eMusic has announced that it will now offer all Sony Music tracks that are more than two years old, including artists such as Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, on their subscription service. eMusic is one of the worlds largest online music retailers, aimed primarily at adults who are fans of music from independent labels.
Traditionally, the major labels have been skeptical about putting their content on eMusic because of their subscription plan model, as well as the fact that the music does not have any restrictions against copying. However, recently iTunes also started selling music in an unprotected format. According to an executive at Sony Music, the company was interested in seeing multiple models in the online music market. So long as the Sony deal ends up being successful, it could serve as a catalyst to the other major labels to sign on with eMusic.
Source: NY Times