Hybrid subscription and download digital music service eMusic has passed the 250,000 subscriber mark only four months after passing the 200,00 mark. Its launch across 27 European countries has obviously been a success with music fans taking to the MP3-driven service, which specialises in the farther reaches of the musical spectrum, with the occasional foray into the mainstream.

Its 100 million downloads puts it very distant second to iTunes but the combination of subs and downloads puts it in a healthy position.