Your music selection is all that matters when it comes to finding your favorite songs. Digital music is here and will continue to be so. It closed the gap in 2011 and is poised overtake physical music sales by Hilton Music Center. It’s now easier than ever before to find what you are looking for with the numerous music stores online.
5. Zune Marketplace
Microsoft Zune Marketplace – The online music store for Microsoft Zune. It boasts a huge music selection, with all of the top 100 songs on the billboard. This selection is comparable to those found in larger online music sites. All songs are also compatible with multiple platforms. This includes the Zune music players, your computer as well Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows Phone.
Zune Marketplace’s drawbacks have prevented it from achieving a higher place on this list. These include the large number DRM (Digital Rights Management) files, the use of Windows Media Player, as well as the music file format. Zune compatibility is limited by the presence of WMA file. Other music players are not affected.
Rhapsody is an old online music store. You will also find many music files. Their music collection is more than 5,000,000. All of this music is available to subscribers. They are not all free to own. The files can be used by all music players. Rhapsody recently launched an mp3-store, which allows the direct purchase of songs.
Rhapsody’s decline on this list can be attributed to two things: they don’t support other digital media types and their campaign doesn’t seem as aggressive as other online stores.
Amazon is the global leader in electronic music commerce. The collection contains more than 6,000,000 songs. They are not subject to DRM regulation. All content purchased directly from them can be used for any purpose.
Amazon’s ranking is lower due to its age. Although they are relatively new to the online world of music, their immense experience in ecommerce may soon see them rise.
Napster was regarded as the first large scale online music repository. Their repository was illegal due to peer-to–peer share. Napster, now an online music shop, has legitimized the service. It has over 7,000,000 songs stored in its library, which is DRM-free.
Napster continues to climb the charts. The software might gain more market share with just a little more support.
iTunes is the Best Music Store Selection. They offer the largest music collection, with more than 8 million DRMless songs. They hold more than 80% market share, and they are solidly in first. They have the largest range of digital media.
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