Thursday Thirteen: blatant eMusic promotion edition As I recently noted elsewhere on this blog, eMusic's special offer of 50 free mp3 downloads just for trying the service expires at the end of May. So as an added incentive to pursuade music lovers to try this wonderful service, and to meet my self-imposed weekly Thursday Thirteen obligations, I offer you:Thirteen reasons music lovers should check out eMusic before May 31
After you get your 50 free tunes, you get 40 downloads a month for just $9.99. That's 25 cents a song. What a great value.
Everyone loves an underdog, right? Entertainment Weekly lists eMusic as the No. 2 music website (right behind iYou-know-what). EW calls eMusic an "underappreciated, expertly curated MP3 store" that "is the music geek's alternative to iTunes. ... eMusic sells tunes only from independent labels, which means you won't find most current pop hits here. But spend some time sifting through its 1.2 million tracks — including new stuff from Neko Case and Spoon and classics by Johnny Cash and Otis Redding — and you won't care."
Fantastic oldies collections. The Stax Records Sampler features artists like Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd and Booker T. and the MGs. And the Sun Essentials collection of early Sun recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison is, well, essential.