eMusic Catalog Update

Despite our best efforts to keep our catalog intact, we’ve suffered some temporary label losses. The eMusic business model has not been immune to pressures from the competitive world of free streaming and music videos.  The recent label losses are evidence of the difficulties we face in supporting preferred Member pricing, growing membership in a competitive market, and maintaining a robust music catalog.

Though these losses are painful to us and our loyal members, we’re constantly exploring options to provide added value, expand our catalog, restore desired labels and grow our membership.  These efforts have spanned technology improvements, new plans and offers for new customers, and a steep reduction in organizational costs.  To name a few:

  • We’ve completely replaced a failing ecommerce platform.
  • We’ve greatly reduced overhead and operating expenses.
  • We’ve introduced free cloud services to help Members manage their collections and bring more value overall to the service.
  • We’ve introduced a flexible Open Access plan that enables Members to buy as much or as little music as they want from month to month.
  • We’ve also pursued new investment opportunities to help us grow in membership.

Despite our progress since relaunching eMusic, we know there’s more that needs to be done. We believe that what we and the industry needs right now is a much bigger innovation – one that will allow us to carry through on our mission to deliver a music service for collectors that value music ownership and supporting their favorite artists.

We have a plan and a path forward (and its not streaming).  We have the backing for a new direction that will enable us to add  artists and restore labels to the store, and introduce new music technologies that don’t exist anywhere today.   In fact, in a matter of weeks, we’ll be ready to share details about a new eMusic marketplace we’re developing that will help us to bring back lost content, expand our catalog, and enable our fans to interact with and support their favorite artists in a whole new way.  Plus, we will continue to enhance eMusic’s core functionality, making it your go-to player, collection manager, and retail store.  

We look forward to sharing more information soon with our supportive and loyal customers.

eMusic’s New and Improved Functionality

So, you just downloaded an album or ripped tracks from old CDs or vinyl, and you’re ready to upload it to your My Music Cloud. You then notice that Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of you” was uploaded as Luis Fonsi’s or that Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” appears as released in 2001.

We’ve all had this happen to us, right?

As your personal My Music Cloud is the core of enjoying your music, eMusic has improved its functionality to deal with these exact issues.

Any album you upload to the eMusic cloud is now marked by an upwards pointing arrow to help distinguish between your uploads and the albums that were purchased on eMusic.

You’ll notice that the more options menu now contains the option to easily and efficiently edit metadata, including: the album title, artist name and the release year. In addition, you can add up to 5 genres or sub genres.

If you come across an album where the track artist isn’t synced with the album artist, all you have to do is check the box to match all tracks to the album artist. You can also edit the track artists individually, if for example you have a compilation of various artists by using the more options menu for individual tracks.

The order of the tracks is all messed up? No problem. There’s a solution for that too!
You can arrange them in the correct order by editing their track numbers and even move tracks to another album they ended up in the wrong place.

Just got a hold of Leonard Cohen’s 3 disc “classics” collection and found the cd’s scattered around the cloud? You can combine all three into one album and within it, divide the tracks into separate discs.

We know what you’re thinking. What about the album art? Well, you can rest assured that this too is on our to-do list! Soon you’ll be able to attach an album art, if missing or change it if it’s incorrect.

At eMusic, we care about our users and consistently keep improving to assure that you stay satisfied and get the best user experience possible.

Keep checking out our blog or join our social communities on Reddit, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news and release updates.

Over 50K Albums Added to the eMusic Catalog

A few days ago, a member of our community posted on Reddit about finding music on our catalog, that had become unavailable via web and mobile search and could not be found under the relevant labels or artist pages where the content should have been. During our own investigation, we identified a problem with our search algorithm, which we have now corrected to make this music searchable. Spurred on by this and other helpful and directional discussion in our eMusers and Reddit communities, we’re happy to say that we’ve recovered a substantial amount of music.

At eMusic, access to more and more music and choice is paramount to our discovery model. We have a plan to further address and add music back to our catalog in the coming months, and will update via email newsletters and the blog to ensure our members are kept up to date.

Please, keep the comments coming! Join our Reddit or eMuser communities, or email our Customer Success Team and let us hear from you. We are a small team, and we are proud that we can work with our music fans on solutions to make the experience better.

Though you can find additions across thousands of labels*, here are some top labels you may want to check out where we’ve recovered hundreds of albums previously missing:

Ninja Tune
Merge Records
Centaur Records
Big Dada
Gorgon Records
ESP Disk
Planet E Communications
Mr. Bongo
Brain Feeder
SideOneDummy Records
Polyvinyl Records

*Regional catalog differences apply.

Best of 2017

As we come to the end of 2017, and take a look back at how and what music has been purchased in 2017, there have been some important insights of note this year. For example, many eMusic fans are still in love with the album vs. the track – the vast majority of purchases are albums, showing that our members prefer to purchase a full body of work that an artist puts together to share their current worldview. This contrasts sharply with what plays on streaming services – individual tracks curated by an algorithm or by a service like Spotify or Tidal. In addition, most eMusic members also prefer to curate and listen to their own music over streaming – in fact, on any given day, members report that 90% of the time, their own music is what’s playing, vs. sampling from streaming services.

So, after culling all the music purchased in 2017 including items save to the wish list, as well as our own staff and label input, we’ve collated the top albums of the year into a giant list for you – featuring everything from pop to vocal jazz to prog rock, from veterans and freshman, and everything in-between.

You can find the full list available here, some at discounts up to 75% off retail for our members.