EMusic -- an MP3 download subscription service specializing in independent label content -- says it is building an editorial team to produce original commentary and content to help its users discover

EMusic -- an MP3 download subscription service specializing in independent label content -- says it is building an editorial team to produce original commentary and content to help its users discover music offered through the service.

Michael Azerrad, an author and former contributing editor to Rolling Stone, who has also written for the New Yorker, Spin, the New York Times and MTV News, has been named editor-in-chief.

Yancey Strickler, a contributing writer to the Village Voice, Seattle Weekly, CMJ, Pitchfork, Trouser Press, Stereo-Type, Pulse! and Elle Girl, has been named managing editor.

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 have all been named contributing columnists. Other contributors include Douglas Wolk, Hua Hsu, Robert Phoenix, Kevin Whitehead, Michael James McGonigal, Peter Blackstock, Philip Sherburne and Richard Gehr.

A revamped version of the eMusic service featuring the new editorial content is expected to launch next month.