eMusic, the independent digital music reseller that ranks second behind Apple’s iTunes Store in terms of distribution size, introduced Tuesday a new ”
boutique music space.”
eMusic offers users access to its catalog of more than 3 million tracks from over 27,000 independent record labels. While the service employs a “subscription” model, offering users access to a fixed number of downloads per month, all of the songs are available in unencrypted MP3 format, so they can be played using any digital music player or portable device, including the iPod and iPhone.
The new feature promotes unsigned or underrepresented artists that eMusic thinks are particularly worthy of note. Subscribers will be able to download a free song, and the artists featured in the new space will agree to provide music exclusively to eMusic for 60 days.
The new spot, eMusic Selects, debuts on Tuesday with Ann Arbor, Mich.’s Breath Owl Breathe and Brooklyn, NY’s High Places.