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Major-Label Artists Make Their Music Available for Sale in MP3 Through EMusic.com

Leading Seller of Legitimate Downloadable Music Adds New MP3 Albums by John Hiatt, Dan Hicks, Ricky Skaggs, Slash, Merle Haggard, Tiffany, and Southern Culture on the Skids

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- EMusic.com Inc., the Internet's leading seller of downloadable music, today announced that several new albums by recording artists formerly signed to major label contracts are now available for purchase and download from its site. EMusic's entire catalog of 130,000 downloadable songs are from established "signed" artists, quality-encoded in the popular and convenient MP3 format -- and inexpensively available by the individual track or album and through EMusic's unique new digital music subscription service.

"EMusic and our independent label partners provide the 'middle-class' artist with an economically-viable way to promote and distribute their music -- but one which allows them to retain the artistic freedom which is not always possible when working in the major label system," said Gene Hoffman, EMusic president and CEO. "We also give music fans an alternative solution for high-quality downloadable music -- but one which does not sacrifice convenience or low-cost."

    The new albums on EMusic include:

    -- John Hiatt's "Crossing Muddy Waters" (Vanguard/EMusic) -- this new
       collection of acoustic country blues from the acclaimed
       singer-songwriter has made a strong debut on Billboard's Blues and
       Internet Album charts.
       http://www.emusic.com/features/johnhiatt/
    -- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks' "Beatin' The Heat" (Surfdog) -- Dan Hicks
       returns after a long absence with solo gems and collaborations with
       Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits and Brian
       Setzer.
       http://www.emusic.com/albums/20299
    -- Ricky Skaggs & Friends' "Big Mon" (Skaggs Family Records) -- A tribute
       album to Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass music -- featuring
       performances by Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty, Joan
       Osbourne, Dwight Yoakam and many others.
       http://www.emusic.com/features/skaggs/
    -- Slash's Snakepit "Ain't Life Grand" (KOCH) -- A new offering from the
       Guns & Roses guitarist.
       http://www.emusic.com/albums/21569
    -- Merle Haggard's "If Only I Could Fly" (Epitaph) -- One of country's
       true uncompromising outlaws returns on a maverick label with a frank,
       often intimate collection of moments and attitudes.
       http://www.emusic.com/albums/20355/
    -- Tiffany's "The Color of Science" (Eureka) -- The once chart-topping
       teen pop star is now a full-rocking woman.  After a decade-long break,
       she returns with a new album of her own original material, including a
       hot new rock single featuring rapper Krayzie Bone.
       http://www.emusic.com/features/tiffany/
    -- Southern Culture on the Skids' "Liquored Up & Lacquered Down"
       (TVT/EMusic) -- Available October 31, this is the first new album of
       "Halter-Top Pop" from the North Carolina good-time roots-rock band
       since leaving Geffen Records.  "King of the Mountain," a free MP3
       single from the upcoming set is available now at
       http://www.emusic.com/albums/19570

'EMusic Unlimited' Digital Music Subscription Service

Designed for the avid music fan, EMusic Unlimited allows its members to download as much music as they desire from EMusic's digital collection of over 130,000 MP3s for one low monthly price. For as little as $9.99 a month -- less than the price of one new CD -- members can get high-bandwidth access to quality-encoded MP3 music from established artists. This downloadable music alternative also makes sure that musicians and labels are financially compensated for their work.

About EMusic.com

www.EMusic.com is a Web site for sampling and purchasing music in the MP3 format, which has become the standard in the digital distribution of music. Through direct relationships with leading artists and exclusive licensing agreements with over 600 independent record labels, EMusic.com offers an expanding collection of over 130,000 tracks for purchase -- individual tracks for 99 cents each or entire downloadable albums for $8.99. The site also offers "EMusic Unlimited," a revolutionary new music discovery service that allows fans to download as much music as they desire for as little as $9.99 a month.

EMusic.com features top artists in all musical genres, such as Alternative (They Might Be Giants, Bush, Violent Femmes, Tom Waits), Punk (Green Day, Pennywise, Rancid, NOFX), Jazz (Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Concord Records), Blues (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Buddy Guy), Electronic (DJ Spooky, Sasha & Digweed), Hip Hop (Kool Keith, Blackalicious, The Coup), Country (Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline), Rock (Phish, Elvis Costello, Goo Goo Dolls), World (Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Lee 'Scratch' Perry) and Popular Vocalists (Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, Judy Garland).

Since it was founded in January 1998, EMusic has established itself at the forefront of how music will be discovered, delivered and enjoyed in the next decade. In addition to having the Internet's largest catalog of downloadable MP3 music available for purchase, EMusic operates one of the most popular families of music-oriented Web sites -- including RollingStone.com, EMusic.com, DownBeat.com and IUMA. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.

NOTE: EMUSIC is a registered trademark and EMUSIC.COM is a trademark of EMusic.com Inc.

Any forward-looking statements contained in this release involve a number of uncertainties, risks and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements to materially differ. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, those set forth in the Company's S.E.C. reports

SOURCE: EMusic.com Inc.




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