It’s been a long time since I’ve mentioned them, so I figured today would be a great day to talk about emusic.com again.

I found these guys by chance about a year ago, and I couldn’t be happier.  Well, yeah, I could be happier, but not in ways emusic can help with.

Seriously, if you’re like me, you’ve got an unexplainable distaste for iTunes.  I think partly I just don’t like the popularity of iPods and iTunes, but mostly it’s the fact that it’s all proprietary technology.  This past month or so, I’ve been helping an unusually high number of people put MP3s onto their MP3 players, and I’ve run into the “Oh, thanks, iTunes, for using a format no one else supports!” problem every time.

So with my dissatisfaction with iTunes growing by the day, it’s a good thing emusic.com is out there.  In case you haven’t heard of them, they’re a great alternative to iTunes for most MP3s you’d want to download.  They don’t have everything.  They’re especially slim when it comes to mainstream popular music, but you don’t want that anyway. What they’re really good for is the rarer indie stuff.

The MP3s are all DRM-free, unlimited use and transfers, unlike iTunes, and, with one of their subscription plans, you can pay as little as 30 cents a song.

But wait!  There’s more!  Click here to get 50 free MP3 downloads just for trying the service.  And when you’ve downloaded your 50 songs, you can either continue with them at $10 a month for 30 downloads or just cancel your account and you won’t be charged a thing.  I did it and it really does work that easily!

When you sign up, they’ll try to get you to download their software but you can click that you don’t want to download it if you’re paranoid like me.  The only disadvantage is that you’ll have to download MP3s one at a time instead of whole albums at once.

Another cool promotional thing they’re doing is that if you sign up and decide to keep your subscription with them, you can sign your friends up for subscriptions (and 50 free MP3s) and get 50 free downloads of your own when they join, which is why I want you to sign up.

I haven’t gotten any spam from them yet, and I’ve been using them for almost a year, so be sure to sign up!

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