Where to purchase MP3s?
September 6, 2004 (Updated April 7, 2005)
| || | I'm looking for some information
about online sites that sell MP3s. It seems eMusic
is the only place where you can buy MP3s and use them as you like; however, the selection is not very good for newer, more popular music. Can you recommend some sites?
| | Unfortunately, eMusic is one
of the relatively few online music stores that offers its music in MP3. A lot of major labels and even some independent ones are scared away by the lack of restrictions on their songs. Both Napster
and Apple iTunes Music Store
have a robust selection of popular music, albeit also laden with usage rules. Given the veteran format's uber-compatibility, there's good reason to seek out MP3s, legally. In addition to eMusic, we recommend Audio Lunchbox
(good indie stuff), Bleep
(electronic leanings), and CNET's own Music.download.com
. To find out which stores are compatible with your MP3 player, see our compatibility chart
is a senior editor for MP3 and digital audio. He has written more than 400 product reviews covering a broad range of technology.