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Old 10-26-2007, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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So far I've only used WalMart where you pay per song--no monthly fees and little or no software to download.

Amazon's MP3 download service is looking good to me too, although it's only in the beta stage for now, for the same reasons as WalMart.

I get frustrated with the others, like ITunes, for instance, where you're expected to download their software before you can even browse the music selection. Or Kazaa, where you're asked to pay for membership before seeing their selection...

So what services do y'all use and why?
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:37 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I use I-tunes.
I agree with you about having to download it, but it works for me.
Having it take up residence in my computer is worth the convenience.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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i really have a hard time justifying paying for downloads when the quality is compressed to hell. until the music industry gets their head out of their rear and begins offering lossless files without DRM restrictions and an extensive catalog, i'm really not interested. theres a reason they're going extinct.
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:29 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Yeah, I'm glad I kept my vinyl and turntable.
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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I request a CD be bought from my local library, then I check it out, scan the cd on my media player on my computer and voila
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:37 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I request a CD be bought from my local library, then I check it out, scan the cd on my media player on my computer and voila
May I inquire how often you do this?
Do they cooperate with your "request" each and every time?
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:53 PM
 
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So far in the last year I have requested 5 CDs and they have bought 5 of those CDs.
My libary has a HUGE selection of CDs so all I usually need to do is find them AT the library or put them on hold and go and pick them up when they arrive.

Oh...and I go to the libary every Saturday.
In fact, right now I have 3 CD waiting for me right now
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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i really have a hard time justifying paying for downloads when the quality is compressed to hell. until the music industry gets their head out of their rear and begins offering lossless files without DRM restrictions and an extensive catalog, i'm really not interested. theres a reason they're going extinct.
I'm willing to pay even for compressed files, but not at the same per-song rate as uncompressed files. That's why I've been using a particular Russian site and its progeny. You actually pay per byte, with a 192kbps song averaging about 12 cents. 192 is good enough for me for most purposes, unless I know the song has lots of deep bass and/or lots of hi-hat in which I'll kick it up to 320kbps. That's another thing I like about the site I use: you get to choose not only the bitrate but the format. Available formats include .ogg, .wma, .mp3, .mp4, .mpc, in bitrates between 128 and 320kbps, and with many tracks, all the way up to uncompressed .wav.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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i use napster to go. $14.95 unlimited music with easy transfer to my mp3 player.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:33 AM
 
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I thought Kazza was a free file sharing service, did they go legit?

There are still some dependable file sharing services out there, depending on your ethical viewpoint on the issue of music "stealing" vs. sticking it to the music industry that require us to change formats ever couple of years and/or a persons right to share music which was legitimatly purchased on the free market.

I've heard WINMX to be reliable for file sharing, not that I "cough, cough" use it myself.
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