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There are two types of music downloading services online. You can either buy tracks or subscribe to services to access full tracks online. Some do both.

Introducing Walmart.com

It’s a simple service that allows you to purchase songs to download. They offer music downloads at 88 cents per file and allow you to choose from more than 800,000 songs. You can also choose up to 20 tracks, and they will burn them to CD. The CD is then shipped to you.

This is the only one of the four services that allows you to view and buy music from their catalog. Internet Explorer is all you need.

Itunes.com is the Grand Dad of Revolution

Itunes, which is owned by Apple, was instrumental in the emergence of the music downloading service industry. Itunes was the first to allow you to legally pay 99 cents per track.

Their music library includes more than 2,000,000+ songs. This is more than any other service. You can see that they offer more than just music downloads Fakaza.

Their service has one drawback. You have to install the player, which was at last count over 34MB. Walmart.com, on the other hand, allows you to browse and buy music directly from Internet Explorer. 

Napster: From pirate to megastar

Napster gives you unlimited access and unlimited listening to over 1,500,000 songs. Over 50 radio stations are available that are both commercial-free and interactive. Easy-to-use sharing features allow you to share songs with other Napster users.

Napster allows you to burn your tracks to CD so you can listen wherever you are. Napster gives you a free 7-day trial of their subscription service.

Rhapsody is Real’s music juggernaut 

Real owns Rhapsody. Rhapsody gives you unlimited access to more than 1,500,000+ songs, complete music jukebox software that allows you to manage all your collection, and over 80 ad free radio stations. You can also create and share playlists, which is a common feature on most online music services. You can also view music videos and photos of your favorite bands.

Rhapsody offers a 14-day free trial of Rhapsody Unlimited. Rhapsody Unlimited is a free service that allows you to listen to hours of music each month, even if you don’t have a credit card. You can also download music from the RealPlayer Music Store. There are over 1,000,000 songs available for purchase.

Which service is best for you? Each one is worth a shot. You can listen to short clips before you buy, and subscription services offer free trials. You can’t lose.