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Old 03-18-2010, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb What kind of music buying services do you use on the net

I know I know, I SHOULD BUY VINYL!!! lol. But I am kinda interested in if ppl use anything else than Itunes to buy music, any services that offer anything better that I am not thinking about?


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Old 03-18-2010, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why should you buy vinyl? Is there some mandatory hipster law that says you must? I mean yeah the sound quality is awesome IF you have a good needle and the record is in good shape and you have a decent receiver and speakers. That seems like an awful lot of ifs to me for better sound quality, which largely attributed to why I stopped collecting and listening to vinyl. Anyways there's a site I use called amiestreet.com which has some really cool stuff on it, but it doesn't have everything. It's far cheaper than iTunes (for the most part) and usually the sound quality is around 320 kb/s.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Why should you buy vinyl? Is there some mandatory hipster law that says you must? I mean yeah the sound quality is awesome IF you have a good needle and the record is in good shape and you have a decent receiver and speakers. That seems like an awful lot of ifs to me for better sound quality, which largely attributed to why I stopped collecting and listening to vinyl. Anyways there's a site I use called amiestreet.com which has some really cool stuff on it, but it doesn't have everything. It's far cheaper than iTunes (for the most part) and usually the sound quality is around 320 kb/s.
Oh, I don't think that at all, I just know some do, I love your response, couldn't have put it better.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I randomly just found one on facebook via a Variety story today. Scattertunes, they give you 320 kb/s and a bunch of bonus behind the scenes material for the same price.
ScatterTunes | Facebook

other than that, Amazon I guess. But I agree Itunes sometimes leaves something to be desired
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I pretty much avoid buying from iTunes at all cost (though I use it to organize my digital music). I rarely purchase MP3s, but if I do it's from:

- independent labels
- Amazon
- eMusic (not a member anymore, but it's a good deal)
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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why would you buy music when you can get it for free?
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why should you buy vinyl? Is there some mandatory hipster law that says you must? I mean yeah the sound quality is awesome IF you have a good needle and the record is in good shape and you have a decent receiver and speakers. That seems like an awful lot of ifs to me for better sound quality, which largely attributed to why I stopped collecting and listening to vinyl. Anyways there's a site I use called amiestreet.com which has some really cool stuff on it, but it doesn't have everything. It's far cheaper than iTunes (for the most part) and usually the sound quality is around 320 kb/s.
Vinyl is one of the few analog media left. I suppose that's why it attracts so much attention but in reality most LP players don't have the fidelity to take advantage of it, especially players produced after 1990 or so.

It definitely sounds better if you have the right playback equipment, but maintaining vinyl can be such a pain in the ass. An outboard digital-to-analog (DTA) converter is far more effective in reconstructing an analog signal, without any loss of signal due to analog signal processing.
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i bought music a few times from independent labels or direct from artists, but only because it simply wasn't available anywhere else.

the other 160gb of music in my digital collection was acquired in more direct ways
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i bought music a few times from independent labels or direct from artists, but only because it simply wasn't available anywhere else.
That's pretty much the only time I will purchase MP3s...if it's not released on CD and if I can't find it anywhere else.
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