Emusic.com?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by todd2000, May 18, 2006.

  1. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone tried emusic.com, they sell mp3s, and appear to be cheaper then iTunes. Just wondering B4 I go through the signup process for nothing.
     
  2. evilernie macrumors 6502

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    I Love it. They have a free trial, just try the 50 free downloads and see if you like it.
     
  3. Foucault macrumors 6502

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    If you're into independent and electronica music there are a lot of options. There's not a lot of Top 40 stuff or hip/hop stuff, but there are some hidden gems. If you're into Belle and Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, Tiesto, Sasha, Neko Case, Josh Rouse, Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Streets, Johnny Cash, The Stills, New Pornographers, The Decemberists, Cat Power, Jolie Holland, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Bloc Party, Matisyahu, Interpol, Stereolab, The Walkmen, Pavement, Elliott Smith, Dashboard Confessional, The Black Keys, Seu Jorge, Of Montreal, Ladytron, Thievery Corporation, The Mountain Goats, Explosions In The Sky, Underworld, Eels, Badly Drawn Boy, Tom Waits, Animal Collective, Lemon Jelly, Pedro The Lion, Minus The Bear, John Coltrane, Bebel Gilberto, Matthew Dear, Basement Jaxx, Beulah, and Dizzee Rascal.

    That is a pretty good list. Not bad for $10 a month for 40 downloads (that's like 25 cents a song), all in MP3 format which will play in your iPod. The quality isn't too bad.:)
     
  4. amateurmacfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm.... I'll definitely consider.
    I love all those bands. :D
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

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    mmm emusic is great :D had a bunch of stuff i couldn't find on iTunes. if anything, sign up for like the 50 free songs or whatever :)
     
  6. iMetroid macrumors member

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    Nothing like allofmp3.com. 9 cents a song, DRM free, slightly better quality then iTunes.
     
  7. janey macrumors 603

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    not legal. or rather, the legality of allofmp3 is questionable.
     
  8. amateurmacfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah.
    Sounds really shady.
     
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  10. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    It is questionable of course. There have been no definitive answers from US legal sources in buying music off of websites with little laws or oversight on copyrights of materials produced in other countries.

    Either allofmp3 is a very small fish in the pond as far as the RIAA is concerned (probably not given some of the people they seem to have gone after), or there are serious legal doubts on overseas purchases of copyrighted material.

    Just looked at the emusic site briefly. Impressed at the offerings from names that I know. Whether these "brands" are offering tracks worth the price that is another matter.
     
  11. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for allofmp3 ... you can't beat their prices. What is it, like $10 for 10 cd's? Even though they're going thru legal woes....:(
     
  12. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Did a quick Google and came up with this: http://www.betanews.com/article/AllofMP3_Goes_Offline_Future_Uncertain/1147717756

    And then decided to see for myself, if they were still down. Apparently not!

    In the Google search for allofmp3 I came up this from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AllOfMP3.com

    As to my comments above about legality, it seems very muddy:

    according to Wiki.

    In reading this, I wonder if I am in trouble for importing some CD's from Iceland on my recent trip. :rolleyes: :eek:
     
  13. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I love emusic.com, not only for the few indy bands I have been interested in, but they have a terriffic jazz selection. Classic stuff from Miles Davis, Monk, Coletrane, Bill Evans, and tons of stuff from the Riverside, Concord, Pablo, Prestige, and other labels.

    Their classical selection is also improving a lot. They added the Naxos family of labels and there are a lot of recordings that are very well done.

    In the 2 years I have belonged to their service, I have downloaded ONE track that was defective. They quickly credited my account for the download and pulled the track - hopefully to re-encode it.

    One other thing that is nice about their service is the fact that as long as you remain a memeber, you can re-download the tracks if your HD crashes or you accidentally delete the songs.

    I highly recommend them. Try the trial and see what you think.
     
  14. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    I gave them a try today and the sound quality seems very good. They used Lame 3.96 at 201kbps with vbr. Only 25 free download though :confused:

    EDIT: I've just realised that they have an excellent collection of my favourite indian classical music and the average track length is 30 mins :)
     
  15. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    eMusic is some good stuff. I did two sign ups when they offered the 125 free (hush two separate credit cards/emails then cancelled saying i didn't like it :p ). They are really good and a value for what they have the problem i've noticed is that the selection is much more limited than the iTMS. Also, what albums they offer from some bigger artists are a matter of chance; sometimes they offer all of the artists albums or a just a few older ones. I also didn't want to continue the service because I don't like subscriptions, I have songs sit in a shopping cart for a month or two before i buy them, so their models didn't really fit my financial wishes.

    My suggestion is to do a bunch of searches on artists you listen to to see what kind of selection they have for those artists. If it isn't too limited and you like their payment models then go for it.
     
  16. bartelby macrumors Core

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    When I started using it, back in 2001, there were no download limits and it was only $9.99 a month.

    Now I pay $14.99 for 65 songs a month and I have no complaints about it.

    Especially since they've go the whole of the Dischord Records back catalogue.
     

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