eMusic launches Android app

Brian Heater
B. Heater|04.23.12

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eMusic launches Android app

It may not have all the glitz of a Spotify or an Rdio, but eMusic is the one of the OGs of the online music game, serving up MP3s to internet citizens since the late-90s. The site today is celebrating the launch of an Android app, which brings curated radio stations, music recommendations, playlist mixes and downloads (with a subscription) to the Googley mobile OS. The app, which was created in conjunction with the folks at music discovery app, We Are Hunted, is available for devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher. More information can be found in the press release after the break.

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eMusic Android App Combines Advanced Player and Discovery Experience

Today, download-and-discovery service eMusic released an Android app that combines the eMusic membership experience with an advanced music player creating a unique way to discover, collect and listen to music on a mobile device.
The app includes features that are part of the core eMusic discovery experience – curated radio stations, recommendations, editorial features and reviews. Users can also re-discover songs within their existing music collection through new features, like Mixes.
This unique experience, combined with an intuitive player, is now available to all US Android users for free. The app is optimized for Android v2.3.3 or newer with at least 1GHz and 576MB RAM.
"We've combined the eMusic editorial DNA with data gleaned from the eMusic member community, along with an advanced player, to create a sophisticated mobile music discovery experience," said Adam Klein, President and CEO of eMusic. "It's a great app for true music collectors – the more music you have and listen to, the better it gets."

Mixes – Users can re-discover music they already own by automatically creating a unique mix from their own collection. Control mood, tempo and tracks played, to inject a bit of automated creativity into a stale playlist.

eMusic Radio – Dozens of curated radio programs based on emerging artists, local music scenes, and more, are available to be streamed through the app. Programs are curated by eMusic's top-notch editorial staff and music writers. (Available for US eMusic Members only.)

Recommendations – Based on listening behavior on the device, recommendations for new music can be viewed by in a various contexts, from Under Played to Recently Added, or by straight up eMusic Picks.

eMusic Charts – Access eMusic's charts from within the app to see what's trending for eMusic's community of serious music fans.
New + Noteworthy – A daily feed of new releases available on eMusic. Users can check out our editor's picks of the top albums to learn about, sample and download.

Features + Reviews – Access eMusic's editorial features, including original album reviews and artist interviews, for all songs and albums on the user's device.

eMusic developed this app with Members in mind, who tend to be early adopters and have high levels of Android engagement. Currently available in the US, eMusic plans to offer this Android app in the EU and Canada. The company also has future plans for developing on iOS.
eMusic Members can download music through the app as part of their monthly subscription. Members can also review their library, view their eMusic Downloads history, and access their Saved Music, which is synched with their "Save for Later" files on the eMusic web experience. Music that is downloaded through the app by Members will be recognized on eMusic.com, feeding into the recommendations and overall personalized discovery experience on the site.
This Android App was created in partnership with discovery app experts, Hunted Media, who are the creators of popular Indie site We Are Hunted. Leveraging their technology and design expertise, eMusic was able to create a more sophisticated mobile experience for Android users.

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