EMusic - C/D

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Yeah... No files that come live on my computer forever, no deal.

banned on ixlor (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:09 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Streaming is live and works flawlessly; redownloads are coming. There's a 2x booster pack sale on right now.

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I should probably test it out again right before saying that -- there's some server problems today.

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:50 (two years ago) Permalink

do you work there? just curious

sarahell, Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:53 (two years ago) Permalink

no, just a long time member

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:03 (two years ago) Permalink

There have been a lot of billing issues as they've tried to upgrade that side of their systems after the takeover. Having said that the streaming has worked perfectly on the couple of occasions I've tried it and from what I can see the new owner is taking customer support and site functionality more seriously than their predecessors.

treefell, Thursday, 31 December 2015 22:46 (two years ago) Permalink

it would be great if it didn't keep automatically downloading the installer exe file every time i buy something

sarahell, Thursday, 31 December 2015 23:55 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

anyone still using eMusic?
they've just redesigned the website and seem to have changed business model as well but I still have a 10year-old subscription that allows me download a certain amount of mp3's for a couple of bucks every month. So they still do that too for the moment.
But their catalogue is terrible. Loads of labels are simply not involved, I get that. But even for the labels that are on the site you just have to wait if a particular release will show up. Just some examples: new Sorority Noise album. Every other release on the label is on there and even some recent SN singles but not the album (actually, it wás at some point but now it disappeared again). Also: Toitoitoi. On Ghost Box. Label is available on the site. Record is out. It's on Spotify and 7Digital. But not on eMusic.
This is not new buy the way. I've got a folder in gmail of me e-mailing labels asking when a particular record will be on eMusic and them answering back, hm, it should be on there, let me check with the distributor.
The last few years I've been finding it harder and harder to spend my credits each month.

Joris Stereo, Friday, 12 May 2017 14:51 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm still using it. It's always been great for classical music and continues to be. I don't get much rock/pop stuff there anymore though it continues to be my way of buying new Robyn Hitchcock and Fall releases (though yes the last Fall one took a looong time to show up on eMu. Between new releases on classical and film score labels and archival/reissue electronic and kraut/kosmische type stuff I don't have a problem using up my 24 bucks a month.

I'm not clear yet on how the new model is different other than the site redesign.

fish louse (Jon not Jon), Friday, 12 May 2017 17:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm amazed that emusic still exists. Used to love them. It's like finding out that there's a big market for 78s. In all seriousness, I got an astounding amount of great music from this service. A billion years ago.

dlp9001, Friday, 12 May 2017 17:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I was over the moon in 2002 when eMusic began hosting all the old Daniel Johnston tapes, just weeks after me getting into him and thinking I'd have to order all these import cassettes

PaulTMA, Friday, 12 May 2017 17:51 (one year ago) Permalink

My wishlist slowly shrinked with all the dropped labels until I gave up on my grandfathered (+bonus credits) account in 2015. Feel better about supporting artists through bandcamp, too.

baby, we don't love you baby, we don't love you baby, yeah (Sanpaku), Friday, 12 May 2017 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm amazed that emusic still exists. Used to love them. It's like finding out that there's a big market for 78s. In all seriousness, I got an astounding amount of great music from this service. A billion years ago.

― dlp9001, Friday, May 12, 2017 1:49 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ooh owned

fish louse (Jon not Jon), Friday, 12 May 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

It's clear that they've been barely keeping the site ticking over since they decided to switch their backend to 7digital and putting all their effort into the new site.
It looked from the beta test that a lot of content that should have been on the site for months (new releases from Sub Pop as one example) would appear after the switch over.
Then the launch happened and labels like Sub Pop, Warp, Bella Union suddenly have no or very little in the catalogue. There's been no real explanation as to why this stuff hasn't appeared in the new live site but also no fanfare of new and returning labels. As a UK user it's very nice to see nearly 400 records turn up from Domino after years away.
There are a lot of disgruntled older users out there and I don't really see why anyone new would want to join up but I'm hopeful that once they sort their content issues out it will continue to be more than worth the money I pay for it.

treefell, Friday, 12 May 2017 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been a member since 2008. I've come close to cancelling a few times, what with the constant turnover in labels, sometimes it takes a while to find things you want. I just went there today and saw they've completely redone the site and it looks like half my wishlist has vanished - victims of label turnover I guess. It was great when you could get Blue Note jazz records from the '60s and major-label stuff. I almost cancelled after that disappeared, but then I found enough independent-label metal to keep me going. Now, I get most of that from Bandcamp, which has much better selection, so I'm not sure if I'll stick with eMusic much longer.

o. nate, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Looks like they've added a bunch of avant-jazz labels: HatHut, ESP, Tzadik. I may have to start listening to that kind of stuff again.

o. nate, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:05 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Anyone want to help me with some Tzadik recommendations? I basically stopped paying attention around 2000.

o. nate, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Every time I see this thread bumped I expect a link to a news article saying they've finally folded.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 01:57 (one year ago) Permalink

hmm, I've been disappointed by recent Tzadik albums I've tried. Anything written by or featuring Zorn in the last 15 years seems to be an aimless mess.

I like these from after 2000:

Kayo Dot, Choirs of the Eye, 2003
Wadada Leo Smith, Lake Biwa, 2004
the Scott Johnson reissue, John Somebody
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Mayim Rabim, 2006

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't have any interest in the no-wave improvisational klezmer punk side of the label, but I have dipped into their New Music offerings. IIRC, I liked:

Maryanne Amacher - Sound Characters, Sound Characters vol. 2
Alvin Curran - Animal Behavior, Theme Park, Lost Marbles, Shofar Rags
Arnold Dreyblatt - Animal Magnetism, Who's Who In Central & East Europe 1933
Annie Gosfield - Burnt Ivory and Loose Wires, Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites, Almost Truths And Open Deceptions
Lukas Ligeti - Mystery System, Afrikan Machinery
Lois Vierk - River Beneath the River
The Cracow Klezmer Band - Balan: Book of Angels Vol.5, Remembrance

The latter group could be described as Penderecki does klezmer, and may get me into the genre yet.

tactical piñata (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:50 (one year ago) Permalink

last month I got every single Haydn Symphony from here for like $6.99 ...

sansa riff (sarahell), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 06:24 (one year ago) Permalink

The Morton Feldman Patterns in a Chromatic Field on tzadik is fantastic.

Also, emusic has reverted to certain albums which are one long track being priced super cheap. I just got two Feldman chamber music albums on Bridge Records for like a buck each.

harbinger of failure (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:39 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Now chasing the cryptocurrency craze.

adam the (abanana), Friday, 6 April 2018 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink


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