eMusic, One of the Original Digital Music Retailers, Is Relaunching Today

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eMusic, One of the Original Digital Music Retailers, Is Relaunching Today

eMusic, one of the Internet’s original music services, is today relaunching under a vastly different model than other contemporary services. The “fully overhauled and upgraded” eMusic is based around a music ownership model rather than an access streaming model and offers users free and discounted downloads, cloud-based storage, universal access on any device and a catalog of 32 million titles exclusively from independent labels.

Author: Andy Gensler, Billboard

“The all-new eMusic appeals to passionate, knowledgeable music fans who are driven by discovery and take great pride in their music collections,” said Tamir Koch, CEO of TriPlay, the cloud-based company that purchased eMusic in Oct. 2015, in a statement. “eMusic members have spent countless hours growing and curating their private music libraries and see value in the power of their personal cloud through eMusic.”

The pricing tiers for the new service range from free, which offers users unlimited cloud storage and access to one’s own music collection (as well as photos, audio books and videos) and a free daily music download from emerging artists; to paid plans which range from $3.99 per month and includes unlimited access to songs at up to 55 percent off retail for downloads, and go all the way up to $29.99 per month “for the music connoisseur.”

The release specifically mentioned “indie, classical and jazz” music.

The plans also allow for use of up to 10 devices simultaneously and works with both Android and iOS operating systems and Web based platforms.

When asked what the advantages of an ownership model would be versus an access model, Koch was quick to point out to Billboard what is perhaps eMusic’s biggest advantage. “Once you stop paying Apple Music, Spotify and the rest you lose everything,” the CEO said. “With us you can be on a plan, buy whatever you want, bring it into your collection and say, ‘You know what I’m done, I’m not paying anymore.’ And still everything will be available to you, you won’t lose anything.”

Read More/Original Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7792050/emusic-relaunches-indie-centric-music-service

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