eMusic Makeover Starts Rolling; Album Pages First

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eMusic is now rolling the first in a series of site changes, part of a broader reach outside of its borders.  Last week, the company outlined an agenda that included the integration of YouTube videos, Wikipedia bios, and outside commentary, as well as the creation of exportable widgets.  Other aspects of the plan are inside the fence, including the introduction of a revamped, highly visual navigation.

The focal point for the first-wave change is the album page, a highly-trafficked component of the eMusic site.  Alongside album information and tracklistings, the album page now includes related content from Wikipedia, Flickr, and YouTube.

In turn, eMusic content can now be exported into networked environments like Facebook, Digg, del.icio.us, Twitter, and StumbleUpon.  “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,” said eMusic chief David Pakman.

Over the next few months, eMusic is planning to overhaul its home page, introduce more sophisticated recommendation and search tools, and reshape artist and audiobook pages.