Here are seven great places – more or less internationally available – to buy and download Swing music.
First, you get the list by alphabetical order, then we’ll give you a recommendation in which order you should check the different places.
Amazon MP3 started in September 2007 as Public Beta with 2 million songs. Nowadays, they have a huge catalogue of millions of DRM free songs.
Bandcamp is a platform for artists to sell their digital music. Many different formats (like FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC, Ogg Vorbis etc.) available. The artists define a minimum price but you also can pay more.
CD Baby is the largest online distributor of independent music.When you buy music from CD Baby, you’re buying directly from the artist. They started with CDs, meanwhile also MP3 downloads are available (every artist chooses the distribution form and price).
eMusic was one of the first digital music retailers to sell DRM-free music in the MP3 format beginning in 1998. They operate with a subscription-based pricing. You can find a lot of tunes from sold-out CDs. The MP3 catalogue is vast, but it varies from country to country.
Google play is another big player in the music download market.
iTunes, Apple’s media store, was first launched on April 28, 2003 and changed the game of purchasing music. They started with just 200’000 songs. Nowadays one of the largest retailer of digital music, especially because of the link between iTunes the music player and iTunes Store.
Jazz On Line is an amazing source for Jazz, taken from original 78 rpm recordings and ripped to mp3. The full catalog is available for free. Currently (September 2012), there are more than 35’000 tracks available. There are big differences in the sound quality though. The website was founded back in 2001 by Michel Essevaz-Roulet.
Spotify is based in Sweden. The newest generation of music platforms. Playlists, sharing, mobile music, artist radio, library function, etc. They are expanding quickly and are available in many countries in Europe, in the U.S. and in Australia! Spotify comes in three versions: free, unlimited and premium. The latter allows to listen to the music offline.
What is your favorite service? In which order do you buy your music? Please share your thoughts.
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