eMusic becomes once again an indie MP3 subscription service

The┬ádream of the 90s is alive at eMusic: The music subscription pioneer is going back to its roots and severing its ties with all three major labels to only offer indie music for download, according to a New York Times report. eMusic launched as an unlimited MP3 download service for indie music back in 1998, but eventually replaced its all-you-can-eat plan with a variety of tiers and added music from major labels in 2009. eMusic currently offers plans starting at $12 for 24 MP3s a month, which sounded like a great deal until… Spotify.

Letters to the DOJ: Public speaks out on e-book pricing case

As the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple and five big publishers for allegedly colluding to fix e-book prices moves forward, the public has the chance to respond. Here are some of the most interesting letters sent to the DOJ so far.

Music wars heat up — but is free really the future?

As music services Mog and Rdio take up defensive positions by launching new free-to-listen services, it may look like streaming is the future. But retailers like eMusic are fighting back by arguing that purchasing songs remains as relevant as ever.

Hey Spotify, Why Don’t You Buy eMusic?

Facing slow growth, eMusic and its owner JDS Capital Management are reportedly looking to sell to someone like Best Buy or Rhapsody (aka RealNetworks). But we think buying the company might be a good way for Spotify to get into the U.S.