Catalogue

300,000 songs 20,000 albums 700,000 songs 1,500,000+ songs  200,000 songs
15,000 albums
1,000,000+ songs 

800,000 songs
60,000 albums

exact number is not known 1,000,000+ songs  1,000,000+ songs  

Labels

all labels independent labels only all big labels and some independents all labels all big labels and some independents all big labels and some independents all labels all big labels and some independents all big labels and some independents

Max number of downloads

n/a 40/90
per month 
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Subscriptions

n/a

EMusic Basic:
$9.99/month
maximum 40 downloads 

EMusic Plus:
$14.99/month
maximum 65 downloads 

EMusic Premium:
$19.99/month
maximum 90 downloads 
n/a

n/a

n/a MusicMatch On Demand
unlimited streaming for  $4.99/month.

n/a

Napster membership: unlimited downloading for  $9.95/month.

Napster To Go:
unlimited downloading for $14.95/month. Downloads can be transferred to specific portable players
 
Unlimited:
unlimited downloading for $8.33/month

To Go:
unlimited downloading for $14.99/month.
Downloads can be transferred to specific portable players
 
Price per song about $.12 
($.02 per Mb)
$.22  $.99 $.10 $.99 $.99 about $.06
($.01 per Mb)
$.99 $.99
Price per album about $1.80 
($.02 per Mb)
n/a $9.99 about $1.10    $9.90 $9.99 about $.90 
($.01 per Mb)
$9.99 $9.99

File format

MP3, WMA, OGG, MP4, MPC, FLAC, WAV and Monkeys audio MP3 VBR AAC 128 kbps MP3 192 kbps WMA 160 kbps WMA 160 kbps MP3 192 kbps und up WMA 128 kbps WMA 160 kbps

DRM 

no no yes no yes yes no yes yes

Audio CD burning

unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited 7 burns per playlist 7 burns per playlist unlimited 7 burns per playlist 7 burns per playlist
Burning program any any iTunes only any WMP only MusicMatch Jukebox only any Napster only Rhapsody only
 
Audio player any any iTunes only any   
WMP only
MusicMatch Jukebox only any Any Windows programs that support secure WMA (MusicMatch, Media Center, Media
Player, etc.)
Rhapsody only

Required portable digital music player

none, you can use any player none, you can use any player iPod only none, you can use any player player must be WMA DRM compliant player must be WMA DRM compliant none, you can use any player  player must be WMA DRM compliant player must be WMA DRM compliant

iPod compatible
 
yes yes yes yes no no yes no no

Payment options

Credit card, PayPal Credit card Credit card Credit card, PayPal, MP3Key Credit card Credit card Credit Card Credit card, Napstercard Credit card

Free Trial?

No 50 free mp3s No No No 7 days free trial New users are entitled to download 10Mb for free. 7 day free trial 14 day free trial

What's special?

Online encoding in practically any format and bit rate.

Legality is controversial

Most mp3's encoded with Lame alt preset standard (cd quality!)   Catalogue contains bootlegs, rare songs and albums. 

Legality is controversial
    Website contains album reviews Napster To Go provides unlimited downloads and transfers to portable players.  
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