Purchasing music on the HTC One X

, posted: 29-May-2012 16:37

One thing I love about my iPhone is how easy it is to purchase music for it, and the vast library of content there is to choose from. In this blog post, I’ll explore the music store that comes bundled with the HTC One X, which is offered by 7digital.


The store is accessed from the Music hub, and allows you to browse singles and album charts, new releases, and via genre. It also provides a search function which matches your search term against artists, albums, and tracks. The search doesn’t seem to be overly smart, and tends to perform a match on any of the terms entered. Even using the old standby of surrounding the search term in quotes doesn’t seem to help there.



The 7digital website claims that they have over 18 million tracks available, but a quick search for one of my favourite bands, Dream Theater, revealed only one album from a possible catalogue of 11 studio releases, 5 live albums, a greatest hits compilation, and numerous other singles and EPs. And to add insult to injury, the available album is their 1989 debut album, with no sign of their latest offering, which was released last year. Further browsing of the store found that a lot of the music I’m interested in isn’t overly well represented in the store.

Buying music from 7digital is pretty straightforward. If you don’t already have a 7digital account, you can create one during the purchasing process. You are only prompted for an email and password at this time, with no further personal information required. You then enter your credit card details for payment, which unfortunately are stored with your account, with no option to opt out of this. In order to remove your credit card, you have to login to their website and delete it from there. Even after doing so, my credit card details were still coming up automatically for subsequent purchases in the 7digital app, until I logged out and then back in again.



Once this process is complete, your purchased tracks are queued for download, and are downloaded one file at a time. The download process can be paused and resumed, and you can opt to clear all or downloaded tracks from your list of downloads. The songs can also be played back from this list, with playback handled by the 7digital app, rather than the stock music player.



Purchased tracks can also be accessed on other computers by logging into the 7digital website and clicking the ‘Your Music’ link, where you can download all your purchased music, although you are restricted to downloading your purchases a total of 5 times.

The album that I purchased consisted of 320kbps DRM free mp3 files, so sound quality is definitely acceptable. 7digital do offer tracks in other formats, such as WMA and FLAC, but I’m not sure whether these are available via the app on the HTC One X, or need to be purchased via their website.

In summary, thanks to the 7digital integration it is just as easy to purchase music for the HTC One X as it is on my iPhone, with the caveat being the selection is not as vast. Prices seem similar, with most new release albums $18.99, and individual tracks under $2.50.

About the author
Hi I'm David, a self employed software developer on the wrong side of 40, residing in Auckland with my wife and two children. I am a passionate All Blacks and Blues fan, gadget junkie, mature aged gamer, and connoisseur of fine heavy metal (and music in general). I currently own an iPhone 4, but am very open to trying new technologies, and can't wait to see what the best of Android can bring to the smartphone table. I enjoy keeping up to date with the latest technological advances in general, and am encouraged to see that the smartphone market is no longer an iOneHorseRace. I’m very interested to see how the HTC One and Ice Cream Sandwich fares in this regard.

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