eMusic is a unique discovery-and-download destination for music enthusiasts. Our catalog includes many familiar and off-the-beaten path releases from both major and independent labels. We realize that you’re not just amassing singles, you’re cultivating a music collection. In addition to providing recommendations to help you find new tunes, our editorial staff–many of whom also contribute to Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, The New York Times, and others–continuously brings you original artist interviews, album reviews, and radio programming to enrich your explorations.
How eMusic works.
After signing up for the right plan for you, you’ll have access to 13+ million downloadable songs—high-quality mp3s playable on any digital device. You can change or cancel your plan at any time. Most tracks are priced around $0.49 each, or half the price of other sites. And every penny of your membership goes towards what you love most: downloading music, which is yours to keep forever.
Where to discover new music.
We’re here to listen to everything, so you don’t have to. Our Crib Sheet shortlists the week’s best new albums. And eMusic Radio, more than 50 curated programs, is a reservoir of unheard gems. If you want to peruse eMusic members’ favorite albums, check our eclectic charts. Or if you’re looking for something specific, simply search for what you want
How we began.
We started in 1998, as one of the first ever mp3-download sites. Today, eMusic—based in New York City with a London office—has members in over 30 countries throughout North America and Europe. Our influence may spread wide, but our goal is still singular: to be a reliable place for you to discover the best new music. Below, a timeline of our growth.
1998 eMusic breaks the sound barrier by becoming one of the first sites to sell DRM-free mp3s—a once-controversial decision which would prove pioneering.
1999 They Might Be Giants drops Long Tall Weekend, the first-ever all-digital album, exclusively on eMusic.
June 2005 A rare live version of The Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” becomes the one-millionth track added to eMusic’s catalog.
Sept. 2005 To help members navigate its expanding library, eMusic drafts a dream team of writers such as Kurt Loder (MTV) and Ann Powers (Los Angeles Times). In the following years, venerable critics including Robert Cristgau (Village Voice), Chuck Eddy (Rolling Stone), and Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times) will also contribute.
2006 eMusic U.K. and eMusic Europe launch.
March 2007 eMusic reaches a milestone with its 100 millionth download. To celebrate, the Barenaked Ladies pen a free track, “Michael Brennan,” in honor of the member behind this monumental download.
Sept. 2007 Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope is among the 1,000+ downloadable audiobooks added to eMusic’s library. Vampire Weekend, then unsigned, play the launch party.
2008 eMusic Selects debuts, profiling and releasing little-heard music from the best unsigned bands. Over the years, honorees will include High Places, Best Coast, and Crystal Stilts.
2009 Expanding on its deep catalog of indie albums, eMusic begins to stock releases from major labels, starting with Sony Music Entertainment (Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen).
May 2011 eMusic’s library swells to 13 million downloadable tracks.
Aug. 2011 eMusic Radio debuts, offering curated playlists of free, streamed tracks. Its ever-expanding archive will grow to more than 50 programs.
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