About Digital Music

Download

Download services provide tracks, albums, and videos for purchase via a computer, mobile phone or tablet connected to the internet. Some services work directly with other devices, such as a set-top box connected to your television, or a Sony PlayStation 3.

Mobile

Mobile services provide tracks, albums, videos, ringtones and ringback tunes to be acquired and stored on your mobile phone. This category also includes mobile applications or 'apps' that work in conjunction with other, complementary online services on an internet-connected PC, giving you the best of both worlds.

Free with Ads

Some music services are free to use and enjoy, with revenue generated by advertisers rather than music customers — these are commonly referred to as 'Ad-Supported'.

Subscription

If you're a subscription customer, you'll pay a fee, usually monthly, for an online or mobile service that allows you to stream or download a certain number of tracks per month.

Cloud

Cloud music services allow you to store your music collection and access it no matter where you are on a wide variety of devices, including computers, MP3 players, smartphones, set-top boxes and video game consoles. iTunes, Google and Amazon all offer cloud storage facilities via their music service.

Social Media

Social media services allow you to recommend music and playlists to friends and family, sometimes offering you a financial reward for sharing content. Blackberry Music, Rara, Spotify and Last FM are just some of the services that allow you to share music.