eMusic launches free software download manager

Nate sez, "I've been a fan of eMusic's DRM-free tunes for some time, but I'm really impressed with their launch of a new download manager called 'eMusic Remote' for their store. It's all open-source, built on a core of Firefox to integrate the eMusic web store. Not only is it open-source, but it's been released for been launched for Linux, Windows and OSX all at the same time. It works as a standalone and it also integrates with iTunes, which solves the problem of having to maintain a separate library for your new downloads. Incidentally, the lead coder on the project was a guy by the name of Mel Reyes who wrote a book called 'Hacking Firefox: More than 150 Hacks & Mods' and a author of about a dozen add-ons for Firefox." Link (Thanks, Nate!)



  1. I used this for the first time last night and I loved it! The integration with itunes is really slick. All I have to do is click one button to get a track downloaded and into my itunes library. I was worried about eMusic when I heard about the Amazon mp3 store, but eMusic’s still cheaper and this new download manager is a nice way to stay competitive.

  2. yeah and they snuck in an update on the main download links which looks like it fixes a few of the 1.0 issues, still can’t auto-update yet though, either way good stuff.

  3. eMusic was the bomb back when they offered unlimited downloads. It was the first (and only) business model that actually cut into my Napster downloads. Unfortunately, their new limited model just doesn’t provide enough bang for the buck.

  4. eMusic may offer a good service. Or it may not. And as long as it has that horrible website that forces me to sign up before I can browse the store, I don’t care one way or the other. I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say that eMusic could probably double its customers just by eliminating that horrible lockout welcome page.

  5. @Banky Edwards: Yeah, $0.29/song just ain’t worth it. There are so many better options out there!

    [rolls eyes]

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