Music Download Review

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Why Music Download Services?

Do you love jazz or does country music get you kicking? Are you a classical connoisseur or does rap rock your world? Whatever your taste, music download services have just what you're looking for.

With music download services, you can find millions of titles, covering almost any genre you can imagine at prices that won't break the bank. And as far as finding the right music fast, top music download services allow you to search for tunes by artist, song title or album.

Want to listen to a song before you buy it? No problem. With music download services, you can "preview" all or part of a song (depending on the service) to make sure it's the song, version or mix you want.

The best music download services also offer an integrated music player so downloading, organizing and playing your new tunes is a snap. And if you own a portable digital music device like an MP3 player or iPod, music download services let you download convenient mobile music for working out, hanging out or for whenever you're on the move.

On this site, you'll find informative articles on digital music downloads, recent news stories and comprehensive reviews to help you make an informed decision on which music download service is right for you.

At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™

What to Look for in a Music Download Service

You need a music download service with a large, diversified music selection, easy to use search tools, tons of extra features and helpful technical support. Here are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate Music Download services:

MP3 Music Selection
Music download services should offer a wide variety of music genres and artists for preview and download.

Search Capabilities
Music download services should make finding music easy and should allow searches by song title, artist, album or genre.

Feature Set
Downloaded music should be of high quality and made accessible to all MP3 players. Top music download services do not restrict track playback with DRM. Music download services should also provide features beyond basic music downloads. We looked for services that provided useful perks, like an integrated music player, a playlist organizer and secure downloads.

Download/Setup Process
The service should make it easy to download and setup the program on your home computer. We also looked at how easy their music download process was and the pricing involved.

Help/Support
Good support is key when using a music download service. Music Download Services should have support built into their website as FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or knowledge bases for quick reference. The services support staff should be friendly, patient and knowledgeable.

It doesn't matter if you're just starting your digital musical library or are looking to broaden your bulging collection—with music download services, you can find the perfect music that will move you today, tomorrow and always.

Check out our top choice for music downloads and why we think it's the best: iTunes music store.

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Ratings
9.63
9.38
8.95
7.33
6.63
5.75
5.45
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8
7
6
5
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3
2
1
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10.00
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8.75
10.00
10.00
10.00
7.50
10.00
8.75
10.00
10.00
7.50
7.50
7.50
6.25
7.50
3.75
10.00
5.00
10.00
7.50
5.00
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5.00
5.00
2.50
3.75
7.50
6.25
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Payment Options
Average Price-per Song $.99 $.89/ $.99 $.99 79 points ($.98) varies varies Free
Subscription    $12.99 $14.99    $19.90
To Go Program    $14.99 $14.99    
Music Download Titles
Music Titles Available 8 million 6 million 5 million 5 million 1.3 million   1 million
Copy Song to CD
Song Preview
Free Tracks   
   
Music Download Features
Album/Artist Information
  
Playlist/Organizer
 
   
Search for Existing Music Files
 
   
Full-length Previews   
    
All DRM-free Tracks
  
Some DRM-free Tracks    
  
Standard MP3 Bitrate 256 256 256 320 192 varies  
Subscription Bitrate (DRM)    192 192 192   192
Radio
 
   
Music Videos
 
   
Movies
     
Television Shows
 
   
Audiobooks
      
Podcasts
 
   
Search Capabilities
Genre/Category
Artist
 
Song/Track
 
Album
 
Music Download File Formats
.mp3
 
.aac
      
.wma   
 
  
.rax   
    
.zpl    
   
Mp3 payment methods
Credit/Debit Card
 
Paypal
      
Points    
 
Support/Documentation
Phone/Fax Support    
   
Manual
  
FAQ
 
eMail/Online Forms
 
 
Supported Configurations
Vista
XP
2000  
 
 
Macintosh
   
Linux  
   
* Where available features were evaluated based on the service?s individual download prices and features, not subscription based services.