New York, NY (September 15, 2006)–eMusic has become the first digital music service available throughout the entire European Union. eMusic will offer music lovers in all 25 EU member nations a catalogue of 1.7 million tracks in the universally compatible MP3 format.
With 8,500 of the world’s top independent labels, eMusic is unrivalled in providing music to consumers interested in material outside the commercial mainstream. A subscription-based service that allows consumers to own, not rent, their music, eMusic encourages people to discover new music with editorial guidance from more than 120 renowned music writers, low download prices and market-leading discovery features.
eMusic features established and emerging artists in every genre, including familiar names such as Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Ray Davies, Miles Davis and Paul Weller, established rule-breakers Basement Jaxx, Bjork and the Fall, and breaking new artists like the Rapture, the Pipettes and Four Tet. Its best-selling labels include Naxos, KOCH, Stax, Prestige, Concord/Fantasy and Beggars Group.
To license the hundreds of EU-specific labels that are available for this European launch, eMusic established EU headquarters and a dedicated, specialist staff in London almost two years ago. The new site offers tracks specific to domestic territories and includes the most important European independent music, specifically merchandised for British and other European audiences. Labels newly available to European customers include independent giants Beggars Group (XL, Matador, Beggars Banquet, 4AD, Too Pure), Edel, Domino, Ministry of Sound and many more.
David Pakman, president and CEO, eMusic, said, “The monopoly of iTunes in Europe is over. European consumers, fed up with homogeneous music and services focused only on mainstream pop can now discover a wealth of music created to transcend rules, boundaries and commercialism. At eMusic, fans can explore our vast catalogue of groundbreaking independent music, which plays on any digital music device, starting at just 17p or €0.23 a track.”