Where You Buy Your Digital Music Matters

where you buy your digital music mattersItunes has sold over 25 billion songs. Even though I am a huge music fan, I have not contributed to any of those sales. Why? It costs too much!

Itunes, considering itself a “premium service,” continues to charge more for most albums than its competitors. And Apple followers continue to get hooked on the lure of ease – but the product you are purchasing is the absolute same, so don’t overpay! There isn’t a whole lot of competition in the MP3 market but what little there is comes mostly from Amazon and Google. I purchase almost all of my music exclusively from Amazon and here’s why:

It’s easy! The first thing you need to know if you are an Apple dude or dudette is that buying your mp3’s from Amazon is just as simple. There is ONE extra step involved – and it will take you all of 5 extra seconds. All you have to do is drag the album folder you’ve just downloaded into Itunes. It’s that easy.  Update: With the newest version of Amazon downloader your new music files appear directly in your Itunes folder. NO extra work needed. And the savings really add up.

They have a great selection of music every month for a super low price. Amazon has 100 albums for $5 every month. And trust me, they aren’t the old crappy ones (I’m looking at you Aerosmith). They consistently put up a wide swath of new and popular albums on their $5 list. They even go lower still on their prices from time to time throwing up some great new artists or greatest hits albums for $2.99. Their everyday prices on albums are also consistently lower than the Itunes prices.

Another great perk? If you still like to have the physical medium (CD or record) Amazon has an auto rip program. In many cases the purchase of the vinyl album (its coming back) will also net you the MP3 download –  at no extra cost! Now THAT is a deal. Amazon is giving us the best of both worlds.

Wondering what to do with all the money you saved on your MP3’s? Go see your favorite bands live! Its fun for you and majorly supports your favorite bands. Where you buy your digital music matters, and it can save you money.

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    April 24, 2013

    You actually don’t even need drag the folder into iTunes anymore. The current Amazon downloader automatically loads the songs into iTunes.

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      April 24, 2013

      Nice! Looks like I’ll need to update to the new version of Amazon downloader. Thanks Trip.

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    April 25, 2013

    Amazon Cloud Player now has an iPhone app as well, making it easy to access your songs at any time without having to import them to your phone!

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      May 23, 2013

      Nice! I use the Cloud Player app on my android. It is nice to not have to download them onto your phone – that takes up valuable space!

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    April 28, 2013

    I’ve gotten a LOT of free music from Amazon! And interestingly, CDs that I purchased from them waaaay in the past are showing up as Auto-rips. Not so important, as I’ve already ripped most of my music collection, but since I have the Amazon streaming player on my iPhone, there’s *my* music, without having to load it or pay for Apple’s/iTunes’ Match service! BUT, are Amazon’s MP3s as good a quality as iTunes “iTunes PLUS”/AAC 256kps encodes? Especially the newer “Mastered for iTunes” offerings?

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      May 23, 2013

      Finn, that question I am not sure about. I love music but don’t know a whole lot about the different digital offerings. I assumed that they were the exact same product. You think Itunes music sounds a lot better?

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    May 23, 2013

    Also a bonus, Amazon ocassionally gives $1-$3 mp3 credits when you buy an album or DVD from them! Their twitter account also usually tweets out ways to get a $1 credit.

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      May 23, 2013

      Amazon is the best. I love all their free credits here and there. Thanks for twitter tip Melissa.

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