One of the biggest surprises since we have started One21music is the lack of interest our readers have shown in eMusic.
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.
One21Christian Music Artists on eMusic
Cold War Kids
Enter The Worship Circle
Bodies of Water
Cool Hand Luke
Nicole C Mullen
The Welcome Wagon
Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love