How to download a song

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Music logoThe process of downloading a song over the Internet depends on the website or application you use to download the song. Each website, like Amazon.com, or application, like iTunes, uses its own utility and process for downloading a song. To proceed, select the service from which you would like to download music, and then follow the instructions.

How to download from Amazon.com

The Amazon.com website offers two options for downloading a song:

  • Download to computer - download a song to the user's computer through the use of a download utility, which is installed on the computer.
  • Upload to Amazon Cloud account - uploads a song to the user's Amazon Cloud account, where the song can be accessed from any computer.

With either option, you need to purchase the song first, then download to their computer or upload to their cloud account. Instructions for each option are provided on the Amazon.com website after the purchase has been completed.

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How to download an iTunes song

iTunes logoThrough the iTunes Store, a user can download a song to their computer or upload a song to their Apple iCloud account. If a song is downloaded to their computer, it can then be added to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. If a song is uploaded to an iCloud account, it can be accessed from any Apple device that connects to the iCloud account, including devices of friends and family.

Once the song purchase has been completed, instructions for downloading or uploading are provided in the iTunes Store.

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How to download Google Play Music

Any user who has a Google account (anyone with a Gmail address) can download music or save their own collection to a service called Google Play Music. Once a song is uploaded or purchased, it can be accessed on any advice that is capable of running Google's services. These devices include desktop computers, laptop computers, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

Once you've signed in to Google Play Music, there will be instructions on how to add songs you own, as well as how to purchase and download new music.

How to download a SoundCloud song

SoundCloud LogoFor users who are looking for new, original works from today's aspiring artists, SoundCloud offers a free solution. Sign up for an account, and you'll be able to stream and download from people all around the world.

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How to download audio and music from other services

There are numerous other websites where songs can be downloaded or listened to through streaming audio. Some of these websites may offer applications that can be downloaded to your computer that allow the user to perform these functions.

Instructions on how to listen to and download music from these websites and applications should be provided either on the website or in the application. Follow the on-screen instructions that are provided.

Caution: Some websites and downloadable songs may include viruses or malware in the music files. It is best to download music from reputable, well-known sources to minimize the chance of your computer becoming infected.

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