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Switch browsers, and get a better shopping deal

January 24, 2006

It appears that eMusic is giving visitors to its site a different deal based on the user’s browser.

For example, if you visit the eMusic site with an Opera browser, you will get an offer for 25 free songs. While Internet Explorer (IE) users get an offer for 50 free songs and Firefox users get an offer for 90 songs for 99 cents (See screenshots below).

This is a first for me. I don’t recall ever seeing sites give different discounts depending on the browser you’re using.

Have we reached a new low with browser sniffing?

25 free songs to Opera users
25 free songs to Opera users

50 free songs to Internet Explorer (IE) users
50 free songs to Internet Explorer (IE) users

90 songs for 99 cents to Firefox users
90 songs for 99 cents to Firefox users

Update (1/25/06 9:34 AM): Based on the comments to this post, it appears that the particular deal you get is entirely random and not based on the browser you use. Read the comments for more info.

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  1. xErath
    January 24, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Those number seem to change every day. Currently I read:
    90 for Opera
    100 for Firefox
    75 for IE

  2. Anonymous
    January 24, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    I just got 75 w/opera

    Must be random. Not browser sniffing. Carry on.

  3. January 24, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Even after refreshing multiple times, I still get the same results as I mentioned in the post above.

  4. January 24, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve got you all beat- I just got offered 100 free songs using Opera 8.5 identifying as Opera.

    Perhaps the initial offer is randomized, but set with a cookie that lasts for a day.

  5. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 2:03 am

    Mmmmm, weird, I get 50 free song identifying as Opera

  6. January 25, 2006 at 2:04 am

    My result is:

    50 for Opera
    50 for FireFox
    25 for Internet Explorer

  7. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 2:06 am

    Mmm, I got

    50 for Opera
    50 for SeaMonkey
    100 for Internet Explorer

    Is there any kind of logic behind this?

  8. January 25, 2006 at 3:31 am

    I had 25 at home with Opera 9, and 75 at work with Opera 8.51
    I cannot see any logic behind this 🙂 But must be something else, not the browser…

  9. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 4:04 am

    The article you’re linking to is titled “eMusic favors Opera, hates Firefox”. Since the author cannot possibly conclude that from the screenshots you posted above, I think it’s highly unlikely that eMusic is basing its offers on the visitor’s browser.

  10. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 4:19 am

    (same Anonymous as post above)

    I managed to get a different offer by clearing eMusic and optimost’s cookies.

    Btw, it looks like the author of about.com’s article hasn’t researched the matter. And he is the one with a bias towards browsers and their users: “My best guess would be that they’re pulling for a greater market share from the browsers that use them the least, in which case I guess savvy Firefox users are being punished for using eMusic more than anyone else.”

  11. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 5:04 am

    It’s arbitrary.
    With cookies disabled and reloading the page I get from 25 to 100 free or 90 for 99ct, with firefox and opera.

  12. January 25, 2006 at 5:22 am

    Yet another cool myth…

  13. January 25, 2006 at 6:03 am


  14. January 25, 2006 at 7:16 am

    It seems to function completely random. I don’t think this is due to browser sniffing.

  15. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 7:51 am

    It appears to be random! Please correct/remove this post before ASA starts blogging that Opera users are liars, paranoids, etc.

  16. ec
    January 25, 2006 at 8:44 am

    I get
    25 with Mozilla,
    75 with Firefox,
    100 with IE, &
    100 with Opera

  17. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 9:30 am

    It appears random to me… but they ripped me off when I signed up.

    I went to emusic with Opera and saw the 40 song offer. Then I set my Opera to “Identify as IE” and hit refresh. I saw a 50 song offer. Each time I hit refresh I got a different offer.

    When the 100 free song offer came up I decided to give it a try. I gave them all of my info (including a credit card number) and then when I signed in what did I see? I had only 40 downloads available in my account.

    Somehow they did not record the fact that the offer that I clicked on was for 100 songs. So I downloaded 40 songs and cancelled my trial account.

  18. January 25, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Seems random to me too.

    I have also had the bait and switch with emusic. The offer was for 150 free downloads and when I signed up I was only given 40 downloads. What is the deal with that?!

  19. Anonymous
    January 25, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    100M Opera downloads, free tunes based on browser, the writer of this blog is a paranoid moron, full of crap. Think before you write dumbass.

  20. January 25, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    Anonymous above,

    Why don’t you have the guts to post with your real name?


  21. January 26, 2006 at 1:53 am

    Dani could do some research before posting everything he finds as sensational news. Too much tabloid journalism here recently.

  22. January 26, 2006 at 8:41 am


    In my defense, I did start of this post with “It appears that eMusic is giving…”. I wasn’t reporting it as a fact.

  23. January 27, 2006 at 11:35 am

    I’ve addresses the larger issue of web sites “discriminating” against Opera here.


  24. Anonymous
    January 28, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    25 + 50 + 99 = 165 songs for 99¢

    Useful Idea !
    (I can go for it…)

  25. Anonymous
    February 1, 2006 at 11:10 am

    emusic sucks anyway.

  26. February 2, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    I signed upto emusic a few months ago and think the service is great.

    It doesn’t tie you to any player, the tracks are DRM free, and they have more great music than I could possibly listen to in a year which is all I want!

    Anon, my guess is, that when you hit refresh until it was a 100 and then enabled your cookies, that the next page randomly assigned you a new figure and signed you up with that amount.

    I signed up with 50 tracks and was more than happy with that.

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