First and foremost, I really love eMusic. I’ve had a subscription to the site for over two years. At connoisseur level, that means over 2400 tracks downloaded from the site. Roughly 240 albums. Good times. Some of the highlights include discovering The National, expanding my Keith Jarrett collection and dipping my toe into whatever kind of music I was interested in week-to-week for the past 2 years.
But, that said, I’ve decided to cancel my membership to the site. This post reminds me of breaking up with a girlfriend. Trying to show reason and logic you let them down gently using phrases like “but the magic has gone” or “can’t you see it too?”.
I love you eMusic. I also hate you. Our relationship has soured and it’s time to break up.
Reason Number 1Ok, in true love/hate style I actually really love the usability of your download application. It runs like a wet dream – vaguely pleasurable and doesn’t take up any of your time (waking time at least – I actually had a dream about the emusic downloader once. But that’s another story…). BUT. Oh, the humanity of the usability of your website. Since I
Like a website with alzheimer’s emusic is trying to put HTML in the toaster and code using a wholemeal loaf.
Reason Number 2
Ok, I’ll admit it. I hold my hands up. Guilty as charged your honour – reason number 2 is the same as reason number 1. It just really annoys me when not only is the site riddled with “pages not found” but emusic keeps telling me to visit them.
Oops indeed. Guess where that link goes (hint: see reason number 1 above). I actually really want to read that list! If only your website could find it for me…
Reason Number 3
Consider the following scenario, I’m browsing the emusic site looking for my next favourite album to download and I follow one of the many links to a list created by a fellow emusic user: my emusic dozen x2 by that caring soul rednano74.
Drinking in the musical gems contained within the list I stumble across Bon Iver and I eagerly click through – I think I might just like Bon Iver! Only to be greeted with a new error message.
It’s not you emusic, it’s me. Actually no. Fuck it. It’s you, very much you.
Take a look at the above error message: “We’re sorry. This album is unavailable for download in your country (United Kingdom) at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”. Sure, that error message might sound convincing but that dirty harlot emusic has been cheating on me behind my back. Compare these two pages, the first one linked to from the user list, the second found via the search function:
You do this again and again emusic you cheating whimsical harlot. (Yes, I’m sure there are ‘reasons’ that you need to do this probably because it’s released on different labels in the UK and US or something but why do I care as a user? Give the page a single URL dammit.)
So, in conclusion I think we should take a break emusic. You even have a handy function on the site which lets me do exactly that. It’s got nothing to do with spotify, even though we flirt a lot we’re just friends, I hope you can see that (spotify can’t keep me warm in the middle of the night like you can my dear). Here’s hoping that after I’ve spent some time away from you (and slept with a lot of other music download sites like 7digital and boomkat) things will have changed and I’ll come back to you but until that time, so long emusic and thanks for all the fish.