Music download store eMusic has relaunched with new social networking tools and third-party content from YouTube, Flickr and Wikipedia.
Users searching for albums will now be able to see videos, pictures and read information on that artist from within the relevant eMusic page. Through the redesign, users can also bookmark or tag eMusic album pages using 18 popular social sites, including Facebook, Digg, Del.icio.us, Twitter and Stumble Upon.
Among the other changes to the site, eMusic’s search widget has also been improved to highlight more relevant information about an artist. This includes existing eMusic content such as reviews and interviews as well as user recommendations.
“Blogs and recommendations from friends are now more relevant in music discovery than what music critics have to say, but what’s missing is a place that brings that all together,” says eMusic president and CEO David Pakman. “This is the first of six months of dramatic product improvements which we believe will set the bar for the way “long tail” retailers — and indeed all entertainment retailers — must function online.
The changes are the first in a number of planned improvements to the eMusic site. The download store claims that each month until the end of the year it will roll out new features including a new home page.
eMusic is a subscription-based music download service, that lets users pay a fixed rate to download either 30, 50 or 75 DRM-free tracks per month. The site claims to be the second largest digital music store after iTunes, and offers 4m tracks from 33,000 independent labels.