eMusic, the online music “club” that offers members discounts on tracks in exchange for a monthly subscription fee, has struck a deal with a fourth major music label to add tracks to its catalogue. eMusic says its members can now access more than 15,000 albums from EMI.
This is the fourth deal with a major label eMusic has reached over the last year-and-a-half; it signed a deal with Universal Music Group in January and had reached deals with Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) in late 2009 and early 2010, respectively.
The deal is part of eMusic’s ongoing effort to remake its service. While it was initially focused primarily on independent music, eMusic has sought to widen that selection by reaching deals with all of the major labels. That has angered independent labels and prompted some of them to pull their albums last fall, saying eMusic had changed the terms of their deals with the company.
As for the specific terms of the EMI arrangement, only the label’s catalogue of albums 12 months or older will be available to eMusic’s members. That’s similar to the deals EMI had reached with the other big labels.