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Old March 21, 2009, 10:14 AM
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Any of you out there buying your music? Where do you buy it? Limitations (such as copy protections, etc)? Do you have to buy the whole album or the songs you want? Prices?
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Old March 21, 2009, 11:25 AM
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It's better to buy the album IMO.

You can rip to whatever format you want, and have a hard copy.
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Old March 21, 2009, 11:37 AM
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I don't use an MP3 player all that much so my main concern is getting music from my computer to my home stereo. I've been using the Napster service ($9.99 / month) which gets me unlimited access to their library on up to 3 different computers. The only problem with this is that you are only "renting" the music... you can DL them to your computer, but once you let your subscription run out the drm prevents you from playing the tunes.

This only gets you music on your computers, if you want to be able to transfer the tunes to your MP3 player it's an extra $5 / month.

AFAIK, purchasing individual tracks is pretty standard running from $.99 to $1.19 but there are often individual tracks which aren't available for download unless you buy the entire album.
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Old March 21, 2009, 12:29 PM
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Yeah I am more interested in DRM-Free stuff that I don't have to rent, and will work on an MP3 player like the Creative Zen.

I know iTunes store has some drm-free tracks and such. Just never tried it and was wondering what people's experience was with these services.

Heck, I would pay $2 for a tune if I could just keep it without any hassles.
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Old March 21, 2009, 01:17 PM
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You can purchase individual songs from the napster site as well. I'm not sure if they're DRM free yet, but that seems to be the way most on-line music retailers are going.
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buy the album still the best way imo
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If you can get a US Credit Card (just open a bank account, their "debit" cards are Visas) Amazon MP3 is quite good.
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buy the album still the best way imo
This.

I'm sorry, but when they are only offering 256 or 320kbps, I refuse to buy them. Once they start offering choices, and more importantly, lossless formats, like FLAC, I refuse to buy it unless it's a extremely hard song to find.
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Old March 21, 2009, 10:06 PM
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I don't mind 256 or 320kbps...I just want to listen to the music I want, on the device I want, without restrictions. All while paying artists and companies what they are entitled to. I just want to set a good example, and not get ripped off in the process.
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I just buy cds, then rip them to FLAC.
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