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This is an expansion on a post I made in my Google+ account. This post includes links to all site listed in my original post, but another one I'm considering.

I'm searching for a better online MP3 purchase experience. Amazon has been rubbing me the wrong way with their restriction on downloads for sometime now (short version: install their download manager or be forced to download your tracks one at a time), but now they've set it up such that all of your purchases go to your 'cloud player.' This means you not only have to download one song at a time if you don't want to install their software, but you have to say each and every time that you don't want to install their software.

Yeah. Thanks, but no thanks.

I've already been trying to purchase directly from the artists when possible, or from other sources if not, but I guess I'm going to need more sources. I'm already using CDBaby and sometimes BandCamp, but what other sites out there do people use? (Please note that I wish to own my music, so while sites like Rhapsody are interesting, they don't really meet my needs. Also: no &$#*ing iTunes.)

Added: I'm also considering using eMusic. There's a monthly membership fee, but your fee grants you equal credit for purchases from their collection. (The trick, of course, is that the fee does not roll over. If you forget to buy anything for a month, you've lost that credit.) The prices seem pretty decent and they've got a lot of music I like, and the fee structure isn't bad. At an average cost of $6 per album, the $12 basic membership gives me two new albums a month ... which currently costs me around $20. Still, I'm wary for problems: If anyone has any experience with them, I'd love to hear about it.

Date: 2012-08-24 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry, love. Because I have an iThing, I use iTunes.

If I hear anything thought I'll be sure to pass it along.
Love you!

Date: 2012-08-24 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A fellow Spankers fan!

I got nothing. I'm afraid I get most of mine P2P.

Date: 2012-08-25 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of the podcasts I listen to recommends Magnatune as a source for online music, but I've never tried them.

Date: 2012-08-25 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Does your library offer Freegal? You only get a certain number of songs per week (at my library, it's 3), but they're yours to keep forever--no DRM. Sadly, the selection is not always what one would hope for (it's limited to songs owned or distributed by Sony, which owns the service), at least in the genres I listen to, but I have managed half a dozen or so downloads, and free is free.

I've done both Magnatune and EMusic

Date: 2012-09-13 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're both okay (they aim at slightly different audiences, if memory serves and nothing has changed since my last purchases with either of them).

eMusic seems to be smaller/more indie-type labels. They had pretty much the whole back catalog of Cruxshadows IIRC, but nothing top-40. As I know your tastes in music, that's not likely to be a drawback. :) The other thing that finally turned me away from them was that their quality settings were a bit low on their MP3's. Again, this was a while back, but I think they were doing either 168 KBPS or 192 KBPS CBR rips. I vaguely remember seeing that they've gone to VBR at this point, and may have upped the sampling rate. I'd have to check, but I'm too lazy to do so right now.

For Magnatune, they ARE the label. They have a pretty good deal for their artists (I think it was a 50-50 split on sales). The other REALLY nice thing that I liked was that they offer their music in just about every codec known to man. Once you buy the tune, you can download it in APE, FLAC, OGG, MP3 and smoke signal for all I know. They also don't require exclusivity agreements with their artists. The problem is that pretty much every OTHER label requires exclusivity, so, as a practical matter, if you find it on Magnatune, you're not gonna find it anywhere else.

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