Online music store

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For a store that sells musical instruments and related sound equipment, see Music store; for a store that sells musical instruments online, see Online musical instrument storewikipedia
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Internet

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.
Most traditional communication media, including telephony, radio, television, paper mail and newspapers are reshaped, redefined, or even bypassed by the Internet, giving birth to new services such as email, Internet telephony, Internet television, online music, digital newspapers, and video streaming websites.

Comparison of on-demand music streaming services

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It may be differentiated from music streaming services in that the online music store sells the purchaser the actual digital music file, while streaming services offer the patron partial or full listening without the actually owning the source file.
Many of these sites have advertising and offer non-free options in the style of an online music store.

Ritmoteca.com

Ivan J. Parron
In 1998, Miami entrepreneur Ivan J. Parron founded and launched Ritmoteca.com as one of the early online music store business models.
Ritmoteca.com was an online music store and early pioneer in the online downloadable music space.

Napster

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The realization of the market for downloadable music grew widespread with the development of Napster, a music and file sharing service created by Shawn Fanning that made a major impact on the Internet scene during the year 2000.
In its second incarnation, Napster became an online music store until it was acquired by Rhapsody from Best Buy on December 1, 2011.

Napster (streaming music service)

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In its second incarnation Napster became an online music store until it was acquired by Rhapsody from Best Buy on December 1, 2011. Non-major label services like eMusic, Cductive and Listen.com (now Rhapsody) sold the music of independent labels and artists.
Napster, known as Rhapsody prior to June 14, 2016, is an online music store and subscription service based in Seattle, Washington.

PressPlay

Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment teamed up with a service called Duet, later renamed pressplay.
PressPlay (stylised pressplay ) was the name of an online music store that operated from December 2001 until March 2003.

EMusic

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Non-major label services like eMusic, Cductive and Listen.com (now Rhapsody) sold the music of independent labels and artists.
eMusic is an online music and audiobook store that operates by subscription.

Amazon Music

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Amazon launched its MP3 service for the US in September 2007, expanding it gradually to most countries where Amazon operates
Amazon Music (previously Amazon MP3) is a music streaming platform and online music store operated by Amazon.

Digital rights management

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Many online music stores, such as Apple's iTunes Store, and e-book publishers and vendors, such as OverDrive, also use DRM, as do cable and satellite service operators, to prevent unauthorized use of content or services.

Comparison of online music stores

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The following table lists online music stores that carry a selection of songs by many record labels and artists.

Music industry

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Among the many individuals and organizations that operate in the industry are: the songwriters and composers who create new songs and musical pieces; the singers, musicians, conductors and bandleaders who perform the music; the companies and professionals who create and sell recorded music and/or sheet music (e.g., music publishers, music producers, recording studios, engineers, record labels, retail and online music stores, performance rights organizations); and those that help organize and present live music performances (sound engineers, booking agents, promoters, music venues, road crew).

InMusic

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inMusic (formerly known as Sympatico/MSN Music) was a Canadian music news portal and an online music store.

Record shop

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On 3 April 2008, the iTunes Store surpassed Wal-Mart as the biggest music retailer in the United States, a milestone in the music industry as it was the first time in history that an online music retailer exceeded those of physical music formats (e.g., record shops selling CDs).

Online and offline

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

Sound recording and reproduction

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

Song

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

Classical music

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

Subscription business model

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An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

Audio file format

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It may be differentiated from music streaming services in that the online music store sells the purchaser the actual digital music file, while streaming services offer the patron partial or full listening without the actually owning the source file.

Podcast

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Some online music stores also sell recorded speech files, such as podcasts and video files of movies.

Film

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Some online music stores also sell recorded speech files, such as podcasts and video files of movies.

High fidelity

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The first free, high fidelity online music archive of downloadable songs on the Internet was the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) in 1993.

Internet Underground Music Archive

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The first free, high fidelity online music archive of downloadable songs on the Internet was the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) in 1993.

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IUMA was started by Rob Lord, Jeff Patterson and Jon Luini from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Music video

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It allowed visitors to visually search through a jukebox-style catalog of over 300,000 songs organized by albums, listen to a 30-second music clips (previews) or music video and purchase the MP3 format via downloading.