Thursday, October 2, 2014

So Long to eMusic...

Quite a few years ago, I signed up for an account with a little known Internet music service called "eMusic".

I liked the site because they would sell their music in mp3 format so I could play it on any of my devices with "authorizing" them.

The only thing I didn't like about the site was the subscription model they used. I paid a yearly fee and then the company basically gave me 1/12th of my fee plus a little bit more to use to buy music each month. The unused money did not roll over, so if you didn't use it all, you lost it. Also, the songs were priced a little strangely (not everything was the same price) so no matter what I purchased, I always left money on the table.

However, I was willing to put up with these short comings as I felt the prices were lower than other sites and they had the music I wanted. I also felt like the "use it of lose it" part of the available money sort of forced me to buy music and I felt that was a good thing.

So why did I drop my subscription?

Well, as of October 1st, eMusic dropped their carrying of music by major labels saying basically that they were going to be a music service that only sold music by indie musicians. This wasn't what I was looking for from them. I liked the fact that they carried the music I wanted on my devices. I wanted to be able to buy Cheap Trick, Nirvana, Motley Crue, and other bands from my younger years. Unfortunately I don't have the time nor the desire to rummage through a site looking for a band with music I *might* like. My life is just too busy for that.

So, while I paid a yearly subscription for many years and did so gladly, the company chose a new business model that I just can't support. The music business has changed a lot in the last 20 or so years and so now I guess now I'll be buying from Google, Amazon, and Apple.

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