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How do I download and listen to music from eMusic?

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017 03:33PM EDT

No downloading necessary! With your collection stored in your free eMusic library, you can access, manage and play all your music on up to 10 devices!  eMusic offers players for Mac, PC, Android and iOS that automatically sync with your eMusic cloud account, so you have access to your music whenever and wherever you want.  

If you're still interested in downloading new purchases, past purchases, or music you've uploaded to your My Music cloud library, please note that we've done away with the buggy eMusic Download Manager.  Now you can simply download your music straight to your downloads folder using your web browser.  

Note: If using the eMusic mobile app, you can also choose to "download to device" for offline listening.

How to Download Tracks and Albums (Web):

Albums and individual tracks can be downloaded immediately following purchase, or they can be downloaded from your My Music library.

Upon purchasing an album or a track, you will be given the option to "download now", or going to your "My Music" library, where you can start streaming the album/track immediately.

If you want to download an album or track from your My Music library, simply look for the album download option.  

Note: Albums are download in a .zip file that contains all the tracks within the album.

If you want to download an individual track, select the 3-dot option menu and click "download track."

Note: Individual tracks purchased are download as a 320KB .MP3.

Managing and Playing Your Downloaded Music:


If you’d still like to download and add your purchases to an alternate media player, like iTunes or Windows Media Player, you can simply download your albums and tracks from eMusic, and then move them from your downloads folder to the folder or player of your choice.

iTunes - Mac:
Download music and albums from eMusic to your PC Downloads folder.
2. Open iTunes, then open your Downloads folder, and simply drag and drop folders or individual tracks into your iTunes library page. There's no need to "unzip" album files -- you can drag them into your iTunes library too.

iTunes - PC:

1. Download music and albums from eMusic to your PC Downloads folder.
2. Move new album and track files from Downloads folder to the folder of your choice.
3. Unzip album files: right-click on the zip file and select “extract all…” from the drop-down menu.
4. Open iTunes, then open the folder containing your new music, and simply drag and drop albums and/or individual tracks into your iTunes library page.

Windows Media Player example:

To add music files to your Windows Media Player library, open your PC Downloads folder and select the music file(s) you would like to add, and then right-click. Select "Add to Windows Media Player list". The files should then appear in your Windows Media Player playlist.

We understand users with large collections may also need a solution to synchronize their music between devices and their My Music cloud library. This includes bulk uploading of large collections, recovery of lost music, and automatically synchronizing new purchases with a dedicated PC, player or server. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, we've got you covered. We're currently developing a two-way sync agent to serve collectors with more advanced music management needs.

Stay tuned to the eMusic Blog for all the latest news on new product development and releases


nzipping Album Files:

Albums are download as .zip files because many new albums now include extra features like digital booklets. A ZIP file is a collection of one or more files and/or folders compressed into a single file that enables us to deliver tracks as well as feature materials all together -- for easier downloading and music file management. 

Most all Mac and Windows computers, starting with Windows XP and later, are able to handle ZIP files without the need for any extra software. If you need to "unzip" a zipped album file, right-click on the zip file and select “extract all…” from the drop-down menu. You can select "Browse" to pick a location for the unzipped file or you can go with the default location. 

If you have an older version of Windows, and need an application to "unzip" album files, we recommend  Winzip

Changing download folder location:

Chrome (recommended browser)

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under the "Downloads" section, adjust your download settings: To change the default download location, click Change and select where you'd like your files to be saved.
Microsoft Edge
  1. Click on the main menu icon (three dots) in Microsoft Edge's interface, and select the settings option from the context menu that opens.
  2. Scroll down until you find the advanced settings section. Click on the view advanced settings button.
  3. Locate downloads on the next page. Microsoft Edge lists the current location that downloaded files are saved in (the full path). Click on change, and select a new folder on the local computer to change the location.

Internet Explorer
  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the menu icon, and select View Downloads from the context menu that opens. Alternatively, use the shortcut Ctrl-J to open Downloads directly.
  2. When the download window opens, select the options link at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. This opens the download options screen which allows you to set a new default download location and configure download notifications.

  1. Click the menu Image in the top right corner of the browser.
  2. Click Preferences.
  3. Click General.
  4. Click Choose... next to "Save files to" and select a location.

  1. Open Safari, click on "Safari" menu and select "Preferences."
  2. Go to the General tab and look for "file download location" and click on options menu.
  3. Select "other," then browse and indicate your new download location.
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