When you click on an album image to see more information about it, the screen you come to looks like this. Here you can listen to previews of songs, buy individual songs or the whole album, give the album as a gift, and much more.
The text at the top of the screen provides some background and context on the album. The sidebar on the left shows the album's cover art (which will appear in iTunes and on your iOS device after you buy), as well as its price, the year it was released, and other information. To buy the whole album, click the price under the album art.
At the top of the screen beneath the album title, there are three buttons: Songs, Ratings and Reviews, and Related.
Songs shows you all the songs included in this album. In the list of songs, you have a couple of major options. The first is to hear a 90-second preview of any song. To do that, hover your mouse over the number at the left of each song and click on the play button that appears. The other is to buy just the song--not the full album--to do this, click the price button at the far right.
There are a few other interesting options on this page. Next to every price button--both for songs and the full album---is a small down-arrow icon. If you click on that, a menu will appear that lets you do a number of things. You can share a link to the album on Facebook or Twitter, or email the link to a friend. You can also give the album as a gift to someone else.
The Ratings and Reviews button shows comments and ratings other iTunes users have made about the album, while Related shows songs and albums iTunes thinks you'll like if you like this album.
Make the choice you want--probably to buy a song or an album.
When you buy a song from the iTunes Store, it is automatically added to your iTunes Library. It is added in two places:
- The Purchased playlist at the far left under the iTunes Store menu item
- The library, in the correct categorization
Purchased content will be added to your iPod or iPhone the next time you sync.