iTunes Music Store competitor
has announced that it’s signed a slate of new labels and label aggregators.
eMusic claims to be the world’s largest digital retailer of indie music and the second largest digital music retailer behind the iTunes Music Store. Unlike the iTunes Music Store, eMusic makes files available in MP3 format, so they’re unencumbered with Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. You can play them back on iPods and other digital music players. That also means that eMusic isn’t supported by major commercial music labels, but the service is home to more than 4,000 independent labels and houses more than one million songs.
The new labels represented by eMusic include V2 Music, which publishes the White Stripes, The Raconteurs (another band featuring Jack White from the White Stripes) and Moby, among others; indie classical labels such as Albany Records and LSO Live, the home label for the London Symphony Orchestra; SPV, known for metal acts like Motorhead and Saxon; and others.
New label aggregators on eMusic include German companies Music Mail and MTunes and Spain’s La Cupula and Portal Latino.