If you have no reason to ditch iTunes, that might convince you

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  1. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    Granted, there might be other albums cheaper on iTunes, but random searches showed the below - and annoyingly I checked some albums I recently bought and I could have saved

  2. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Well, that's one more reason for me to not consider them in the first place.
  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    There's music in the iTunes Store?

    Mind you Amazon Music is even more useless, seems to be United States only.

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  4. ILYfp

    ILYfp Member

    I prefer buying physical copes of albums then ripping them onto my pc
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  5. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Same here. I've been all about top quality in music production and playback. I'm not about to pay premium prices for a small fraction of the bits that went into the grand master of the album, or "buy" music on terms that look more like renting.

    The only way to be certain that I have an album that sounds precisely how the artist intended it is to buy the disc and rip it, using cdparanoia or similar software that keeps on trying until every last bit is in its place.
  6. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    I also buy physical copies of albums. I like the album art and reading the little tid-bits that the artists have to say about the songs (for those artists that do that). But that's nothing compared to what has already been mentioned. Though, buying online is much more convenient.
  7. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    I grew up in a time and place where the TV wasn't the center of attention, and wasn't used as a companion like the "family" show in Fahrenheit 451. Before the CD, I spent many happy hours listening to the music and musing over the 12" album cover. Back then, album covers from art houses like Hipgnosis were works of art of their own right. I feel privileged to have grown up in an era when some of the most innovative artwork and industrial packaging was done for the record industry. It was an experience that can't be adequately described to those who were born too late to experience to experience it for themselves. Yes there are still 12" album covers around, but the experience of going down to the record store and seeing for the first time what's under the shrink wrap can't be duplicated.
  8. HamptonCaught

    HamptonCaught Well-Known Member

    Anyone that buys albums by Tulisa deserves to be over-charged.
  9. Omar Days

    Omar Days Well-Known Member

    Can you play stuff you bought on google music without an internet connection, or is it all on the cloud?
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  10. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    Initially it is in the cloud but you can download the lot also. Google allows you to download the tracks twice (will be MP3s in a zip file without DRM).
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  11. wyndslash

    wyndslash Well-Known Member

    I get my music from Amazon. Just use a gift certificate and a test credit card number. Works like a charm.
  12. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Why the .zip file? The .mp3 file is already compressed. Is the .zip file password protected?
  13. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    And, at least for US users, you can store all of the MP3 music that you bought from Amazon in their music "cloud" without having the Amazon files count against your limit.

    Amazon has recently added a 5 download limit if you "save to cloud" by default. But if you save to your home computer as the default, you can upload that MP3 and it will be recognized as one of theirs and won't count against your limit...at least that worked before the 5-download cap.
  14. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Well-Known Member

    I suppose simply to make it easier to download. The album I bought has 60 tracks - would be a pain if you need to download every single track. And no - they are not password protected.
  15. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Now I understand: it's a bunch of MP3 files in a ZIP file. :eek:

    I still buy my albums on CD, and only download singles in MP3 format, so I'd only expect one MP3 file at a time.
  16. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    I haven't bought from iTunes for quite awhile, especially now that we have Google Play. I like their cloud integration, non DRM and that songs you bought don't count against your 20,000 songs. Since I have 40,000 on my computer I need every bit I can get.
  17. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    I've never bought a single or an album.
  18. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    What a ripoff. :p
  19. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Rhapsody is $15 a month and can be used among other devices. Wife and I share our account. Has nearly everything I want to listen to. Is it the best quality? Of course not. Does my phone output great sound quality? Nope. :p
    Is a good option if you don't need to own music.
  20. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    I did the $10 a month Spotify thing for awhile and it works really well. The sound quality was as good as I could hope (with the HQ setting turned on) and it had a lot of good music. Collaborative playlists are so fun for road trips!
  21. dmodert66

    dmodert66 Well-Known Member

    I am going back to buying physical media because of Amazon. Their new program (at least in the US) is that if you buy a CD, you get a digital copy for free. Combine that with my Prime Membership (free 2 day shipping) and it's a no brainer.
  22. wyndslash

    wyndslash Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking of that too. All this talk of digial ownership gets me down. Too much digital may push me towards the analog route again. I'm considering making photo albums again.
  23. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Hah! I just went to check my Amazon Cloud player, and remembered that I had already uploaded the MP3 rips of every CD that I own. I thought "I have no way of telling if they're doing it for me or not." Then I saw the date on the "Recently Added" tunes, which is today. Since I haven't touched the site for over a month, it must be adding all my CD purchases.

    Now I'll have to go over my whole online collection again to remove dupes. :mad:
  24. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Like going back to vinyl records?

    I get a kick about the hipsters who go on and on about how vinyl sounds so much better. Back when vinyl records were the best we had, we hated vinyl because it was awful compared to the 1/2", 30IPS master tapes that they were made from. Back then a few mostly classical albums were available on 1/4" tape, usually at 7.5IPS. Even those sounded a LOT better than a vinyl LP! When the CD came along, it was a dream come true for true audiophiles.
  25. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    It ain't necessarily so...
    I was once fooled by vinyl (trio jazz- Piano/Bass/Drums) playing in a darkly-lit hifi store.

    The kit was: Quad 44/404 feeding ESL-63s and a Linn LP12 with Shure V15/III cart.
    This was well before CDs (early '70s I think). I'd love to hear the same system fed by a high-end CD player now.

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