Online music stores sell audio files on a per-song and/or subscription basis. Music streaming services offer partial or full listening without actually owning the source file. However, many music stores also offer partial or even full length streaming previews.
The Internet's first high fidelity online music archive was launched in 1993 and the market for downloadable music has grown rapidly over recent years, with a boom in ‘boutique’ music stores that cater to specific audiences. An increasing number of new services now enable musicians to sell their music directly to their fans, turning each web page into the musician’s own online music store.
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