How to Download Songs

By Derek M. Kwait

It has never been easier to access music, thanks to digital downloads. You can collect as many songs as you like for less than $10 per month through a subscription service, or, with no commitment, you can download songs individually for around $1 each from Amazon or iTunes. Regardless of which plan you select, you can round out your music collection quickly and efficiently by downloading songs straight to your computer.

Subscription Service

Step 1

Learn about the leading legal subscription download services SuperPass and eMusic. Visit comparemusicdownloadsites.com to see reviews. Read the descriptions and see the comparisons and decide which best suits your needs.

Step 2

Select one. For SuperPass and eMusic, clicking the link will take you directly to a subscription page. Both services will start you off with a free trial period.

Step 3

Enter your email and desired password in the boxes, then click "Start Trial" or "Continue." Keep following the directions on the screen to create an account and select a plan.

Step 4

Type the name of the song or artist you are looking for into the site's search feature and press "enter" once your account has been created.

Step 5

Click the song when it comes up to download it to your computer.

Amazon MP3

Step 1

Visit the Amazon site and go to "MP3s and Cloud Player" from the menu on the far left of the screen. Then click MP3 Music Store.

Step 2

Type the name of the artist and song you are looking for in the search box at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Click the orange "Buy MP3 Song with 1-Click" option.

Step 4

Enter payment information if necessary, then click "Continue."

Step 5

Select whether you want to download the song via Amazon's Cloud Player or if you want to download it to your computer via the Amazon MP3 Downloader. Either option will require you to download software. Choose your option, and then you can play your song at any time.

iTunes

Step 1

Visit iTunes and click the "Free Download" button toward the bottom left of the screen next to the black music note in a blue circle. Follow the ensuing instructions to download iTunes onto your computer.

Step 2

Click "iTunes Store" in the menu on the left of the iTunes window next to the green shopping bag once it has downloaded.

Step 3

Type the name of the artist and song into the box in the top right of the screen.

Step 4

Select one of the versions of the song to download and click it.

Step 5

Create an Apple ID Account, if you have not already done so. Once downloaded, the song will be on your computer and will be available to listen to at any time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Napster, while inexpensive and boasting a large library, is a stream-only service that does not allow you to download songs onto your computer.