Anyone remember that awful iTunes ad featuring U2’s self-confessed saviour to the whole universe, Bono? Awful. I don’t know about you but anything featuring that uber-smug face clad in expensive designer sunglasses puts me right off my dinner.
Luckily, a world away from the major label nonsense of iTunes, there’s a musical haven called eMusic, where small animals frolic, music changes hands unrestricted by nasty DRM and it’s all in that overly friendly MP3 format.
I’ve been putting it through its musical paces for the past month now and as long as you’re not looking for any mega famous superstars and have a penchant for independent labels, it’s going to be the perfect tool for emptying your wallet.
The 1.8m tracks might fall way behind iTunes but it’s a pretty good selection to be going on with and thanks to the lack of DRM, you can do with it what you wish (within the eyes of the law of course).
The hip-hop selection is particularly extensive – I’ve expanded my Aesop Rock collection and added Danger Doom’s The Mouse and the Mask to my ever-growing MP3 library this week, while my ‘save for later’ list is far out weighing the number of downloads I have left from my subscription.
Now, I just hope none of you bought one of those special U2 edition iPods or I’ve just alienated a bunch of my readers. Hang on, what am I saying? Of course you didn’t buy one, nobody did.