Yahoo! Music Unlimited
Launch dateMay 10, 2005; 19 years ago (2005-05-10)
DiscontinuedSeptember 30, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-09-30)
Platform(s)Windows: XP, Vista
Pricing modelSubscription business model

Yahoo! Music Unlimited was a music streaming service and digital music store by Yahoo! Music.


In May 2005, Yahoo Music launched Yahoo! Music Unlimited, a music streaming service and digital music store.[1][2][3][4][5] Users paid a subscription fee to access a library of over two million songs which could be either streamed or downloaded as DRM'd Windows Media Audio files and played from a computer in near CD quality sound. Subscribers could also download songs for transfer to CD or supported portable devices with an additional per-song payment. Yahoo! Music Jukebox was the software used for the service. The service required an active Internet connection. It was discontinued on September 30, 2008.[6][7] The service was praised for its music quality, interface, and cheaper price than competitors.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Yahoo! Soft Launches New Music Service". Billboard. May 10, 2005.
  2. ^ Bangeman, Eric (May 11, 2005). "Yahoo enters digital music fray". Ars Technica.
  3. ^ Healey, Jon (May 11, 2005). "Yahoo Offers Subscription Service for Online Music". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Contreras, Felix (May 12, 2005). "Yahoo Announces Music Download Service". NPR.
  5. ^ Kim, James (August 18, 2005). "Yahoo Music Unlimited officially live". CNET.
  6. ^ "Yahoo Not Only Shutting Music Store, But Orphaning DRM Buyers". CBS News. July 27, 2008.
  7. ^ Sorrel, Charlie (July 25, 2008). "So Long, And Thanks for All the Cash: Yahoo Shuts Down Music Store and DRM Servers". Wired.
  8. ^ Meier, Josh (May 28, 2005). "Software Review: Yahoo Music Unlimited!". Ars Technica.
  9. ^ Dreier, Troy (February 21, 2007). "Yahoo! Music Unlimited". PCMag.