Downloading Music: Top Five Music Download Sites

Tue, Sep 14, 2010, by Emmie


Downloading music is booming at the moment. However, downloading music illegally is also common place, but piracy is being clamp downed on, so here are the top five legal music download sites.

In the future if you want to download music, everyone is going to have to do it legally. Currently, there are many music download sites that are illegal and if found to be downloading from these sites, you could have your Internet connection cut off.

The easiest way to download music is to do it legally and listed below are the top 5 legal music download sites.


iTunes is probably the easiest download site to use. All you have to do download the latest version to your computer. There is no streaming on iTunes, which is good. There are more than 11 million tracks to download, and these tracks are available from as little as £0.59.

iTunes offers a genius function as well, which will recommend music to you. The main advantage is that there are no monthly costs, and albums are available for as little as £4.99.

If you are into downloading your music, iTunes is one of the best, if not the best.

Amazon MP3:

Amazon, i would say, is probably the second best- only losing out to iTunes, but they are pretty hard to beat. Amazon are very similar to iTunes, but they do hold a major advantage over them, in that you do not need to download anything to your computer or software. Some people simply do not want added software on their computer, which is understandable considering all the viruses that one could get.

The catalogue that they have is also expansive with just over 10 million tracks- which is growing all the time. Again there is no monthly cost, and the cost per track is also lower than iTunes, in some cases. A single track will cost anything from 29p – £1.09. Albums are available from as little as £2.99.

Think they just come behind iTunes, but only because of their status. You can usually get many bargains on Amazon.


Again are very similar to Amazon. There is nothing to download in order to purchase downloads, and it is a very easy site to navigate. As well as downloading music, also sell Cd’s DVDs and games for very low prices- usually with free delivery as well.

Like the previous two, there is no monthly fee, and you can get a single track for 65p, and an album from £2.99. I don’t think their catalogue is as high as iTunes and Amazon, but still they are definitely a site to consider.


eMusic is different from the other three so far. They are a subscription option, and they do work out fairly cheap.

Package 1 is £9.99 per month. This is for 24 downloads. This works out just under £0.41 per one.

Package 2 is £13.99 per month. This is for 35 downloads. Again this works out around £0.39 per one.

Package 3 is £17.99 per month. This is for 50 downloads. This works out around £0.35 per one.

It seems like a pretty good deal to me. I think that if you purchase an album that has 10 tracks, they will count as 10, and not as one download. This is good if you download over 24 tracks a month, because then you will know that they have been paid for. One to look at i think.

Tesco Music:

Tesco have also started to allow customers to download music. Their catalogue is not a bad size, around 4 million tracks and counting. You will need to download their software, which may be a negative to some people.

There is no monthly cost on this service. A single track will cost you between 79p-89p. Albums are around £6.97. They do special deals as well, normally on the albums.

I hope you have found this list of top 5 music downloading sites useful.

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24 Comments For This Post
  1. melphens Says:

    informative post my friend. i like it!

  2. Jessie Will Says:

    Thanks for the information! My problem is that I don’t like to pay with my credit card online (and in general), so I find it difficult to download/buy anything via internet.. I buy it in music stores or listen on youtube in the old-fashioned way :)

  3. Saurav Banerjee Says:

    This is good news for all music lovers!

  4. Brewed Coffee Says:

    You are right, there is a need to stop piracy. These are good sites you’ve mentioned. Thanks for sharing, Emmie :-)

  5. bebarrs Says:

    nice.. thanks for sharing…

  6. flowerrose Says:

    Good stuff. I love music but in my country, it’s not easy to download on any site.

  7. jennifer eiffel01 Says:

    I’m like Jessie, I’m from the old generation, I don’t even have a machine in which to download it. My daughter hates music (the one living at home) my married daughter downloads it, but that is because she listens to it on a plane going to England every few months for work.

  8. jennifer eiffel01 Says:

    I forgot to tell you thank you for posting this, it makes interesting reading. I may be old, but I like to learn things, too!!

  9. Sharif Ishnin Says:

    Certainly a very useful update Emmie. Thanks.

  10. Jimmy Shilaho Says:

    Thank you for sharing these amazing sites.

  11. Ruby Hawk Says:

    I’m sure music lovers will take full advantage.

  12. pandabear Says:

    well written! informative also.


    Thanks at lt I know how to compare the price. This is great.

  14. Goodselfme Says:

    It is nice to have a smart friend who shares such wisdom with others. thank you.

  15. Anuradha Ramkumar Says:

    Gr8 compilation of sites. I have heard of iTunes only.

  16. TwiKnight Says:

    Great compilation, though I still prefer the old-fashion way of listening to music through radios. And Youtube. :D

  17. papaleng Says:

    pretty good sites. Share this one to my son.

  18. Michal Dorcak Says:

    Very useful article. I might visit some of those websites when I start looking for some track or album. Though, Tesco music made me laugh. Don’t ask why, please.

  19. CA Johnson Says:

    Thanks for the links. I have been to amazon, but I haven’t downloaded any music yet. I think I might do it though.

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