How to download music

Downloads are an increasingly popular way for music fans to buy albums and singles, with digital sales increasing by over 25% in 2011 alone.

There are numerous sites and services that allow you legally – and safely – download music, with Apple’s iTunes Store being the best known. However, unless you use an Apple device like the iPhone, iPad or iPhone, you will need to look at a different service.
Amazon’s MP3 Store is a good place to start your search. Not only can music bought from Amazon be played on Apple devices, but it can also be used on most other MP3 players. Here is how to find and buy music on Amazon’s service.
You’ll need:
  • a computer with access to the internet, ideally through a broadband connection
  • an active Amazon account.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to download music
Step 1: Open your internet browser and type into the address bar.
Step 2: At the top of Amazon’s homepage you will see a large search bar with a drop down menu to the left of it labelled ‘All Departments’.
Amazon search bar
Click on the drop down and select MP3 Downloads. Next, type the name of the band, artist, album or single name into the search box. Click GO or hit enter on your keyboard.
Step 3: A new webpage will load with the results for your search term. Once you find the song you are looking for, click the 1-Click button on the right-hand side of the page.
1-click button
Step 4: You will now be prompted to download the Amazon MP3 Downloader. Read the Detailed Installation Instructions section on this page, click Download now and follow Amazon’s step-by-step set-up guide.
Amazon MP3 downloader
Step 5: Once the download is complete and the Amazon MP3 Downloader has been installed on your machine, your internet browser will reopen with a message confirming successful installation. You will also be prompted to continue with your purchase. Click on Complete my 1-Click purchase.
Complete my 1-click purchase
Step 6: You will now need to log-in to your Amazon account. Enter the email address and password you usually use to make Amazon purchases.
Log in to amazon
Step 7: Finally, you just need to confirm your purchase. If you still want to download the music, click Place your order.
The Amazon MP3 Downloader will now open and the song will start to download.
When the Amazon MP3 Downloader saves any purchased music to your computer, it is stored in the ‘Amazon MP3′ folder located within the ‘My Music’ folder in Windows by default.


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By dying4lyfe on 7th October 2012

Cool guide. I always purchase music where possible, however, I often listen to a lot of obscure and underground music that simply isn't available to buy anywhere. In this case I use a program called musicjacker - it'll let you download music from all the main sources of unsigned music (i.e. YouTube, SoundCloud, MySpace...). Plus it has a built-in search feature too. Check it out, it's helped me and many others...
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By katie on 9th January 2013

OMG! Thank you, this is brilliant!
Stevie's picture

By Stevie on 17th November 2012

Well written and easy to follow, wonderful. How I wish everything was so easy to follow,. thankyou so much.
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By DU Community Manager on 18th November 2012

Thanks so much, Stevie, what lovely feedback.
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By Tina Smith on 8th February 2013

Being one of the older generation but still wanting to keep updated with new music etc, this has been really informative, would be interested if anyone could tell me best way of playing said music was thinking of a sonas system, any comments would be invaluable to me. Thanks
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By Colin Swansborough on 9th February 2013

I can't get this service because I am in the UK not the US. Where d0 I go from here?
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By DU Community Manager on 11th February 2013

Dear Colin, You should be able to use this service in the UK - please make sure you are on the (not website. If you have any more questions, the Q&A board on our Community is the ideal place to get help. Good luck!
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By DU Community Manager on 11th February 2013

Dear Tina, we would definitely recommend asking for suggestions on our Community (click Community in the top menu). Great that you're enjoying new ways to access music!
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By shy on 13th June 2013

the guidelines are very easy, it makes me easy to download music
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By levie on 30th July 2013

i love to download music