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Monday, December 22 12:01 EST

Reviews: Digital Music Stores: EMusic

By Brian Briggs

iTunes Music Store - Napster - Musicmatch
Rhapsody
- Wal Mart - BuyMusic - EMusic

EMusicWhat does eMusic offer?
Emusic offers music for download for a monthly fee.

How much does it cost?
EMusic Basic - 40 Song Downloads per month for $9.99 per month
EMusic Plus - 65 Song Downloads per month for $14.99 per month
EMusic Premium - 90 Song Downloads per month for $19.99 per month

What rights do I have with the songs?
Unlimited burns and transfers. Listen on any computer you want.

What about selection?
EMusic claims to have over 250,000 songs in their library from independent labels.

File Type: Songs downloaded are unprotected mp3 files ripped at 128-320kbps VBR.

What I did?
I signed up for the free two-week trial of EMusic Basic service which gives you the chance to download fifty MP3s. Installed the EMusic download helper program.

Songs downloaded from EMusic:

They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng (live)
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun (live)
Violent Femmes – Add It Up (live)
Violent Femmes – Gone Daddy Gone (live)
Violent Femmes – Kiss Off (live)
Bush – Machinehead
Bush – Everything Zen
Bush – Little Things
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia (live)
Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Information Society - What's on Your Mind? (Pure Energy)

General observations: Excellent service for downloading music from independent artists. Only service that allows you to download songs in unprotected MP3 format. Downloading songs requires the use of a download helper program. Searches do not show songs not available on the service. There were many more songs that I wanted to download than I thought would be available. Definitely worth a try of the free trial service to see if it's worth it to you, or to at least grab some MP3s that you want.

Problems encountered: None.

Who would choose EMusic?
Someone whose musical taste includes a lot of independent artists. Someone who want to download MP3 files instead of protected files. Someone who wants songs ripped at a higher rate. Someone who wants to listen to the files on Linux.

Who does not want to use EMusic?
Someone who does not want a monthly subscription fee. Someone who wants streaming audio or radio stations. Someone who only listens to mainstream artists.

Store Location: EMusic.com

Screenshots: EMusic didn't have any songs by The Beastie Boys so the screenshot is for the page on Bush and did require an extra click.

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