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
(million)
Geographic
restrictions
Purchase platform FLAC ALAC WAV AIFF AAC MP3 WMA Vorbis DRM Preview (seconds) Stream
purchases
7digital 27[1] Yes
[2]
Web, Android 24-bit No No No 320 kbps 320 kbps No No No 30-60 Yes
Acoustic Sounds ? Yes Web 24-bit No No No No No No No No 30 No
Amazon Music 20[3] Yes Web, Android[4] No No No No No 256 kbps No No No 30 Yes
Bandcamp 18.1 No Web 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit Yes Yes No Yes No Full Yes
Beatport 7.8 Yes
[5]
Web No No 16-bit 16-bit No 320 kbps No No No 120 Paid service
Bleep.com ? No Web 16-bit No 24-bit No No 320 kbps No No No Full Yes
Classical Archives 0.62 Yes Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No No 60 No
eMusic 17[6] Yes
[7]
Web[8] No No No No No 320 kbps No No No 30
[8]
?
HDtracks ? Yes
US
[9]
Web 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit No No No No No 30 ?
iTunes Store 43[10] Yes
[11]
Windows, macOS
iOS, tvOS
No No No No 256 kbps No No No No
(previously FairPlay)
90
[12]
iTunes in the Cloud, Library also accessible via Apple Music (subscription)
Jamendo 0.21 No Web No No No No No Yes No Yes No Full ?
Juno Download ? Yes
[13]
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 ?
MAQAM 0.01 No Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No No 45 ?
mora 4.4 Yes
Japan
Web 24-bit No No No 320 kbps No No No No 30 ?
NoiseTrade ? No Web No No No No No 320 kbps No No No Full ?
ProStudioMasters ? Yes Web 24-bit No No 24-bit No No No No No 30 No
Qobuz 28[14] Yes Web, Android, iOS
Kindle, Windows 8[15]
24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 24-bit 320 kbps 320 kbps 320 kbps No No 30-60 Yes
Supraphononline 4.3 No Web 16+24-bit No No No No 320 kbps No No No 30+30 ?
Tidal 40[16] Yes Web 16-bit No No No No 320 kbps No No No 30 No
Store Tracks
(million)
Geographic
restrictions
Purchase platform FLAC ALAC WAV AIFF AAC MP3 WMA Vorbis DRM Preview (seconds) Streaming
available

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.[17]

Puretracks operated an online music store, but discontinued it in 2013.[18]

Pono Music closed in July 2016.[19]

GhostTunes closed on March 3, 2017.[20]

Microsoft Store removed music sales from its store on December 31, 2017.[21]

BuyMusic was a digital branch of Buy.com, launched around 2003, was later merged into the music section of Buy.com, and then shut down a few years later.[22]

Technics Tracks closed on June 30, 2018.

Onkyo Music, a reseller of 7digital's services, closed worldwide on October 6, 2019.[23]

CD Baby closed its retail store on March 31, 2020.[24]

Google Play began to shutdown its Music store in September 2020.[25]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "7digital".
  2. ^ "Music Start-Up Page". Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. 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. ^ "About eMusic". May 2011.
  7. ^ "eMusic.com Terms of Use". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Emusic Technical Help". Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  9. ^ "HDtracks high resolution audiophile music downloads". Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  10. ^ "Apple - iTunes - iTunes Match". Apple. Retrieved 2015-07-18. ...there are more than 43 million songs in the iTunes Store...
  11. ^ "Apple PR". Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  12. ^ "iTunes Music Store". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
  13. ^ "Release of Tim Hecker's 'Instrumental Tourist' as of 20 Nov 2012 (restriction information not detailed in generally available information)". Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Qobuz Subscriptions". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  15. ^ "Qobuz About Us". Qobuz.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  16. ^ "How Much Music Is Available In TIDAL?". Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Walmart Music Downloads Questions". Archived from the original on 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  18. ^ "Has Canada's answer to iTunes gone silent?". Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  19. ^ "Pono is dead. Probably. Long live Xstream". www.cnet.com. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  20. ^ "GARTH BROOKS IS OFFICIALLY CLOSING GHOSTTUNES". 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  21. ^ "Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify". 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  22. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/business/2003/08/07/the-taglines-for-apples-itun/7b136151-71aa-41c6-ad7e-d8d9ebfb2a51/
  23. ^ "Say Good-bye to Onkyo Music". 2019-09-16. Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  24. ^ "What you should know about the retirement of the CD Baby store, and thank you". Retrieved 2020-10-07.
  25. ^ "YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by end of 2020". 2020-08-04. Retrieved 2020-10-07.