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Monday, December 22 12:01 EST

Reviews: Digital Music Stores: BuyMusic

By Brian Briggs

iTunes Music Store - Napster - Musicmatch
Rhapsody
- Wal Mart - BuyMusic - EMusic

BuyMusicWhat does BuyMusic offer?
Buymusic.com sell songs through their website.

How much does it cost?
Songs range from $.79 to $1.14 each. Album pricing varies starting at $7.95. No subscription required.

What rights do I have with the songs?
Rights for each song vary, and range from near-unlimited to very few rights.

What about selection?
Buymusic claims to have over 327,000 songs in their library. Of the artists I searched for Buymusic did not have purchasable songs from Green Day.

Files Types Available: Songs downloaded were protected .wma files ripped at 128k.

What I did?
I downloaded two songs from the service prices and rights listed below.

Songs bought from BuyMusic:

Barenaked Ladies – Who Needs Sleep $.99

“With this download you have permission to: download to 1 computer and transfer to 2 additional computers, transfer to an unlimited number of portable devices, and make 3 cd burns.”

Coldplay – Clocks $1.09
“ With this download you have permission to: download to 1 computer, transfer to 3 portable devices, and make 3 cd burns.”

General observations: The different rights you are given vary by song which makes it very confusing to keep licenses straight. Has an integrated Windows Media Player for listening to sample tracks. BuyMusic has cheaper albums and singles than some of the other services. Required the download of a helper application to download the songs. The wma songs downloaded could be played on Musicmatch and Windows Media Player. Searches did not show songs not available on the service.

Problems encountered: When I started downloading the songs, a dialog box popped-up requesting that I download an .exe program. This was a bit disconcerting, but it was just a helper application for downloading the songs. Also, the site only works with Internet Explorer.

Who would choose BuyMusic?
Someone looking for a chance to buy cheaper songs than the other services. Someone who just wants to purchase music from a website and not through a player.

Who does not want to use BuyMusic?
Someone who wants one price for all their songs. Someone who wants the same rights for all their songs. Someone who doesn’t want to use Internet Explorer. Someone who wants streaming audio or radio stations.

Store Location: BuyMusic.com

Screenshots:

Store Home
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