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Online Music Store Comparison

Compare music stores by price, quality and restrictions (incl. DRM).

"I want to buy songs online. I hate DRM and proprietary file formats. Where should I shop for my music?"

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Online
Music
Store
Song
Catalog
(millions)
Min.
Price/
Song
Min.
Price/
Album
Geographic
Restrictions
Operating
System
Restrictions
Digital
Restrictions
File
Format
Min.
Bitrate
(kbps)
Max.
Bitrate
(kbps)
Remarks
Amazon MP3
2.0
0.89
5.99
USA
None
None
MP3
256
256
-
Audio Lunchbox
2.0
0.99
0.00
USA
None
None
MP3
192
192
-
BuyMusic
1.0
0.79
9.99
USA
Windows
DRM
WMA
128
192
-
Itunes
6.0
0.99
9.99
USA+23
Countries
Win/Mac
DRM (Partial)
AAC
128
256
2M Songs
DRM Free
MP3 Fiesta
1.0
0.10
0.00
None
None
None
MP3
192
320
-
PayPlay.FM
1.5
0.88
0.00
None
None
DRM (Partial)
MP3
192
192
Offers WMA
With DRM
PureTracks
1.3
0.99
9.99
USA/
Canada
Windows
DRM
WMA
128
128
-
Rhapsody
3.0
0.99
0.00
USA
Windows
DRM
WMA
128
192
-
Walmart Music
1.5
0.88
0.00
USA
Windows
DRM
WMA
128
128
MP3 Also
Available
Zune Marketplace
3.0
0.99
0.00
USA
Windows
DRM
WMA
192
192
-

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Why I Hate DRM and Proprietary File Formats (Rant)

DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) Schemes:
Media Companies Who Use DRM Schemes:
Proprietary (Closed) File Formats:
External Resources:
Sources:
Translations:
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