We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

iTunes rival eMusic enjoys growth spurt

DRM-free music proving popular

Already the number-two digital music retailer, after iTunes, online music retailer eMusic said this week that it's surpassed 350,000 subscribers and now has more than three million tracks in its catalogue.

eMusic works off a subscription-based model - users pay to download a fixed number of tracks each month - but the music itself is encoded using MP3, so there's no DRM (Digital Rights Management) restriction.

eMusic serves up independently published and produced music in all genres, from electronic to blues, classical to country, and much more - more than 20,000 labels are represented.

To date, eMusic has sold more than 165 million downloads, and since bringing audiobooks online two months ago, about 25,000 of them have been audiobooks. eMusic notes that its subscriber base has grown by 50,000 since April. eMusic has branched out to offer OTA (Over The Air) offerings to AT&T mobile phone customers, as well.

Visit our Broadband Advisor website for the latest internet news and reviews.


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...