eMusic Losing Key Independent Labels Such as Beggars, Merge and Domino

by RouteBot on November 17, 2010

eMusic is getting ready to add 250,000 songs from Universal Music Group’s catalogue, however they are losing out on the independents. eMusic are about to launch a major overhaul to its subscription pricing scheme and this hasn’t made a lot of leading independent record labels happy.

eMusic subscribers were notified by e-mail Tuesday that they have two days remaining to purchase music from several independent record labels that are about to stop doing business with eMusic. Those labels include Domino, Merge, and the Beggars Group of labels, which includes 4AD and Matador Records.

Losing those labels means that there will be no Arcade Fire, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, and Yo La Tengo.

“This is as heartbreaking to us as it is to you,” the company’s email stated. “Please know we have done everything we could to keep them from leaving.” The email includes a large button encouraging recipients to “Add Your Voice” by signing a sort of online petition advising the labels that their music is wanted back on the service.

eMusic thought they needed to change their strategy, as they haven’t grown their 400,000 user base since 2007.

Do you think this was the right move for eMusic?

Disclosure: eMusic is a partner of RouteNote.

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