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Anyone else use it? Whats it like?
I'm thinking of signing up to get the 50 free downloads. Worth it?
Although I accidentally upgraded my account last week and no-one has told me how to get it back to basic.
So I guess that equal pretty bad support.
I could definitely use the extra downloads, I just can't afford them. Hmm.
I ended up cancelling my subscription and re-subscribing to the annual one (about 16p per track). I also got the 50 free downloads again. I used a different card number and address just in case but I'm not sure if that was necessary.
The 50 free downloads is excellent, and it's generally brilliant value. I think I pay £11.99 a month and get 4 to 5 albums a month. It has a big catalogue and you can pretty much always find what you want. I say go for it...
seems to be. i was hoping for more information from this thread.
but the selection isn't very good unless you only want the latest p4k hype bands.
it's $10/mo though I upgraded cos I went through the alotted amount and such...but yeah it's about 33 cents a song...so it's cheap. It does tend to not have some artists full discography so that's unfortunate, but fuck it there's a million great records I want...and now everytime I read a cool review here or on the boards...zingo! I can download it immediately and not have to worry about forgetting what I wanna get at the record store. If anything it's too convenient, know what I mean?
Really great, been using it for a few years now. There used to be an 'all you can eat' option, but, some people (me included) started to take the piss so they scrapped it.
I pay 15 qid per month and get loads of stuff off there.
The selection is actually pretty great, they've got the whole Black Flag and Fugazi discographies up there and much else besides...there are gaps, but, the range seems to increase all of the time.
What about the software and the files? is it easy to use? its MP3s at 192kbps right? so i can just add them to my Windows Media Player?
Sonic purists may sniff at 192, but, it sounds fine to me and compares very favourable with the 128 you get from iTunes (for approximately 5 times the price!).
192 is decent enough. i dont use itunes for various reasons. Think i'll give it a go. Cheers people
You'll need to download their download manager unfortunately, but it's not a big file.
It's a subscription based site. If you do not cancel your subscription you will be charged, so beware. If you can't afford it all of a sudden you'll have to wait for the next billing period before they stop charging you.
I pay £15.99 for 90 downloads, but they change their tariff every so often. I don't have any experience with the yearly subscription.
The catalogue is pretty vast and you'll never need to search long and hard for something to download. One caveat though, there is no 'roll over' with downloads, so use them all as they won't be there next month. This is especially problematic if you have 1-5 downloads left.
If you only have one or two downloads left, rather than picking the odd track here and there from albums/e.ps download some Henry Rollins material!
Evrything he has ever released is up there, some of his diatribes are about 45 minutes long, but, only count as 1 download, the epic 2 parter in which he describes watching Kiss for the first time is well worth a go.
You pay a certain amount per month. You can cancel it any time at a month's notice. There are various levels of subscription - I am currently up to 100 downloads a month for £20.00, which works out at around £2.50 an album ...
You won't find every artist on there but among those I've downloaded recently are :
Current stuff :
British Sea Power
American Music Club
Pony Up !
Older stuff :
Incredible Bongo Band
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Its great for researching bands you've heard a little bit, for example, the theme to Weeds the other week was by a band called Persephone's Bees. Quite liked it so downloaded a track off emusic called "Sex" which kicks ass.
If you only have a few downloads left then you could do what I did last month - snaffled half the Lionheart Brothers album. Mind you it was very frustrating having to wait a couple of weeks for the rest of it.
Well worth it for anybody with an obsessive interest in music (and that's all of us on here, correct?)
of 1-4 track albums for when that happens; ambient/jazz/doom metal are particularly good genres to look at for long albums with a few tracks. I've discovered so many fantastic bands through emusic it's untrue.
I'm on a 2 yearly subscription so it's only about 12p per track or something daft too. You don't need to download their manager too, you can still do it from the website - they had to reenable it as some people were having issues.
just download a few tracks from an album (like, however many downloads you have left), and then next month go and get the rest? Does it work like that?
I can't see myself paying for downloads, so I wouldn't know...
indie gems, hidden treasures, I've tracked down a load of cool albums!
but I never like doing that, particularly if the tracks turn out to be really good.
when it comes to albums.
I agree eMusic is great. These days I find if it's not on eMusic I'm not that bothered about it (with a few notable exceptions) and it's lead me to so much great music I wouldn't have thought about getting otherwise.
get a booster pack and then you can use that at the end of the month to get whole albums. WIN
mainly because I wanted to get an emusic exclusive ep that I couldn't get elsewhere. So I got that, a couple of albums that weren't available in the uk, one album I was curious about, and another that I hadn't found at a cheap enough cd price to tempt me. & it perfectly worked out at 50 tracks.
I then cancelled it on the same day, which felt a bit bad. But I had to use my girlfriend's Visa card (as they don't accept Maestro), and I'd be a bit disheartened if I downloaded something from emusic, liked it, and then didn't go and buy the cd. I like my cds, and so emusic might stop me buying some of them.
the Maestro thing. I remember there was a thread a couple of months ago where a few of us wondered why they weren't accepting Maestro anymore.
I assumed that as I was getting the message saying that I could no longer pay by my Maestro card that my subscription would end. I stopped using it for a month or so but then noticed on my bank statement that I had still been charged. It turns out that my account was still active, payments were being made no problem and I had just missed out on a month of downloads.
tracks in full before buying? Or simply preview? Or neither?!
30 second previews for the tracks.
alas i don't think they accept my debit card anyway.
I'm still on my american package, which is about £12 for 90 tracks a month. I pretty much use them every month. It's been a great companion piece to Plan B, as i'm constantly picking up bits that I read about there.
Basically it's where most of the properly independant labels go to sell their wares, so there's always plenty of less well known gubbins on there. I love it.
Plus it's DRM free, and if you cancel your subscription, you still keep all your music, unlike that godawful Napster bollocks that erases your music after a month.
best. download. service. available.
Could anyone recommend any other music subscription websites?
I trawl around this site.
Someone says 'God I love (band x)' or 'if you like (band I really love) you should check out (band x)'.
I go 'oooohhhh' and rush onto emusic.
9 times out of 10 'band x' are on emusic.
I put their album on 'save for later'
every month I get my 200 downloads and I get my 'saved for laters' and, voila, I have discovered a whole host of new bands most of whom I love.
Some 'band x' successes:
Dillinger Escape Plan,
Rites of Spring,
Drive like Jehu
etc, etc, etc,
Thank you DiS. Thank you Emusic.