EMusic will launch a retooled version its digital music service tomorrow (Sept. 22). As part of the bow, the company -- operator of an MP3 subscription business focusing on indie-label content -- is a
EMusic will launch a retooled version its digital music service tomorrow (Sept. 22).
As part of the bow, the company -- operator of an MP3 subscription business focusing on indie-label content -- is announcing new distribution deals with Rykodisc and Razor & Tie. Additionally, it has a new deal with Red Eye Distribution, which services more than 90 labels.
EMusic also will feature exclusive tracks from Frank Black (spinART), Tony Bennett (Concord Records) and Ted Leo (Lookout! Records) at re-launch. EMusic has a catalog of more than 500,000 independent label tracks in all.
As previously reported, the service is touting a new editorial team headed by author and former Rolling Stone contibuting editor Michael Azerrad. The revamped site will feature contributions from former New York Times pop music critic Ann Powers, former Rolling Stone and Creem rock critic John Morthland, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Justin Davidson and No Depression co-editor Peter Blackstock, among others.
EMusic is looking to the original commentary and content to help its users discover the music it offers. The company claims to provide more than 1 million downloads monthly. Subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 permanent downloads encoded in the MP3 format.
EMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management Inc. Dimensional also owns the Orchard and the assets of Digital Club Network (now known as eMusic Live).