Online music store
The term online music store describes a website or online service that lets you browse through and buy music from many genres and artists. Most online music stores allow the customer to listen to samples of songs, and buy both single songs or full albums. Some are subscription services, and others offer one-time purchases. Audio streaming services may also be available for a small subscription fee.
Considered as the first online music store, the Internet Underground Music Archive was started in 1993, allowing users to download individual songs. In 1998, Ritmoteca.com was launched, allowing users to search through over 300,000 songs using a catalog with a jukebox style interface. Users could then buy any song for $.99 or a full album for $9.99. Since then, many online music store websites have launched, some focusing on only music and others offering other media and entertainment products. Well-known services include Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon, and the iTunes store. Unlike file sharing through the use of peer-to-peer networks and other methods, obtaining a copyrighted song from an online music store is entirely legal.
After making a purchase, you can download the complete song in MP3 or other formats. You can then burn them to a CD, transfer them to an MP3 player, or stream them from the cloud.