This is nice and all, but it just doesn't add up. Say I download 1000 songs/month or 100 albums each from a different artist or label (a modest estimate, probably), and pay 10 bucks for that 100. Each "label or artist" gets $.05, after EMusic takes their share. What can the artist possibly get out of that $.05. I'd say half of that would be generous, so $.025 (assuming the label takes the other half). Say 100 people download that same artist's album. So the artist makes $2.50/month-- and that's a generous estimate. $2.50 for 100 albums sold. The truth is probably closer to one cent or less per download that goes to the artist.
Now, my inclination is to say, "Hey, it's better than nothing." But is it? It seems like an insult. And the main argument against file-sharing is, "Wah, the artists aren't getting paid." "Support the artist," etc. But they're not getting paid with this system either, it seems.
What do you think? And if my math is wrong, or my argument's bunk, let me know.
― scott m (mcd), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 17:26 (12 years ago) Permalink
― scott m (mcd), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 17:27 (12 years ago) Permalink
It's got weird stuff. And the artists who produce weird stuff aren't making much money anyway.
― J (Jay), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 17:37 (12 years ago) Permalink
The fact it's the one place you can go to get a few important deleted titles (for instance, Peter Laughner's "Take The Guitar Player For A Ride" and the Sleepers' stuff as reissued on tim/kerr) makes it arguably classic.
I mean, "Take The Guitar Player..." is classic. At the very least one should go, sign up for your trial membership, and download the Laughner before cancelling...
― M Specktor (M Specktor), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 17:51 (12 years ago) Permalink
i haven't really looked at it since.
― brian badword (badwords), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 18:06 (12 years ago) Permalink
also, back in the day (2000, we're talkin') the quality of the MP3s was sort of dodgy. I did get a Nomad for buying $50 worth of music the one time I used it, and that rocked.
― j breitling (BlastsofStatic), Tuesday, 13 May 2003 20:12 (12 years ago) Permalink
Artists getting paid for downloads vs. not. Seems bogus coming from emusic's mouth. What advantage does emusic provide so that I won't just use slsk? Certainly it's the idea that the tracks are "legal," but truthfully I only feel bad using slsk because the artists aren't getting paid. And especially "the artists who produce weird stuff [who] aren't making much money anyway."
― scott m (mcd), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 00:27 (12 years ago) Permalink
it's worth it just for the fact that you can get most of the Rather Interesting back catalogue, and Senor Coconut gets paid a royalty for each track. they've also got great drum and bass comps (reinforced and certificate 18), old daniel wang material, old ken ishii material, experimental audio research, etc.
i have to admit, though, that i just used the free trial to get the stuff above (and the artists still got paid).
― vahid (vahid), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 02:18 (12 years ago) Permalink
― vahid (vahid), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 02:28 (12 years ago) Permalink
― your null fame (yournullfame), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 03:27 (12 years ago) Permalink
i found a few deleted 20th century 'classical' titles that i was unable to buy anywhere on the web anymore and so that was good -- but searching for more similarly unique stuff by the same composers didn't go anywhere (in that case they had a sampling of titles from the clasical label Koch, leaving me wanting more)
so it seemed they had something of everything, but then just something, ie just xyz on label q, just some of the obscure stuff -- admittedly stuff i've not seen available anywhere else -- so not much depth for any given artist, more 'lost tapes from 1975' type stuff -- stuff you might not have known existed
― george gosset (gegoss), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 05:30 (12 years ago) Permalink
I've downloaded mostly hard-to-find stuff, and stuff where I know the artists aren't getting shit anyway -- ferinstance, I got the entire CCR catalogue, since Saul Zaentz still ownz that shit and John Fogerty's still getting screwed over it. However, the artists who produce weird stuff who aren't getting paid anyway seem to be making a least a little bit here. They would make nothing if I downloaded from Soulseek, checked out from the library, or bought a used compact disc. They're making precious little even when we buy new CDs. I feel no guilt.
― J (Jay), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 13:13 (12 years ago) Permalink
- Faster downloads, about 10 - 100 times faster for me.- Songs are reliably named and tagged.- Search function doesn't completely suck.- Yazoo, Ethiopiques, JSP, Riverside, Milestone, etc.
I use Soulseek a lot more, but I'm glad there's both.
― Curt (cgould), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 14:09 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 14:30 (12 years ago) Permalink
Suddenly this morning, I see where EMusic's new arrivals list is just page after page of back catalog from what must be a new label signing, Beggars Banquet & "Beggars Group": 4AD, Too Pure, XL, Mantra, Wijja, etc.
I think I'll start with those Velocette singles...
― Curt (cgould), Tuesday, 20 May 2003 14:38 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Pete X, Wednesday, 9 July 2003 18:13 (11 years ago) Permalink
― adaml (adaml), Sunday, 19 October 2003 03:31 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Andrew Calaman (Andrew Calaman), Sunday, 19 October 2003 18:45 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 19 August 2004 19:45 (10 years ago) Permalink
I think it's best for people who have really broad tastes and like a lot of international musics and blues, country, whatever.
― Yr3k (dymaxia), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 17:17 (10 years ago) Permalink
― dewey, Thursday, 5 May 2005 18:27 (10 years ago) Permalink
― dlp9001, Thursday, 5 May 2005 18:34 (10 years ago) Permalink
not sure if it'll work, but it might be worth a shot
― a banana (alanbanana), Thursday, 5 May 2005 18:46 (10 years ago) Permalink
― telephonething, Thursday, 5 May 2005 18:48 (10 years ago) Permalink
― BlastsOfStatic (BlastsofStatic), Thursday, 5 May 2005 20:05 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Thursday, 6 October 2005 18:58 (9 years ago) Permalink
― älänbänänä (alanbanana), Thursday, 6 October 2005 21:22 (9 years ago) Permalink
― walter kranz (walterkranz), Thursday, 6 October 2005 22:11 (9 years ago) Permalink
-- instantaneous access to the extended classical canon in serviceable-to-great recordings due to inclusion of Naxos catalogue;-- cheap opportunity for upgrading some vinyl stuff I have to digital (eg from 4AD); since I already have the artwork etc I don't feel I'm missing out on much compared to buying CDs;-- fun of randomly trying something unknown for very little cost.
I'd appreciate a higher-volume account option than the current max of 90 tracks for $20 a month, though (ie EMUSIC CAN YOU HEAR ME I WANT TO GIVE YOU MORE MONEY).
― The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Friday, 16 December 2005 23:50 (9 years ago) Permalink
― sweet earth flying (sweet earth flying), Saturday, 17 December 2005 00:12 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Banana Nutrament (ghostface), Saturday, 17 December 2005 01:05 (9 years ago) Permalink
― naturemorte, Saturday, 17 December 2005 08:57 (9 years ago) Permalink
Haha yes that is a bit dim. Talking of classical, this means e.g. that symphonies are usually dirt cheap, opera less so.
Hm maybe one should write a program that scoured the catalogue and found the best bargains from the track lengths... ;)
― The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Saturday, 17 December 2005 09:23 (9 years ago) Permalink
― sweet earth flying (sweet earth flying), Saturday, 17 December 2005 15:07 (9 years ago) Permalink
I started to make a list of the "few" finds that made me happy to be a member, before it became a huge list and I had to void my whole argument.
Not enough downloads, I agree, but I love it.
And SO VERY GLAD they don't pro-rate songs or pieces by length.
― Myke Weiskopf (Myke Weiskopf), Sunday, 18 December 2005 00:06 (9 years ago) Permalink
! We're sorry. This album is unavailable for download in your country at this time. Please check back later.
These preclude classic status.
― jcartledge (jcartledge), Sunday, 18 December 2005 01:11 (9 years ago) Permalink
google site:emusic.com inurl:album 15..80-0..59-listen
change the 15 to whatever you want the minimum length in minutes to be.
― älänbänänä (alanbanana), Sunday, 18 December 2005 01:50 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Douglas (Douglas), Sunday, 18 December 2005 02:44 (9 years ago) Permalink
― sweet earth flying (sweet earth flying), Sunday, 18 December 2005 05:05 (9 years ago) Permalink
If you burn the albums to CD, you always have a stack of CDs with stuff you haven't heard on it waiting for you!
― Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Sunday, 18 December 2005 05:21 (9 years ago) Permalink
Heh, I downloaded John Cage's Empty Words (part III) from eMusic - two tracks, 74 minutes each.
They also have some live albums that I haven't seen elsewhere (search for "Schubas" and "Casbah" for starters.)
― Ernest P. (ernestp), Sunday, 18 December 2005 07:17 (9 years ago) Permalink
― sweet earth flying (sweet earth flying), Sunday, 18 December 2005 14:55 (9 years ago) Permalink
― philip sherburne (philip sherburne), Sunday, 18 December 2005 17:03 (9 years ago) Permalink
I wish I could pay more for higher quality, or that the downloads were higher quality; it irks me to know that someday, like with my cassettes and my vinyl and my early CDs, that I'll probably upgrade a lot of what I picked up on eMusic because the bitrate is noticeable.
Nothing personal to Doug or Philip (two writers whose work I admire and like a lot) but I still do not find eMusic to be a community type of place for me where I want to spend time doing anything but downloading. There's a lot of quality writing and some of the lists are really great, but I can't seem to make eMusic a daily stop in my surfing. It's not a destination for me in that sense and I'm not sure why.
Also, the exclusive live stuff is a nice touch and I wish there was more of that (like the exclusive titles that the CIMS gets.)
― don weiner (don weiner), Sunday, 18 December 2005 17:54 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Sunday, 18 December 2005 20:54 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Sororah T Massacre (blueski), Sunday, 18 December 2005 23:41 (9 years ago) Permalink
This was my download strategy:
1. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (all tracks)I've heard and liked the singles, I've skimmed through the rest at a listening station in some record store. I think it's a really good album, but before buying it I've wanted to spend some time listening to it straight through to be sure I separate my own impressions from the hype that surrounded it. [Conclusion: I'll buy the CD as soon as I can find it used.]
2. [remembering the notion, expressed in this thread, that it's good to download LONG tracks]Eliane Radigue, Trilogie de la mort -- three hour-long tracks, beautiful drone-y electronic sounds, the smartest decision I made in this whole process
3. [spontaneously deciding to hunt down some individual tracks where I'm not interested in buying the whole album]Annie - several tracks off AnniemalLadytron - several tracks off 604 and Light & MagicArmand Van Helden - "U Don't Know Me" and "Flowerz"
4. [spontaneously deciding it's about time I finally checked out Derek Bailey]Derek Bailey - Improvisations (all tracks)
5. [remembering I've been curious about Robert Rich but put off by all the New Age hoo-haw]Robert Rich - Below Zero (all tracks)still haven't listened to it
6. [remembering that ever since the recent Imogen Heap thread, I've been trying to find Todd Rundgren's "Pretending to Care," off the mid-80s album _A Capella_]They don't have it, but they have a cover of it by a band called The Unherd.
That's 50 tracks, and I've unsubscribed. Part of the challenge is that I'm just not a music downloader, so anything I *really* want, I want on CD. The eMusic process was all about remembering things I *sort of* want.
― National Roffle Association (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 19 December 2005 03:22 (9 years ago) Permalink
rhaps usually covers my nostalgic needs... you know, when some friend goes, "dude krokus!" i can actually give krokus a listen and leave it at that without spending much more than a few cents i suppose. etc etc. old hip hop records i never bought but have radio taped mixes of, etc etc.
one by one, emusic has steadily brought lot's and lot's of "want list" labels onboard. i never thought i'd see tzadik come, but here they are. or dischord. touch and go! shit, those dudes charge out the wazoo for their records at the store, but here they are! emusic has really become kind of a paradise for back catalog siftings. i keep hoping drag city will come, but they seem pretty stiff on such things. (do they do itunes even? i'm too lazy to fire up itunes right now.)
as far as i'm concerned, services like emusic are saints for kicking DRM to the curb and letting us be honest fans. (for now anyway. legislation always pending in one form or another.)
― msp (mspa), Monday, 19 December 2005 03:43 (9 years ago) Permalink
Certainly far from having everything I want, but I've already downloaded tons of stuff I've been fiending for for a while.
Also great to have for making my wedding mixes.
― Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 20:40 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 21:03 (9 years ago) Permalink
Might not be quite to your taste and maybe the pricing works out different in the US, but here are some good artists to check that often have just a few tracks per album. All ambient, experimental and um, modern classical stuff:
Robert AshleySteve RoachNurse With WoundKlaus SchulzeWalter MarchettiRhys ChathamGavin BryarsOren AmbarchiWilliam BasinskiBlack SwanTony ConradTaylor DeupreeIrr.App.(Ext.)Charlemagne PalestineEliane RadigueYellow Swans
― immer wieder, ralf & günther (NickB), Friday, 3 June 2011 23:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
Great list, and I already have some of those bases covered (NWW, Schulze, Basinski) but the others are good reminders. You read my mind!
The only prob seems to be that what used to be a good deal album has turned into a $5.99 album, and most of these (at least the ones I just looked at) are $5.99 now. I mean, that is not a lot of cash, and I would pay it, but I have $4.62 credit. So...do I get booster pack and just spend more than I planned on spending? Maybe. Do I plan out what I'm going to download next time so that I have *just* the right balance of credit and albums? Unlikely, knowing me.
The hoop jumping is greatly outweighing my enjoyment of 2.5 albums per month at this point.
― Garyln (La Lechera), Saturday, 4 June 2011 00:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
That's too bad, lots of the albums by the guys on that list only cost about a pound here.
― immer wieder, ralf & günther (NickB), Saturday, 4 June 2011 00:37 (3 years ago) Permalink
Arrrgh....I was so busy this week that I didn't finish downloading last months downloads...I lost thirty god damned dollars! They should send you an automated e-mail every month to remind you!
― Then Abitha Tabitha is My New Screen Name (Mount Cleaners), Saturday, 20 August 2011 13:29 (3 years ago) Permalink
that kind of programming costs $$$$$$$$$
― if you hipster on your fixie tonight, dont forget, wear black. amen. (Hunt3r), Saturday, 20 August 2011 13:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
It wouldn't cost them anything. They do that very deliberately. That's why I quit - for the record, you can go to cancel your account and the'll give you one month free to stay on. I did that, then quit as soo as I had spent those credits. They're dicks.
― Walter Galt, Saturday, 20 August 2011 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
pretty much every monthly subscription service works this way. i was in my u-haul storage space two days over and i had to pay for an entire month. i wanted to burn the fucking building down.
― Lil Boosie's on the Up (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 20 August 2011 16:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
i was being facetious--that's one reason i quit them too
― if you hipster on your fixie tonight, dont forget, wear black. amen. (Hunt3r), Saturday, 20 August 2011 17:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
the change in the system is an insidious money-sucker too, because before you always had a number of 'songs' on your account that you could use up, now that the account balance is measured in dollars and cents, there's always going to be some odd remainder that you won't find a song of that amount to purchase, so when the month rolls over that's basically money you get no benefit all from having given to them.
― some dude, Sunday, 21 August 2011 02:17 (3 years ago) Permalink
no. "loose change" -- less than enough to download a final song in a given month -- rolls over to the next month.
― Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 21 August 2011 02:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
even then, if i have sixty cents left to spend, it won't roll over, because i could potentially find some .49 song to download. so then it becomes a matter of hunting around for a song that falls within this magical price-point, or else losing the money. it's tedious.
― sea jasper, a meteor, rose quartz and quartz (reddening), Sunday, 21 August 2011 07:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
you're right. but it was the same way with the old credit system (if you had a stray credit or two left at the end of a billing cycle, those credits didn't roll-over to the new billing cycle; instead, you lost them).
― Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 21 August 2011 12:18 (3 years ago) Permalink
yeah, but a credit was a credit -- you grabbed a song and went on your way. usually i'd get one or two songs off an album that i intended to complete during the next pay period. this new business of hunting for an appropriately priced single at the end of every pay period was what finally annoyed me enough to put my account on hold (that and the appearance of US spotify).
― sea jasper, a meteor, rose quartz and quartz (reddening), Sunday, 21 August 2011 12:39 (3 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel, Esq., Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:55 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark
really? good to know, i thought it didn't!
― some dude, Sunday, 21 August 2011 13:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
but reddening otm, it's still another reason the site sucks now compared to the old days
― some dude, Sunday, 21 August 2011 13:20 (3 years ago) Permalink
Just cancelled for good. I basically spent three weeks trying to reduce my account level and got no help from customer service. Every time I'd try to drop to a lower plan I'd get a glitch. Luckily the cancel function did not glitch. Was barely worth it anymore anyway -- near CD price for low-quality mp3.
― Disraeli Geirs (Hurting 2), Monday, 26 September 2011 21:46 (3 years ago) Permalink
I have an eMusic question. How do the royalties work with the labels in this type of situation: eMusic has just put the new Sacred Bones reissue of the Eraserhead soundtrack up for £1.28. It's retailing for about £40 on vinyl. I'm sure this was some kind of automated thing, because it's only technically a four track album (similarly, the reissue of Sleep's Dopesmoker was put up for 84p as a single song).
Am I boning the labels or bands if I jump on those possible mistakes, or will they get the same cut no matter what?
― She Got the Shakes, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 09:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
I have read (in an old interview with one of the emusic honchos) that the labels always get paid more for tracks over 6 minutes. No idea about comparing it with LP sales.
― get you ass to mahs (abanana), Thursday, 9 August 2012 01:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
I want an emusic this-or-that thread.
Ie, should I go ahead and buy the new Gudrun Gut, Wildlife for the unusually high $9.48 of credit, or should I wait til November 6 to see if Andy Stott's Luxury Problems will get a timely emusic release.
Not a rhetorical question.
― 圧迫系プレイ (Sanpaku), Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
the psychology of buying on itunes is v different than the psychology of buying on emusic. with itunes i think, "do i really, really want this? can an album with a lead song called zed the mythical goat possibly be worth $9.99?" with emusic i think, "eh, they've already taken my X dollars this month; might as well download this."
anyone know what's the typical price of an album for an emusic subscriber these days? to non-subscribers (who can now buy a la carte), the emusic and itunes prices are mostly equal.
― Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
I just don't see the benefit of this service vs. $10/month for Spotify Premium
― undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
do they have anything spotify doesn't?
― undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
it's a function of my age, really. i have an attachment to owning, not just "renting" (streaming), music. purely personal preference.
― Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
typical price of an album for an emusic subscriber these days
in other news, since the motherfucking orchard swallowed up ioda, the amount of actually good music available to me on emusic has diminished to microscopic levels
― take that, bitterman (electricsound), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
they still have bruno mars.
the entire catalogue.
― Daniel, Esq 2, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 02:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
― undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 03:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
for me it's a portability issue. i can't put spotify on my ipod and that's what I listen to the most because i like to listen to music while walking/running/moving from a to b. if i had to drain my phone battery i'd be stingy about listening to stuff and that would be stupid. better to just have mp3s. also they're MINE.
― free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Also if the label decides they don't wanna be on emusic (or spotify) any more, I still have the music.
― Thelema & Louise (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:47 (1 year ago) Permalink
otm. i cancelled my emusic subscription a few years ago because i was basically just downloading only remotely interesting stuff in order to use up my monthly amount. it was this contest every month to use it up before I forgot about it and lost the money. i almost never buy music on itunes. maybe like 2 albums in the past 6 years. lots of people give itunes giftcards though so i've certainly used those.
i basically use spotify now, primarily to check out new stuff that i eventually will buy in physical format if i really like it.
― marcos, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yes, definitely - ECM and ReR and also some dance oriented things like Hessle Audio and Hemlock are a few labels that spring to my mind. Also some labels put things up on eMusic on day of release but you might have to wait a couple of months until it's on Spotify (e.g. RVNG)
― if you lose your way tonight that's how you know the map's not right (NickB), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
my main problem with spotify as an alternative to downloading is that i can't take it anywhere! just thinking about that makes me wonder if my walkman still works.
― free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
Well, you can pay $10/month for premium and then you get it to mobile devices, and you can set certain albums to play in "offline" mode which is kind of like a temporary download. Of course this is limited by the space you have on your phone or mobile device (a problem for me since mine tends to be full of baby videos at all times).
― undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
it also requires carrying my phone at all times and using its battery for something that is not related to the phone so what do i do if i binge on spotify and can't make/receive a phone call?! i'm a super ambulant person and also paranoid about batteries dying so spotify on my phone just isn't really an option for mei'm ok with emusic for now! why do i keep talking about this?!
― free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
Accidentally found this on emusic today, it's under 6 bucks:
100 mambo-craze-era songs by a great, weird roster: Henry Mancini, Johnny Burnette, June Carter, Eydie Gorme, Ivory Joe Hunter, Sophia Loren, Lavern Baker, Huey Piano Smith, Ruth Brown, Hank Snow, and on and on.
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 18 August 2013 05:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
I was just thinking about eMusic yesterday—I just upgraded a bunch of old 128 CBR mp3s from eMusic through iTunes Match. I'm glad it's still around.
― Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Sunday, 18 August 2013 17:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
what's the fifth song on that comp?
― socki (s1ocki), Sunday, 18 August 2013 21:44 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ha. There is a version of that, though not the original. (But there are a few others by Perez Prado.)
― something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
"As a result, beginning today, we will be exiting the mainstream music business and offering exclusively independent music."
in full support here
― outback bumfuc (electricsound), Friday, 26 September 2014 22:29 (8 months ago) Permalink
(My monthly credits reup tomorrow...)
― von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Friday, 26 September 2014 22:32 (8 months ago) Permalink
in full support here― outback bumfuc (electricsound), Friday, September 26, 2014
― outback bumfuc (electricsound), Friday, September 26, 2014
wish i had a better idea of what this announcement meant, or what the catalog will look like tomorrow. no major-indies, plus loss of major labels, leaves micro-label and self-released (which was already onsite).
i haven't been an emu member for years now. but if the service again looks like it did in 2010, i might reconsider.
― Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 26 September 2014 23:38 (8 months ago) Permalink
So many of my Saved albums are classical things on labels like bis, Harmonia mundi, aeon, and bridge, and I assume those are indie enough to still be there in the morning.
Bummer to lose sony and warner though.
― von Daniken Donuts (Jon Lewis), Friday, 26 September 2014 23:55 (8 months ago) Permalink
as a grandfathered non-US type i expect the catalogue will look entirely unchanged to me.
it is probably a bit much to dream that Orchard-distroed labels will return but hope springs eternal
― outback bumfuc (electricsound), Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:02 (8 months ago) Permalink
I'm sure they were margin squeezed on the major label releases (eg 0.89 / track at eMusic vs. 0.99 at Amz vs. 1.29 at iTunes).
I haven't forgotten the reason tracks are 0.89 vs the earlier 0.49 is so eMusic could woo the majors.
There's so much "meh" on my saved list I'm sorely tempted to drop.
― Felt up by Adam Smith's invisible hand (Sanpaku), Saturday, 27 September 2014 02:21 (8 months ago) Permalink
still plenty of major label stuff on the site - anybody know anything deeper about what's going on here?
― The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Sunday, 28 September 2014 13:57 (8 months ago) Permalink
It changed today. Universal is gone, warner is gone. Sony still there, though! Maybe they have the best terms. I seem to recall they were the first major emusic got...
All the large indie classical labels I checked for are still there.
― a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Monday, 29 September 2014 22:34 (8 months ago) Permalink
Universal is gone
So ironically the new U2 album has been taken down from emusic?
― john wahey (NickB), Monday, 29 September 2014 22:41 (8 months ago) Permalink
― Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 02:12 (8 months ago) Permalink
Canceled my membership over the weekend. Found an album that got my balance down to zero (Horace Silver's The Cape Verdean Blues, for $4.74) and which is doubtless gone now - Blue Note being part of Universal/EMI.
― Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 02:39 (8 months ago) Permalink
Oh man- all the Blue Note is gone?! That sucks. At least I grabbed a bunch of the Silvers while they were available. Are they actually adding any new indies or just removing the major labels? My "Saved" list went from about 35 to 10. I may have to consider cancelling if they don't follow through on bringing in new labels to replace the majors.
― o. nate, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 01:27 (7 months ago) Permalink
It still annoys me that you can't carry your balance over from month to month. I have probably lost over $200 in credits because of that.
― sarahell, Wednesday, 1 October 2014 02:44 (7 months ago) Permalink