusic a try.
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By the way, eMusicalso has a similar service for ebooks if you like to listen to ebooks
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One21Christian Music Artists on eMusic

Jason Upton
August Burns
Iris Dement
The Ambassador
Josh Garrels
Cold War Kids
Fiction Family
Enter The Worship Circle
Bodies of Water
Cool Hand Luke
Kirk Franklin
Brooke Waggoner
Buddy Miller
Nicole C Mullen
Pigeon John
Bosque Brown
Paper Route
The Welcome Wagon
Kate Miner
Bradley Hathaway
Jeremy Egnik
Mute Math
Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love
Brooke Fraser


  1. emusic is ok.

    However, I am a stickler for quality – I refuse iTunes for the same reason. If I can’t get a lossless copy, I’ll usually forgo it until I can. Secondly, it’s library is often frustratingly small (although admittedly better than many others). Finally I’ve had a few instances where the songs are poorly ripped or were the wrong song…and their customer support isn’t always the best.

    eMusic will be good if:

    a) You don’t mind MP3s

    b) You don’t mind supplementing eMusic with another service for the albums it doesn’t have.

    It is good value for your money, and if you’re not a stickler for lossless quality as I am, it’s a better deal than you’ll find most anywhere.

  2. Adam says:

    I subscribed to emusic for quite some time before cancelling my subscription just because I was cutting back on costs. It is a great deal, and I have downloaded music from several artists that could be added to your already spectacular list. If you listen to a lot of music, it’s hard to find a better place to get it more cost effectively than emusic.

    Andrew Osenga




    Jamie Barnes

    Jeremy Casella

    John Mark McMillan

    Justin McRoberts

    Matthew Perryman Jones

    Over the Rhine


    Sandra McCracken

    Sleeping at Last

    Son Lux

    Sufjan Stevens

    The Myriad

    The Violet Burning


  3. chuck says:

    Jordan, thank you for weighing in on eMusic. I find that most of my listeining is doen through my Klipsch computer speakers and my Sony noise cancelling earbuds. I rarely have the opportunity to truly maximize my music’s fidelity, so I am in your “eMusic will be good if”. I don’t mind MP3′s and I supplement my eMusic with Waterloo Records (one of the top independent record stores in the country) and Amazon.

    However, for people as passionate about music as you and me, eMusic is a great, cheap way to sample music that is new to us. For those who do not have access to great music stores (my nephew buys his music from the CD section at the local super market) eMusic provdies an avenue to music they might never hear.

    Once again thank you for the comment and I very much appreciate your passion for this music. Do you have anything you would like to suggest that I should be listening to?

  4. chuck says:

    I am a big stupid drooling fan of The Violet Burning, The Myriad, Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux (have your heard his My Brightest Diamond remixes?), Sleeping At Last and Over The Rhine. They are on our list to profile. I have not heard of some of these guys like Matthew Parryman Jones and Sandra McCracken so I will go exploring today.

    Thanks for you contribution to my quest.

  5. Adam says:

    Chuck, glad I could add some artists you hadn’t heard of yet. Sandra McCracken happens to be the wife of Derek Webb, in case you are looking for a point of reference. Also be sure to check out Jeremy Casella’s “Recovery” – one of my absolute favorites. A lot of those solo artists are members of a fraternity of Nashville singer/songwriters that dub themselves the “Square Peg Alliance.” Quality stuff.

    I haven’t heard Son Lux’s remixes of MBD yet, but his soundscapes off At War with Walls and Mazes are nothing short of surreal. Quite possibly my favorite of ’08. And I am dying for Sleeping at Last to release new material (just about there!).

    Thanks for the great work with your blog…I check here pretty much daily. Nice to finally see there are kindred spirits that appreciate original, inspiring music paired with a worldview based on hope and peace.

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