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9/02/2005

 
eMusic Adds Podcasts and RSS Feeds - Takes Music Discovery to a Whole New Level

Editorial Luminaries to Provide Audio Reviews and Commentary

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service, selling more than 2.4 million tracks monthly, today announced that it is making podcasts and RSS feeds available to its subscribers. These new media delivery features will take eMusic's discovery process to a new level-complementing their industry-leading editorial content with unique "play anywhere" audio broadcasts, and offering users real time access to the latest tracks, music reviews, charts and news available on eMusic.

Over the next several weeks eMusic will release podcasts featuring eMusic Dozens, columns and music guides, culled and created by eMusic editors in every genre. In addition, eMusic introduces podcasts of their "Best Albums of 2005 (So Far)" infusing song clips with editor commentary. These on-demand podcasts will guide users through the year's best selections while allowing them the opportunity to sample and discover music in new ways. Among eMusic's celebrated roster of curators who will contribute exclusive podcasts are: editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad, an acclaimed author and editor; former New York Times pop music critic Ann Powers; Pulitzer Prize-winning Justin Davidson; renowned blues journalist Robert Gordon; post-punk and electronic guru Simon Reynolds; jazz scholar James Lincoln Collier; MTV News anchor Kurt Loder; Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore; and author, producer and musician Lenny Kaye.

By subscribing to an RSS feed through any of eMusic's unique channels for discovery -- "Browse," "Power Charts" or "New on eMusic" -- users can now be automatically informed about newly added tracks that match their individual preferences. As eMusic's diverse catalog is updated, tracks are continuously selected by a filtering process that uses highly customized refining criteria and then delivered to users via their favorite RSS feed reader.

"eMusic podcasts will bring to life the passion that our staff of writers feel for music," said David Pakman, CEO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing. "Incorporating RSS feeds extends our commitment to enhance the music discovery process by allowing our great human editorial guidance to be delivered to our members at their convenience, automatically."

To subscribe to eMusic's "Best of 2005" podcast, simply type the following URL (http://www.emusic.com/podcast/eMusicPodcast.xml) into your personal podcast aggregator. You can download a podcast aggregator, like iPodder, at http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/index.php.

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com/) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 2.4 million downloads each month, eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalog of 700,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. eMusic subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 downloads. A free trial is available to all new users. Based in New York and San Diego, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and eMusic.com is a trademark of eMusic.com Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
Andy Morris and Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466
andy@amc-pr.com / justin@amc-pr.com

CO: eMusic
ST: New York
IN: CPR STW CSE MUS ENT ECM
SU: PDT

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, or andy@amc-pr.com, or Justin
Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, or justin@amc-pr.com, both of Andy Morris and
Company for eMusic

Web site: http://www.emusic.com/
http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/index.php




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