Recently, eMusic surpassed the 100 million songs downloaded milestone. eMusic’s songs are DRM-free, unlike iTunes.
According to Axehole, “Tech bloggers are freaking out about the news.”
Axehole says these bloggers “need a reality check,” then goes on to explain why it would be a mistake to bet on DRM-free music.
- Most music fans don’t care about DRM
- eMusic doesn’t really sell songs, they sell subscriptions.
- Labels aren’t going to get rich from eMusic.
- eMusic’s sales are less than 1% Apple’s.
- eMusic’s traffic has flatlined over the last year
- Musicians aren’t going to get rich at eMusic, either.
For a well-constructed counter argument, see Humminbird Mentality.