Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Beyond iTunes

For the past month, I've been enamored with Amazon MP3 Downloads. I think this site might trump iTunes. Yep, pretty sure it does. Nearly every album I've found has been less expensive than iTunes, and for awhile they were selling some of the top 2008 albums for $5 (I bought M83 and She & Him's albums for the price I would have paid for one album on iTunes). Plus, they have a daily download that is ridiculously cheap--I bought U2's U218 Singles album for 3 bucks. It's awesome, except that it's difficult to resist buying a new album for $2 when I know I don't really need it.

My friend Jon also recommended emusic.com, where you pay monthly for a certain amount of downloads. With emusic, the songs are able to play on any MP3 player or computer, instead of having the iTunes thing where you can only play them on a limited number of devices. I haven't tried it yet, but it seems like a music Netflix, where you pay $15 a month and can download 50 songs to your heart's content. This would definitely keep me more accountable in the financial department.

All this to say, I'm recently finding that there are so many more options for purchasing good music beyond iTunes.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of rhapsody.com as well. It is more amazon mp3 in style.
    Shopping around has never been so easy.
    I haven't purchased music from itunes (except in a pinch ala no one else has it and I refuse to buy cds) for a very long time.

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