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About

What is eMusic?

eMusic is a discovery-and-download destination for people who love music. Since our start as the first digital music store, discovery has been at the heart of eMusic. We believe the best discoveries are unexpected, yet deeply personal, inspired by your unique musical appetite. At eMusic, you set your explorations in motion with a dynamic assortment of features we’ve designed to tap into your individual tastes and lead you to music you’ll love—wherever your curiosity may take you.

How eMusic works.

After exploring our catalog, you can purchase your new discoveries à la carte at any time. Or become an eMusic Member to save 25-50% on music, with most tracks priced at just $0.49 each. Every penny of membership goes directly towards downloading music. You can also change, supplement, or cancel your membership plan whenever you’d like.

How to Discover New Music

Everyone’s path to discovery is different, so we designed our exploration features to be as diverse as they are entertaining. As fresh starting points, our staff singles out new albums and bands through Interviews and Editors’ Picks. With Infinite Explorations, meanwhile, you can set off on a path of endless discovery beginning with any artist you have in mind. Dig further into a musician’s catalog with our intuitive Search engine, and steer your explorations in new directions with our powerful Browse function. You’ll also find personalized recommendations throughout your eMusic experience. These suggestions go deeper than just mentioning similar artists—they’re specific to your musical appetite, inspired by what you listen to and collect.

1998
eMusic breaks the sound barrier by becoming one of the first sites to sell DRM-free mp3s a once-controversial decision which would prove pioneering.

 

1999
They Might Be Giants drops Long Tall Weekend, the first-ever all-digital album, exclusively on eMusic.

 

June 2005
A rare live version of The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” becomes the one-millionth track added to eMusic’s catalog.

 

Sept. 2005
To help members navigate its expanding library, eMusic drafts a dream team of writers such as Kurt Loder (MTV) and Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times). In the following years, venerable critics including Robert Cristgau (Village Voice), Chuck Eddy (Rolling Stone), and Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times) will also contribute.

 

2006
eMusic U.K. and eMusic Europe launch.

 

March 2007
eMusic reaches a milestone with its 100 millionth download. To celebrate, the Barenaked Ladies pen a free track, “Michael Brennan,” in honor of the member behind this monumental download.

 

Sept. 2007
Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope is among the 1,000+ downloadable audiobooks added to eMusic’s library. Vampire Weekend, then unsigned, play the launch party.

 

2008
eMusic Selects debuts, profiling and releasing little-heard music from the best unsigned bands. Over the years, honorees will include High Places, Best Coast, and Crystal Stilts.

 

2009
Expanding on its deep catalog of indie albums, eMusic begins to stock releases from major labels, starting with Sony Music Entertainment (Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen).

 

May 2011
eMusic’s library swells to 13 million downloadable tracks.

 

Aug. 2011
eMusic Radio debuts, offering curated playlists of free, streamed tracks. Its ever-expanding archive will grow to more than 50 programs.