Compare download

Compare download, launched on 4 August 2009, is a music portal that aims to offer fans a totally new way of enjoying and buying music.



Founded by James Bott and Darren Sher in 2009 is the first price comparison and search engine for legal music downloads in the UK.

With the contentious issues of copyright theft and illegal downloading becoming increasingly prominent offers users the chance to potentially save money on legal downloads whilst guaranteeing a fair deal for the artist.[1] The site enables music fans to compare prices for downloads instantly across a wide range of leading download services, then click through and buy at the price that suits them best. has deals with key online retailers including iTunes UK, Amazon UK, 7 Digital,, Tesco Digital and We7. Users will be able to search their combined catalogue of over 10 million tracks in seconds.


The player gives access to the top 100 downloads and top 40 charts. It also acts as a music information hub, gathering an extensive range of up-to-date information and interactive content. The site also offers a wide range of video material, thanks to a content deal with YouTube. Visitors to the site will be able to add their own reviews – allowing the Comparedownload community to recommend or slate releases, both new and old. The latest tour-dates and ticket information from Ticketmaster are all available on the site – with fans able to click through and purchase.[2]


Created by James Bott who after completing his A-Levels gained a training contract at Europe’s then-largest jewellery manufacturer and distributor, Gallery & Abbeycrest. In 2005 he worked as a buyer for a large stock clearance firm, while working there he spotted a gap in the market and set up his own online jewellery firm,[3] is now well-established in the jewellery market and is one of the leading online jewellers in the UK. James hopes will facilitate an online music community where people can browse, listen, share and download in a legal environment.

Co-fouder Darren Sher began his career setting up a small corporate and music video production company that went on to produce a number of music videos, corporate videos and an award-winning short film. Having built up a number of contacts in the industry, Darren went on to set up and build ‘Snip Reels’, the world’s first Showreel hosting site for the film, television and commercial production industry. Although employed full-time, Darren has set up a variety of private online businesses. These include, and

Media Interest received widespread national and local media coverage when it launched in August 2009. National newspapers including The Daily Mail [4], Daily Telegraph[5], This is Money[6] covered the launch of the website online. The launch of compare download was also covered in The Times, Daily Express and the Daily Star.


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