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done with emusic – or trying to be

I knew that nothing good would come of emusic’s plan changes. I mean, dumping all your favourite indie labels and replacing them with mainstream crud; how’s that working out for you, yeah?

Just to show you how things have changed, here’s a list of the most recent artists I’d downloaded pre-plan changes. The ones in red are ones you can’t get any more:

  • Barry Louis Polisar
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Boards Of Canada — only one album available
  • Dum Dum Girls
  • Eels
  • Elizabeth Cotten
  • Elsinore
  • Euros Childs
  • Forest City Lovers
  • Frontier Ruckus
  • Gonja Sufi
  • Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
  • Hold Your Horses!
  • Macy Gray
  • Michael Hurley
  • Mount Eerie
  • Pocahaunted
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
  • Sun Kil Moon
  • The Delgados
  • The Moldy Peaches
  • The Tallest Man On Earth
  • The Turtles
  • The Whitlams
  • Will Powers

And here was me on a major Delgados kick, and they’re gone.

So cancelled my plan on the weekend, and got this:

Yep, if you’re on an annual plan, you’ve got to sit it out. They don’t offer refunds. So now I have to remember to go in every thirty days for the next nine months to find something – anything! – to download. It’s extremely shabby that emusic are holding over $100 of my balance to ransom. I guess they’re just trying to fit in with the mainstream music industry …

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Here’s a quick dump of the artists I used to be able to download:

3PUEN
Adam Hurt
Ah Holly Faml’y
Aidan Moffat + The Best Ofs
Akron/Family
Alasdair Roberts
Alela Diane
Alela Diane featuring Alina Hardin
Alexi Murdoch
Angels of Light and Akron/Family
Animal Collective
Apollo Sunshine
Arab Strap
Arthur Russell
audioVille
Barry Louis Polisar
Basia Bulat
Beirut
Belle and Sebastian
Bellowhead
Beulah
Bill Evans & Megan Lynch
Billy Connolly
Black Mountain
Boards Of Canada
Bob Log III
Bon Iver
Bonnie Russell and the Russell Family
Brain Donor
Brett Dennen
Calvin, Don’t Jump
Camera Obscura
Caribou
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Cat Power
Chad VanGaalen
Chocolate USA
Cocteau Twins
Colleen
Colleen Et Les Boîtes À Musique
Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Crooked Still
Currituck Co.
Dananananaykroyd
Daniel Johnston
Danny Barnes
Dark Meat
David Bazan
Deford Bailey
Dengue Fever
Deva Premal
Deva Premal and Miten
DM Stith
Doc Watson
Dressy Bessy
Dum Dum Girls
Eels
Elf Power
Elizabeth Cotten
Ellen McIlwaine
Elsinore
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
Emma Pollock
Erin McKeown
Euros Childs
Feist
Folk Uke
Forest City Lovers
Frank Fairfield
Frightened Rabbit
Frontier Ruckus
Funkadelic
Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams
George Smith
Germans
Gonja Sufi
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Grinderman
Grouper
Hold Your Horses!
Holy Modal Rounders
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Jah Wobble
James Blackshaw
James Hill
Jay Reatard
Jeff Mangum
Jens Lekman
Jim White
Jimmy Shand
Joanna Newsom
John Coltrane
John Fahey
John Hiatt
Josephine Foster
Julian Fauth
Julian Koster
Justin Rutledge
Jónsi
Kaada
Karen Dalton
Kilby Snow
Klum
Kongar-ol Ondar And Paul Pena
Konono No.1
Laura Barrett
Laura Bradley
Les Claypool
Lori McKenna
M. Ward
M.I.A. (XL)
Macy Gray
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Malcolm Middleton
Manu Dibango
Mariee Sioux
Marissa Nadler
Marmoset
Michael Hurley
Mimi & Richard Farina
Mogwai
Mojave 3
Mount Eerie
Mugison
Nellie McKay
Neutral Milk Hotel
New York Dolls
Nic Jones
of Montreal
Okkervil River
Old Man Luedecke
Orriel Smith
Otha Turner
Otis Taylor
Panda Bear
Pearls Before Swine
Pedro The Lion
Pete Seeger
Peter Stampfel
Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t
Pocahaunted
Pocket
Porn Sword Tobacco
Porter Wagoner
R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
Rev. Gary Davis
Sam Hinton
Sandro Perri
Seasick Steve
Secret Machines
She & Him
Shooglenifty
Sigur Ros
Silver Apples
Sinkane
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Sons of the Never Wrong
Sophie Madeleine
St. Vincent
Staff Benda Bilili
Stan Rogers
Steeleye Span
Steve Weber
Stew
Still Flyin’
Suckers
Sun Kil Moon
Surf City
The Antlers
The Be Good Tanyas
The Bees
The Besnard Lakes
The Bulgarian Voices – Angelite feat. HUUN-HUUR-TU, Sergey Starostin & Mikhail Alperin
The Coal Porters
The Corin Tucker Band
The Decemberists
The Delgados
The Fall
The Felice Brothers
The Gerbils
The Groanbox Boys
The Hidden Cameras
The High Water Marks
The Icicles
The Kinks
The Ladybug Transistor
The Magnetic Fields
The Mammals
The Minders
The Moldy Peaches
The Negro Problem
The New Pornographers
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Real Tuesday Weld
The Ruby Suns
The Sons Of The Pioneers
The Superions
The Tallest Man On Earth
The Turtles
The Twilight Sad
The Unicorns
The Veils
The Whitlams
Thelonious Monk
They Might Be Giants
Thom Yorke
Tommy Jarrell, Oscar Jenkins and Fred Cockerham
Truckstop Honeymoon
Tune-Yards
Tunng
twi the humble feather
Vakoka
Vampire Weekend
Various Artists
Various Artists – County Records
Vetiver
Was (Not Was)
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Wee Hairy Beasties
White Denim
Will Powers
Wooden Shjips
Yo La Tengo
Zumm Zumm

This is totally off topic to your post, I know, but I just HAD to come in to say “cheers” to you, for publishing that smashing butter tablet recipe on-line. When the whole family turn into porkers, I will give you full credit for it! I’ve just sampled the first batch, and it’s brought me right back to my Scottish childhood, where “Auld Broonie” used to make and sell it over the counter. So thanks, I’m much delighted.

i just canceled. I’ve been a member since 2005. Seems most of the membership base has left–I can’t imagine how they’ll survive. If they want to compete with Amazon, well, they’ll need to retain a competitive pricing system. And provide better quality downloads.

By the way, they always stated that annual plans could be canceled in advance for a refund in the past. You should be grandfathered into the old agreement since you were a member then. If I were you, I’d check your inbox for any emails that you received from eMusic during that time. I would also contact customer support. I can’t imagine you’re the only one with this problem right now.

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