Comparison of online music stores

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Current retailers[edit]

The following table lists online music stores that carry a selection of songs by many record labels and artists.

Store Tracks (M) Geographic
restrictions
Purchase
Platform
FLAC ALAC WAV AIFF AAC MP3 WMA Vorbis DRM Purchase identifier Preview (s) Trial
7digital 27
[1]
yes
[2]
Web, Android 24-bit No No No 320 kbps 320 kbps No No no ? 30-60 No
Amazon Music 20 [3] yes Web,
Android[4]
No No No No No 256 kbps No No no Yes 30 No
Bandcamp 18.1 no Web 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit Yes Yes No Yes no ? Full No
Beatport 7.8 yes
[5]
Web No No 16-bit 16-bit No 320 kbps No No no ? 120 No
Bleep.com ? no Web 16-bit No 24-bit No No 320 kbps No No no ? Full No
CD Baby 3
[6]
? Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 30 No
Classical Archives 0.62 yes Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 60 Yes
eMusic 17
[7]
yes
[8]
Web[9] No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 30
[9]
Yes
Google Play Music 40
[10]
Yes
[11]
Web
Android
iOS
No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 90
[12]
No
HDtracks ? yes
US[13]
Web 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit No No No No no ? 30 No
iTunes Store 43
[14]
yes
[15]
Windows
OS X
iOS
No No No No 256 kbps No No No no / FairPlay Yes [16] 90
[17]
No
Jamendo 0.21 no Web No No No No No Yes No Yes no ? Full No
Juno Download ? Yes [18] Web 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit 16-bit No 320 kbps No No no ? 60 No
Magnatune 0.01 no Web Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes no ? Full Yes
MAQAM 0.01 no Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 45 No
mora 4.4 Yes
Japan
Web 24-bit No No No 320 kbps No No No no ? 30 No
Nimbit 1 no Web Yes No Yes No No 320 kbps No No no ? Full + Custom Yes
NoiseTrade ? no Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? Full Free
Qobuz 28[19] yes Web, Android, iOS, Kindle, Windows 8[20] 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 320 kbps 320 kbps 320 kbps No no ? 30-60 Yes[19]
Supraphononline ? no Web 16+24-bit No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 30+30 No
Tidal 40
[21]
yes Web 16-bit No No No No 320 kbps No No no ? 30 No
Store Tracks (M) Geographic
restrictions
Purchase
Platform
FLAC ALAC WAV AIFF AAC MP3 WMA Vorbis DRM Purchase Identifier Preview (s) Trial

Defunct retailers[edit]

MSN Music closed on November 14, 2006. Its DRM servers were originally scheduled to shutdown August 31, 2008, but they later relented and committed to keeping the DRM servers active through the end of 2011.

Yahoo! Music Unlimited ceased operating on September 30, 2008. Users' purchases were transferred to Rhapsody.

Wal-Mart Stores operated an online music store, but discontinued it in 2011.[22]

Puretracks operated an online music store, but discontinued it in 2013.[23]

GhostTunes closed on March 3, 2017.[24]

Microsoft Store removed music sales from its store on December 31, 2017.[25]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "7digital".
  2. ^ "Music Start-Up Page". Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  3. ^ "Amazon.com: Digital Music".
  4. ^ "MP3 Music Downloads: Install the Amazon MP3 Downloader". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  5. ^ "Restricted tracks at Beatport". Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  6. ^ "CDBaby.com About Page". Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  7. ^ "About eMusic". May 2011.
  8. ^ "eMusic.com Terms of Use". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Emusic Technical Help". Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  10. ^ Gordon, Scott (23 February 2017). "Google Play Music version 7.4 adds "recents" option, song count now stands at 40 million". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Country availability for apps & digital content". Support.google.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  12. ^ "Previewing music — Android Market Help". Support.google.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  13. ^ "HDtracks high resolution audiophile music downloads". Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  14. ^ "Apple - iTunes - iTunes Match". Apple. Retrieved 2015-07-18. ...there are more than 43 million songs in the iTunes Store...
  15. ^ "Apple PR". Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  16. ^ "Mediainfo Metadata iTunes m4a audio file" (photo image). Imgur. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  17. ^ "iTunes Music Store". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  18. ^ "Release of Tim Hecker's 'Instrumental Tourist' as of 20 Nov 2012 (restriction information not detailed in generally available information)".
  19. ^ a b "Qobuz Subscriptions". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  20. ^ "Qobuz About Us". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  21. ^ "How Much Music Is Available In TIDAL?". Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Walmart Music Downloads Questions". Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  23. ^ "Has Canada's answer to iTunes gone silent?". Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  24. ^ "GARTH BROOKS IS OFFICIALLY CLOSING GHOSTTUNES". 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  25. ^ "Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify". 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2018-06-30.