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Getting Started: Information For Web (Digital) Subscribers

For more detail on how to access locked web content please see this page.

What is the Web (Digital) Subscription?

The SOS Web Sub is part of our 'Digital' subscription service and provides exclusive online access to complete web versions of the entire editorial content of Sound On Sound, usually the day the print magazine goes on sale in the UK. A Web Subscription will give you instant access to the previous 5 months of locked 'subscribers only' content, so your 12 month Web Sub gives you a bonus 5 months of back issue content — 17 months for the price of 12.

These HTML-format pages are delivered over the Internet in the English language to registered Web (Digital) subscribers, for viewing within a browser. Note: the Web articles for each month's issue are NOT available in any stuffed or zipped format for bulk downloading and we do not offer the entire edition in a single PDF file. We do, however, sell single article PDFs of the majority of articles; these look like the magazine page layouts and are downloadable — please see link at the end of each article. Note these are not free of charge.

SOS Web pages contain the full text of the article, header photo and additional images/diagrams where published. Screen-captures and diagrams are generally shown small on the screen, for speed and convenience, but clicking on most images will open a larger more detailed view in a pop-up window.

Can I save/print Web articles?

Yes. You can save the website pages locally on to your hard drive and read off-line or print them for personal use only. Distribution of the saved files and printouts is strictly forbidden as is re-publication of any of the copyright work. TIP: Always select the 'Print Background' option when printing, otherwise white text out of coloured boxes may not be visible.

I already subscribe to the Print / Tablet edition.
How much will a Web Subscription cost me?

In April 2017 we streamlined our subscriptions to offer three basic products:

  • Print only
  • Digital only (which now provides both Tablet and Web access)
  • A combined Print + Digital (Tablet+Web) subscription

Existing Print+Tablet subscribers are now entitled to Web access at no upgrade cost. Please contact our Subscription Dept to request this upgrade.

Contact our Subscriptions Department via email and include your full name and postal address to help them locate your account. Email

How do I subscribe?

If you are already registered on this site, Log In (at the top-left of any page) then click any Subscribe link. If you do NOT have an account, please click here to visit our Registration Page and then continue to the Subscription Shop. You can pay by Credit / Debit Card or PayPal. Institutions and Libraries may elect to be invoiced.

How do I access Web Subscription articles?

You must be logged in to access the full Web Subscription features of our site. When logged in, you can move seamlessly between Public and Subscribers-Only areas of the site without realising it. Click on Magazine and select a Month/Year, or choose our top-level sections: Reviews, Techniques, People, Sound Advice and Music Business. Web Subscribers will see extra material which is hidden from ordinary site visitors.

Last revised 05 May 2017. E&OE.