Dear eMusic Members,
Not so long ago, I introduced myself to eMusic members – promising to transform eMusic from a beloved discount music outlet into a full-fledged music service designed for passionate music collectors, like you. In other words, I want eMusic to bring the soul back into music ownership and discovery, and be the service our loyal members deserve. Our first step was to learn from the community. We’ve observed how you, our core Members, discover new music and manage your collections. We’ve pored over survey responses, from our current community and from former Members.
Then, and only then, we set off to rebuild eMusic from scratch.
So here we are, finally set to release a major refresh to eMusic, with the first update days away, and more updates running through the end of May. Judging from the feedback we’ve gotten from Beta testers, there’s a lot to look forward to! In our first rollout, you’ll be enjoying a fresh, new design and user experience, improvements to search, dedicated label pages, and a noticeable upgrade in speed, performance and stability.
We’ve also invested in a more seamless connection to our music label partners, giving us immediate access to new releases. To do this we had to rebuild our entire catalog, label by label, which resulted in lots of great new artists and fresh new music from label partners like Domino, Ninja Tune, Yep Roc, Merge Records and Jagjaguwar. We will continue to add labels, artists, and albums in the coming weeks and months.
A special thanks to our 500 beta testers, who strapped on their crash helmets and jumped in to help us test our (assumptions and) product over the last couple of months. With their support and feedback, we are confident that the new eMusic is a huge step forward.
We will keep in touch throughout this launch to make your experience from old to new as seamless as possible. Look for regular emails, and I invite all of you to check out the new eMusic Blog for regular updates and to join the conversation with other eMusic Members at the eMusicOfficial subreddit.
We hope you are ready for something new and different.
President, eMusic.com, Inc