Take Note: iTunes does not sell karaoke!
You can purchase individual songs, or you can subscribe to a streaming service (where you can stream any song in their streaming library).
To see the available stores, click the "disclosure triangle" (twirly arrow) on the "Music Stores" icon (looks like a little green Shopping Bag). Then click one of the music store icons to see what's in the store.
When viewing a store's playlist, you can search, sort, listen to samples, purchase, or stream. The first time you attempt to purchase or stream, kJams will have you fill out your "One Click Settings" (see below). To purchase songs you can drag them to your library (you can buy multiple songs at once: select them all and drag them to your library). To hear a sample, double clicking a song.
To stream a song, click "stream song". Note that if you get taken to the web site for an audio-only preview, it's cuz you haven't purchased a streaming subscription or streaming time. Just go to kJams->preferences->stores to get that set up.
The music store will ask you to update it's list approximately once per month. If you decline to update it, it will wait another month to ask you. You can update the store any time however, by context clicking it's playlist icon and picking "Reload Music Store".
Your Credit Card will be declined once
Take note that your credit card will work perhaps the first couple times, but then will be declined. You will have to call your credit card company and tell them to allow microtransactions at the music store vendor (you may have to call once for each store). For more info, see Credit Card Declined.
|Store||Home use only||Public Performance||Total Songs||Streaming Songs||Subscription / Month||Subscription / Year|
(Note: figures above are accurate as of August, 2014)
How to sign up
Go to the Menu bar and pick "kJams->Preferences->Stores". From there, you can enter your Credit Card and e-mail settings. Then click "Edit Music Store Settings" and pick the store you want to sign up for. On that screen, you can sign up!
- "Include music store songs in Library": This popup lets you decide what types of music store songs you want to show up in the "Library" playlist. When songs are in the "Library", you can search it to find all songs from both your personal set of songs and any you've included from music stores, at the same time. This is handy for streaming songs, but potentially dangerous for purchase-only songs if you have "Confirm All Purchases" turned off. For example, you can scroll to any purchasable music store song and press play, and it will happily purchase the song for you without asking. And then without asking will purchase the next one, then the one after that etc. etc. But it can be very useful if you are a KJ and you want singers to be able to search for and submit songs that are in your music stores (which you gladly purchase for them). Another danger is if you have "Pre-cacheing" turned on in the General prefs, this will not only purchase the song you play, but will also purchase and download the NEXT song in the playlist.
Sync Previous Purchases
Some stores enable you to re-sync any previously purchased songs. Just Context Click the store name, and pick "Sync Previous Purchases".
Alternately, in the Store Preferences panel, just click "Edit Music Store Settings…" then pick the store you want. If you see the button "Sync Previous Purchases", click it. This will download and install all previously purchased songs.
Always make backups!
These music stores are at the mercy of the publishers who allow them to publish the songs. At any time, the publishers may (and HAVE) revoke their permission for the stores to publish certain songs. This means a song you see in there today may disappear tomorrow. This has the very unfortunate side effect that syncing previous purchases (See above) will also fail for these songs. Yes, even if you previously purchased and legally own the song, if the song disappears due to it's permission being revoked, you can no longer grab it from the "cloud copy" of all your purchased songs.
What this means is:
- if you see a song you think you may ever want in the future, get it now
- make backups of ALL your songs, so you have it in case of disaster or computer transfer