SOURCE: eMusic

November 10, 2006 09:31 ET

eMusic CEO Available for Comment on Zune Launch

#2 Digital Music Site Is Only Other Zune-Compatible Service

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 10, 2006 --

Who: David Pakman, President and CEO of eMusic (, the world's second-largest digital music service and the largest retailer of independent music.

Why: eMusic sells all downloads in the universally-compatible MP3 format and is the only site, apart from Zune Marketplace, with downloads that are compatible with Microsoft's Zune player. eMusic currently has a #2 market share for digital music downloads behind iTunes (NPD Group).

What: Pakman can discuss:

--  How the Zune "ecosystem" perpetuates the major record labels' existing
    DRM policies and principally benefits Microsoft at the consumer's expense
--  Zune's prospects for success based on Microsoft's track record
--  Zune's potential effect on the market for digital music, including
    other significant players such as Napster and Rhapsody
--  eMusic's new efforts to market its service to Zune player customers

Background: Pakman has more than 15 years experience in the music and technology sector, and is a vocal advocate for the MP3 format and interoperability. Pakman helped form the Apple Music Group, launched the Macintosh Music Network, led business development at N2K Entertainment, and co-founded the pioneering digital music locker company Myplay, Inc. (both acquired by Bertelsmann) before joining Dimensional Associates, the parent company of eMusic.

Availability: Pakman is available by appointment on November 10, 13 and 14.

eMusic: eMusic offers a global catalogue of more than 1.8 million tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's leading independent labels. Created by music experts for music fans, eMusic is a subscription-based service that allows members to download and own tracks for as little as 25 cents, substantially less than other services. Based in New York with an office in London, Inc. is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

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