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12/19/2005

 
eMusic Amasses One-Million Track Catalogue

Exclusive Live Version of the Pixies' 'Here Comes Your Man' Is the One Millionth Track

The Pixies' Frank Black Sold the First Ever Legal MP3 (on eMusic); Now, He Helps the Pioneering Download Service Celebrate an Independent Music Milestone

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the number one independent music service, today announced the addition of the millionth track to its catalogue. The track is a live version of the Pixies' classic "Here Comes Your Man," off of their forthcoming digital-only album entitled "Hey," and will be exclusively on eMusic until January. The significance of this digital music milestone is amplified by the fact that the first MP3s to be legally sold on the Internet were on eMusic in 1998 by Frank Black and the Catholics, whose frontman, Frank Black, was also a founding member of the Pixies. Those two MP3s, "All My Ghosts" and "King and Queen of Siam," were the first in eMusic's catalogue, which is now the largest collection of independent music in the world.

To celebrate the addition of the millionth track, eMusic has launched Pixies Week-a week celebrating the famed independent band and tracing the history of their music from their formation in 1986 through today. For Pixies Week, eMusic will post a new "Review of the Day" exploring a new Pixies title each day of the week; and its "New and Noteworthy" homepage will be loaded with the music of the Pixies and Frank Black.

Since its original inception in 1998, eMusic has claimed the number one position among independent music services-and today, it is second only to iTunes among all music services, selling more than four million downloads monthly. eMusic has consistently led the industry in features designed to enhance the consumer experience-compatibility, channels to discover great music and consumer ease-of-use, while striking groundbreaking content deals with leading independent labels across all genres.

* Innovation in Compatibility
eMusic's commitment to compatibility is rooted in the fact that it was
the first digital music service to deliver music in the universally
compatible MP3 format. It remains the only major service to offer its
entire catalogue in MP3s-without digital rights management (DRM), which
limits consumer usage and listening behavior. eMusic's flexibility
allows its subscribers unlimited CD burning along with the ability to
transfer MP3s to multiple computers and multiple devices. MP3s are the
most popular and versatile digital file format and play on virtually all
digital audio players-including Apple Computer(R)'s iPod(R), along with,
literally, hundreds of devices, including mobile phones, home stereos,
PDAs, car stereos, DVD players, televisions and even cameras.

* Innovation in Discovery
eMusic's commitment to pioneering innovative ways for users to discover
music is one of its most unique features distinguishing it from other
music services. With a team of award-winning music curators and critics
producing a magazine with fresh, insightful editorial content updated
daily, industry-leading search tools and a passionate community of music
lovers consistently engaging in the eMusic community, subscribers are
equipped with a set of unrivaled human and technological navigational
tools to help guide them through the greatest independent music
catalogue ever assembled.

* Innovation in Ease-of-use
eMusic's success is underscored by a commitment to ease-of-use. To
facilitate music discovery, eMusic has created the most powerful search
and browse function of any music service. Subscribers can search for
specific artists, albums, labels and song titles. In addition,
subscribers can browse by genre, style, region, era, most-downloaded
albums, live shows and much more. In addition, eMusic uses
sophisticated personalization technology developed by ChoiceStream, to
enable users to easily find other users who share their tastes and
interests in music.

* Unparalleled Breadth of Content
eMusic's matchless scope of independent content stems from its
commitment to embrace the work of artists unwilling to compromise the
integrity of their music just to meet the tastes of major labels
interested only in producing a top-40 hit. Partnering with thousands of
independent labels across all genres from has led eMusic to become the
number one destination for consumers of independent music and music
aficionados alike. From jazz, blues and hip-hop to classical, reggae
and pop, eMusic's collection of music is unparalleled.

"No other online digital music service has one-million iPod-compatible MP3s," 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. "Along with indie music luminaries like Frank Black and the Pixies, eMusic has pioneered the music space since the beginning of the digital revolution. Our catalog is the largest, most important, and most well-curated collection of independent music in the world. We're honored to have the Pixies deliver our millionth track as we continue to innovate how digital music is discovered and enjoyed."

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 4 million downloads each month; eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalogue of 1,000,000 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. 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.

Media Contacts
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466
andy.morris@morris-king.com
justin.kazmark@morris-king.com

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, andy.morris@morris-king.com, or
Justin Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, justin.kazmark@morris-king.com, both of The
Morris + King Company for eMusic

Web site: http://www.emusic.com/




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