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    where to buy downloadable music nowadays?

    ...when you don't like iTunes nor Amazon - too much tie-in on both. I just want a shop where I can download MP3 files for a record, without installing additional software, Firefox plugins, and all that shit.

    I've been buying indie stuff via Bandcamp or directly from the label's web site, when available - but that's somewhat tedious, and doesn't work at all for major label stuff.

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    I've used Google play recently and they have a reasonable selection, plus having an android phone means it syncs up with my built in player.

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    Google play is good on a phone, the pc software is a little annoying is my only peeve, it's only a little download manager though, nothing like itunes. Selection for what I'm into isn't perfect but it's about as good as other services, much better than Spotify at least too.
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    I just bought a few tracks and a few EPs from 7digital the other day.

    Was cheaper than on iTunes and gives you a choice of downloading 320 kbps m4a or mp3 in a simple zip file.

    No DRM obviously and you can redownload from your 'locker' at any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idara View Post
    I just bought a few tracks and a few EPs from 7digital the other day.
    Thanks, that actually looks pretty good. Found most of the things on my list; slightly more expensive than Amazon for some of those, but not so much that it matters.

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    yeah 7digital is deece
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    Three years later, 7digital has turned shit - downloads are often more expensive then CDs on Amazon, and they're lagging quite a bit behind on new releases.

    Any new contenders?

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    I'd still stick with buying the physical CDs and ripping them to lossless. I think digital music is meh in general, one power outage or HDD misfortune and you're without music.
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    7digital has dropped off the map


    Best option now, by far, is Bandcamp, since you're buying directly from the artists/label and there is an excellent choice of file formats, and you can re-download all your files.

    Other ones I use (may not be relevant depending on what music you're after):
    Boomkat
    Junodownload

    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmin View Post
    I'd still stick with buying the physical CDs and ripping them to lossless. I think digital music is meh in general, one power outage or HDD misfortune and you're without music.
    A lossless download is exactly the same as a lossless CD rip in terms of quality (assuming both redbook cd quality @ 44.1kHz, 16bit). I'm seeing more and more 24-bit lossless downloads available which is better than CD quality unless you're buying blu-ray or SACD

    If CDs work better for you then fair enough, but it sounds like the real issue is how you back up digital files.
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    You guys realize that when buying a CD on Amazon these days, for most of them Amazon let's you download the titleson the CD as MP3s right after having completed the purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hel OWeen View Post
    You guys realize that when buying a CD on Amazon these days, for most of them Amazon let's you download the titleson the CD as MP3s right after having completed the purchase?
    Vinyl too. :hipster:
    meh

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    Bandcamp is a brilliant platform both in terms of user experience as well as for supporting musicians.

    I don't often buy digital formats and still buy music on Vinyl. Thank goodness for hipsters making it a popular format again. Shame LP's are going for 18 and upwards now but they nearly always come with a digital download code.

    For anything else I just buy the vinyl and use soulseek to get a copy. I can't bear to think of the number of times a HDD has died taking 500gb+ of legitimately owned music. Thankfully it isn't hard to get back again.
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    I buy through Bandcamp whenever possible, but many labels don't publish there. Didn't do Amazon music downloads ever since they killed the old standalone downloader, but most of my CD purchases are still on Amazon (and then I rip that). It's just slightly more hassle than a good download service that produces files with all the metadata...

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    +1 for bandcamp, juno is also decent, anything that is not available in HD for <10 i pirate because fuck paying 17-25 for a fucking digital download!

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    Bandcamp is a great example of doing things right. It's the closest thing music has to Steam.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Spank View Post
    Thank goodness for hipsters making it a popular format again.
    this is a probably a discussion for a different thread, but ironically the sudden increase in popularity of vinyl is doing a shitload of damage in the long run by squeezing out the independent labels who never abandoned the format.
    not that I disapprove of vinyl in any way - I still buy it - but it's just one of those things.

    record store day in particular is a big factor but this year in particular i observed a lot more RSD backlash so I guess more people are becoming aware of what's going on
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    bandcamp.com is where I get most of my music.

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    I get my singles through youtube by use of Firefox Addons.

    For collections I use magnet links.

    Oh... you meant, where to buy, sorry.

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    yeah, as if anyone is really asking for advice on where to pirate crap 128kbps mp3s
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