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Best Value Online Music Stores?  
User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2566 times:

Hey, what are the best value music stores online for both digital and cd?

Im mainly interested in digital format ideally without DRM protection.


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2554 times:

Amazon.com has no DRM, it's in mp3 format so you'll have no worries about using it in different types of players, sound quality is excellent (256k bitrate) and virtually CD-quality to the human ear without having to pay extra for it like the others, same price (or sometimes less) than the standard choppy 128k bitrate found elsewhere. And the selection seems to be much more extensive at Amazon.

Won't be disappointed. I'm glad I switched from iTunes.  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

How easy is it to purchase songs via Amazon and transfer them to your media player? Which media player do you use? I'm still using iTunes and am looking for an excuse to get out...


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2531 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 2):
How easy is it to purchase songs via Amazon and transfer them to your media player?

Easy as downloading anything, really...Just specify where you want the songs saved (desktop, music folder, etc). They'll hold your credit card information just like iTunes, and as long as you're logged into the site, it's as simple as clicking the "purchase" button for the song.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 2):
Which media player do you use? I'm still using iTunes and am looking for an excuse to get out...

Any media player you'd like. The files are .mp3, not some proprietary restricted format, so virtually all players will accept them. I happen to use Windows Media Player because I'm most familiar with it, but whatever floats your boat. They'll still run in iTunes and transfer to an iPod just the same, but you won't be limited to that arrangement.



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User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

Another vote for Amazon!

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

iTunes is already largely DRM-free and all remaining tracks will turn DRM-free in April when the labels finally relent.

iTunes Plus (the DRM-free tracks) also come in 256kbit/s AAC format which provides significantly better quality than MP3.


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2479 times:



Quoting Klaus (Reply 5):
iTunes Plus (the DRM-free tracks) also come in 256kbit/s AAC format which provides significantly better quality than MP3.

iTunes Plus also, from previous experience, costs more than the regular songs, and its availability was severely limited to the most popular of tracks, not the entire iTunes catalog (which in itself from experience lacked compared to Amazon). And not all common players accept the AAC format.

I'm very much a stickler when it comes to audio quality, and Amazon's standard 256k DRM-free .mp3s play crystal clear like a CD whether through a set of cheap headphones, home-audio surround system, or eight-speaker full-range car audio system.

Again, you won't be disappointed with Amazon. iTunes, on the other hand, leaves open the possiblity.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2465 times:



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 6):
iTunes Plus also, from previous experience, costs more than the regular songs,

No. Exact same price.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 6):
and its availability was severely limited to the most popular of tracks, not the entire iTunes catalog

This limitation was imposed by the labels, but in a few days all tracks will be iTunes Plus.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 6):
And not all common players accept the AAC format.

Since AAC is the official successor format of MP3, players which don't support it are simply becoming obsolete.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 6):
I'm very much a stickler when it comes to audio quality, and Amazon's standard 256k DRM-free .mp3s play crystal clear like a CD whether through a set of cheap headphones, home-audio surround system, or eight-speaker full-range car audio system.

AAC has better bass response, better reproduction of more complex signals and offers smaller file sizes at better quality.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 6):
Again, you won't be disappointed with Amazon.

Depending on what you expect.


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3309 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2458 times:



Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):


Quoting KFLLCFII:

iTunes Plus also, from previous experience, costs more than the regular songs

No. Exact same price.

Just checked. Again, from previous experience, they were more. But now they're the same price, you're right.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):


Quoting KFLLCFII:

and its availability was severely limited to the most popular of tracks, not the entire iTunes catalog

This limitation was imposed by the labels, but in a few days all tracks will be iTunes Plus.

That's fine. But their overall catalog still seemed to be lacking, unless they have improved on it.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):


Quoting KFLLCFII:

And not all common players accept the AAC format.

Since AAC is the official successor format of MP3, players which don't support it are simply becoming obsolete.

In other words, if your player doesn't support it, it's your own fault for not keeping up with the times. Nice.  Wink

Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):


Quoting KFLLCFII:

I'm very much a stickler when it comes to audio quality, and Amazon's standard 256k DRM-free .mp3s play crystal clear like a CD whether through a set of cheap headphones, home-audio surround system, or eight-speaker full-range car audio system.

AAC has better bass response, better reproduction of more complex signals and offers smaller file sizes at better quality.

I can't speak for anyone else, but if the file I'm listening to already sounds (to this musically-anal human) just as good as the CD, any further improvement is simply on paper. Which doesn't mean squat if my ears can't detect it. And further becomes a moot point if I have failed to keep up with the times (see previous).  Wink

Quoting Klaus (Reply 7):


Quoting KFLLCFII:

Again, you won't be disappointed with Amazon. iTunes, on the other hand, leaves open the possiblity.

Depending on what you expect.

I expect a wide-ranging selection of music for my wide-ranging taste, to be able to use the music anywhere I'd like and not have to worry about whether or not my setup is up-to-date, and hear the music just as well as if I went out to the store and bought the hard-copy.

I can expect that with Amazon, and at this time, I cannot fully expect that with iTunes. Sorry to burst the Apple bubble, Klaus, but they're no longer the end-all to be-all. But I will give them credit for trying.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2450 times:



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
That's fine. But their overall catalog still seemed to be lacking, unless they have improved on it.

I'd never say that they were the only place to go.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
In other words, if your player doesn't support it, it's your own fault for not keeping up with the times. Nice.

Let's put it this way: When you insist on sticking with your horse carriage, don't be surprised when at some point the car traffic around you will become a problem for you.

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
I can't speak for anyone else, but if the file I'm listening to already sounds (to this musically-anal human) just as good as the CD, any further improvement is simply on paper.

Not really, although of course it depends a lot on the material. Compression artefacts are audible in different ways than traditional analog distortions; Once you know what to listen for, the differences can often still be detected,

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
Sorry to burst the Apple bubble, Klaus, but they're no longer the end-all to be-all.

They've never been that. I just found your arguments in favour of Amazon a little unconvincing.


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