Step 1: Starting your download
After you finish the checkout process you’ll be taken to the “Your Digital Download History” page in your account. From here, you should see the album or tracks that you just purchased with a “download” button next to them. Click that button to start the transfer and you’ll be prompted to either “save” or “open” the file. You’ll want to select “save” and take note of the target location that your browser will save the file to.
If you’re not getting the dialogue box asking what you’d like to do with the file, take a look at our “Digital Download” section of the Help Center for some common issues.
Step 2: Completing the transfer
Once the download starts, it’s important that it finishes in its entirety before attempting to open it. Single track downloads will be saved to your computer. Full album downloads will be stored as a compressed .zip file which will need to be unzipped.
Step 3: Locating files
Once the transfer is complete, you’ll need to find the files that you’ve just downloaded. In Windows, most browsers will save files to the “downloads” folder which you can find inside “my documents.” For Mac, the default destination is the desktop. If the files aren’t in those default locations, you can find the target location from that dialogue box that was discussed in the first step.
Step 4: Extracting files (full album only)
If you’ve bought and downloaded a full album, you’ll need to extract or “unzip” the files before you can play, burn, or import them into your media player. The unzipping process will vary depending on what software you use to handle .zip files and what operating system you’re using. In most cases, simply double-clicking on a file will begin extracting the contents. In some cases you’ll be prompted to select a destination for the unzipped folder. Otherwise, it’ll typically be unzipped to the same root folder as the original .zip file.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Once everything is saved and extracted, you can use your MP3s in any way you like. All digital downloads are DRM free and can be burned to disc, stored in your media library, or synced with your mobile MP3 player for you to take with you.