Even though they should have been in closed betas for months to iron everything out, inevitably big web platform redesigns take some time to bed in. So I didn’t rush to judgement on the latest (the most radical in over a decade) redesign of venerable mp3 download site emusic. But its been up a couple of months now, and surely time to share some thoughts.
THE GOOD You can search by record label My music is an improvement on previous versions of databases that tracked what you’d downloaded. Wish list and my emusic sync – ie downloaded takes it off one and adds it to the other Removal of emusic downloader, the new ‘in-browser’ downloading is more reliable. Does look a bit fresher visually
THE BAD The removal of almost every functionality from the site bar searching and downloading. No reliable list of new releases recommended for you – as the global new release list always includes mucho dross this is essential. No syncing of downloads with itunes Can’t comment on albums in your lists
NOT YET TRIED any of the apps (tend to use the site just to download from) Daily download