eMusic Review

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2012 Editor's Choice Winner
Best Song (MP3) Download Site

We will start our eMusic review by covering what makes them unique. eMusic is a leader in DRM free mp3 downloads. They offer over 10 million songs from more than 40,000 independent labels. Since the songs are free of encryption (digital rights management) you own every mp3 downloaded and can burn CD's or transfer your favorites to mp3 player. eMusic tracks are even iPod compatible. You will find the price per song to be about half the cost of iTunes.

In 1999 "They Might be Giants" released an Internet only album on eMusic. Since then the site has gained access to compilations from Moby, The White Stripes, and Paul McCartney just to name a few. They now add live concert recordings weekly. In 2007 they also started offering audiobooks. They have nearly 5,000 titles from top audio book publishers.

This review wouldn't be complete without covering eMusic's site design and ease of use. eMusic.com has changed quite a bit since the early days. Today it has a more social feel with content from partners and user ratings. View an album page for Jay-Z and along with songs and high-res album art you have access to music videos from YouTube and concert photos from Flickr all in one spot.

eMusic has a unique pricing structure. Rather than charge for individual songs like iTunes or unlimited access like Rhapsody, eMusic offers monthly subscription services based on a set number of downloads per month. Here is a list of their monthly plans:

      Music Subscription Plans:
  • 24 songs for $11.99 a month (50 cents a song)
  • 35 songs for $15.89 a month (45 cents a song)
  • 50 songs for $20.79 a month (42 cents a song)

      Audiobook Subscription Plans:
  • 1 book for $9.99 a month
  • 2 books for $19.99 a month

We would love to see eMusic offer an unlimited plan but that would be cost prohibitive since the songs are all DRM free. All songs downloaded are yours to keep. Listen via PC, burn to CD or transfer to your MP3 player.

eMusic also offers a free trial to all new customers. Visit our eMusic free trial page for more details.

Since eMusic songs are downloaded via their website the service supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. They offer answers to common questions and live chat support.

eMusic is our Editors' Choice selection for "Best Song (MP3) Download Site". Download MP3 songs at 1/2 the price of iTunes. All songs are DRM-free and compatible with MP3 players including iPod, Zune and all major brands.