Music Shopping

Top Sites

1

Convenient for Apple users

Apple iTunes Store

Convenient for Apple users

2

Convenient for Amazon Prime members

Amazon MP3

Convenient for Amazon Prime members

3

Subscription-based downloadable content. Owned by TriPlay

eMusic

Subscription-based downloadable content. Owned by TriPlay

4

High-quality MP3s

7digital

High-quality MP3s

  Advice  

If you're someone who prefers buying music over purchasing a streaming subscription, there are plenty of places to do so. Buying songs can be preferable because you can play them anytime you want without relying on an internet connection. You don't have to worry about a streaming service shutting down or glitching. Album and song sales also count toward charting, so buying music supports the artist. Determine your budget and your preferred format (digital copies vs. physical copies). If sound quality is important to you, take that into consideration as well. Some stores provide more variety and have larger catalogs, so check these if you're looking for music from lesser-known artists. Consider purchasing music from a local independent shop to support the business owners.

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More Websites
(Listed alphabetically)

Bandcamp

Directly supports artists

Beatport

Electronic dance and house music. Owned by LiveStyle

Bleep

Independent online music store. Owned by Warp Records

Boomkat

Independent online record store

Costco

Membership warehouse club providing the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise

Google Play

Convenient for Google users

HDTracks

High-resolution music in 24-bit FLAC format

Juno Download

Independent dance music store

Sam's Club

A membership-only retail warehouse club offering wholesale prices for top brands & quality products

Walmart

Buy in-store or online

* Footnote:

Amazon
• The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5% of purchases to your favorite charity, and all you need to do is start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com.
• Amazon frequently introduces their own products to compete directly with their long-time suppliers. They often pay no federal income taxes (e.g., 2017, 2018).
• Amazon is being investigated on antitrust issues by the US Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General & House Subcommittee on Antitrust.