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Physical CD
36
44.44%
Digital MP3
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7.41%
Combination of CDs and MP3s
25
30.86%
Vinly
16
19.75%
I prefer to listen on Pandora and Spotify
4
4.94%
What does buy mean?
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How do you buy your music?

Old 08-01-12, 07:42 PM
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Re: How do you buy your music?

CD unless Amazon.com has a really good sale price (less than $5) on something I'm on the fence about.

Hey, why no option for analog MP3?
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Because I know the number of people that still buy cassettes is astoundingly low
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Re: How do you buy your music?

After Frostwire tanked, I now get my songs for "free" from Amazon using giftcards from surveys I do.

Once in a while I'll actually buy a CD - but it has to be under a couple bucks.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I started off with amazon and though it was great...........until I cleared my cache 8 times on my machine at work and they then "blocked" my browser because each time you clear your cache...it's considered a new device and you are only allowed 8 devices maximum. Don't believe me? Go ahead and try it.

I downloaded all my music off their site (after I bitched about it they allowed it as a device again) then went over to Zune....hey at least with Zune some of the files are 320 kbps and they let you know right up front that you only get to download a song one time and that's it.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

The majority of my listening happens on Spotify. I stream at 320kbps most of the time, but if I know I'm not going to have data access (wifi or 3G), I'll download a few playlists so I have something to listen to. It's practically like owning the music at that point. I accept that it's a "subscription" and some stuff will come and go. It's a fair trade-off, IMO.

I don't pay to download MP3s from Amazon, iTunes, etc. Just not worth it to me.

I WILL buy CDs and/or Vinyl if it's a band I really love (or fall in love with because of Spotify) and/or if it's some kind of "special" edition. I may have only bought a handful of physical albums this year, but one of them was $300. Still, even those albums... I'll listen to on Spotify instead of the actual record/CD, since I mostly listen to music on my way to/from and AT work. At home, I'll throw the CD/Vinyl on if I have it.

I'll go to shows when bands I like are in town. Unfortunately, that's still a rarity for me, since the bands I tend to gravitate towards can't exactly afford to tour out here. In those cases, though, I'm usually buying their music or t-shirts to support them already.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

uh buy music? I always burn albums from friends that have stuff I want but usually I can find stuff online. The only physical albums I buy are vinyl for my turntable.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

it's odd, in order for me to get and hear the 5.1 mix of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: "The Rise and Fall of..." I had to purchase the vinyl, since the DVD was a supplement disc.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by HollywoodLights
Do you just do the front cover for the slim jewel cases or do you get full sized cases and do front/ back cover
I use slim cases. If there is a good back cover image I print it out re-sized to front cover dimensions and use it as inside front cover.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I've had 3 computers go bad over the last decade. I lost access to those audio files (all ripped from CD's). If I had paid for those audio files I'd be pissed.

I've only paid for one song download, the rest of my music comes from buying CD's. Better sound quality and I can still rip MP3's if I want portable music.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I bought my first bit of music on December 19, 1983 when I happened to have about $15 extra after a date. I remember paying about $13 for a cassette. That's $32 in 2012 dollars. From this point forward I purchased hundreds of records, cassettes and then CDs. I remember buying Billy Joels Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 for $35 in 1990 the day I bought my first CD player. That's $62 in 2012 dollars.

When I stopped buying CDs in 2004, I had amassed a collection of more than 600 CDs. History has shown us that the while the cost of producing CDs was certainly higher at the beginning of its life cycle in the mid to late 80s, the price to produce a CD dropped dramatically. Of course music companies didn't drop the price of CDs as a result of cheaper production costs. Not at all.

My point is I don't feel sorry for the music indsutry. Not one damn bit. They've gotten all the money they're going to out of me at this point - which is thousands and thousands of dollars of course - but not one dime more.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I'm a paying Spotify subscriber but have yet to get in the habit of using it.

I mostly buy CDs but pick up a fair amount on iTunes as well (mostly if the CD is unavailable or considerably more expensive, or if I want/need instant gratification). Vinyl on 'special occasions'.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Another one mostly buying from Amazon MP3 store. I'll buy physical if there is a surround mix or something.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by Rival11
I started off with amazon and though it was great...........until I cleared my cache 8 times on my machine at work and they then "blocked" my browser because each time you clear your cache...it's considered a new device and you are only allowed 8 devices maximum. Don't believe me? Go ahead and try it.

I downloaded all my music off their site (after I bitched about it they allowed it as a device again) then went over to Zune....hey at least with Zune some of the files are 320 kbps and they let you know right up front that you only get to download a song one time and that's it.
Why don't you just make copies of the files you downloaded from Amazon?
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I use Spotify for new stuff to see if I want to buy it.

I buy the CD only if I want some artwork/liner notes and feel that I "need" to own that CD. I recently bought the Beach Boys new release on CD mainly because I was hoping for some great "reunion" type liner notes and was gravely disappointed. Lyrics only. Ugh. I still wanted the CD since I own all their other stuff on CD but I don't see myself betting burned by this again. I am moving more and more toward MP3s which brings me to...

...I buy MP3s when they are super cheap at amazon or if the MP3 album is at least $3+ LESS than the CD.

I use Pandora just for shits and giggles when I want to discover new music that is similar to a group I like and I am finding that XM/Sirius are repeating themselves too often (which is sadly becoming more and more frequent).

I only buy Vinyl if it comes in a special boxset with a CD release that I want or the only way to get the music is to buy the record, burn it to CD, then burn it to MP3. But I usually never get around to even doing the first step and just occasionally listen to the record on the player when I want to hear it.

And by the way...I listen to ZERO terrestrial radio now. I can honestly say that I haven't listened to a local radio station in probably near 10 years. My mind is blown whenever I ride with someone and they are listening to a local radio station.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by orangecrush
Why don't you just make copies of the files you downloaded from Amazon?
I did, that's not the point though. It's the fact that if you clear your cache...once you re-access amazon again it counts as a new device....so in short...clear your cache 8 times at home and you can no longer access your music from ANY other machine because you just used up all 8 devices you were allowed to access from.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

If I love a band, then I support them by purchasing their albums on CD.

Mostly, though, I just pirate all my music.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
If I love a band, then I support them by purchasing their albums on CD.

Mostly, though, I just pirate all my music.
I like the honesty.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I've bought many, many CD's over the years. Nothing like having a hard copy...but after Media Play closing, and many places completely decreasing their selectiong of CD's, my purchases and dramatically decreased.

Recently I've started to delve into MP3s a lot more, only because Amazon has them for so dirt-cheap all of the time. Also, when they have codes for free MP3 money, that certainly helps.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Vinyl and Digital
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I chose the CD and mp3 option but I also stream via Rhapsody.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

I'd easily buy mp3s if the price was right (like 10 cents a song), but at 99 cents a song and you're just getting an inferior digital copy, it's not worth it at all.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by Mr. Salty
CD unless Amazon.com has a really good sale price (less than $5) on something I'm on the fence about.
Pretty much this. I prefer CDs but get sucked into a lot of those cheap MP3 deals. I still have a CD player in the car and no input jack so sometimes I burn my own CDs for use there, but have had quality/skipping problems.
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Originally Posted by JAA
I'm still an old school CD collector. Generally better audio quality, artwork, etc.
Me too.

I handed on all my old vinlys [] to my g/f's son a few months ago on moving house and receiving instructions to get rid of non-essentials. I've not had a deck for years, he had one and liked hard rock music so it seemed like the best option.

One day I may even "rip" my CDs and start listening on the move...
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Usually CD or MP3 depending on what's cheaper or if theres a different track listing between the two formats. Certain bands I'll always buy the physical copy regardless. I buy vinly () releases of a handful of my favorite musicians, but that's mainly for collecting purposes since I don't have a record player that's worth a damn right now. I've been using spotify a lot recently, but that's pretty much to sample a record or band before deciding whether to buy or not.

Originally Posted by Rival11
I did, that's not the point though. It's the fact that if you clear your cache...once you re-access amazon again it counts as a new device....so in short...clear your cache 8 times at home and you can no longer access your music from ANY other machine because you just used up all 8 devices you were allowed to access from.
There's got to be more to it than that, because I regularly clear the cache on all three computers that my wife and I use to access our Amazon account, and have never had issues there. I've certainly done it more than 8 times and have had no issue.
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Re: How do you buy your music?

Originally Posted by atxbomber
Usually CD or MP3 depending on what's cheaper or if theres a different track listing between the two formats..
What I do in this instance is buy the cd, download the tracks not on the cd, then combine it all onto a cd-r.

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