A poll on buying digital music - please reply
December 20, 2009

I need to renew my album's commercial digital distribution arrangements for the first time in a couple of years. Originally I just went with a bunch of itunes stores.

My anecdotal sense has always been - that amongst people who will buy digital files, they're all on itunes, even if they are on other services as well. I'm just looking for any strongly contrary evidence.

To help me out with a handful more samples, could you please reply to this topic what your online music buying situation is? This could be 'I never buy any music online' to saying which services you use and like, or dislike, if you do. This includes things where you pay for any kind of streaming, or where listening to streaming music results in renumeration to the artists at some point. Thanks.

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zigfried zigfried - December 20, 2009 (11:04 AM)
I buy from iTunes (even though I never use the iPod - but still listen on the PC), and actively avoid all other music download options.

joseph_valencia joseph_valencia - December 20, 2009 (11:27 AM)
I only buy digital music from Amazon these days.
Genj Genj - December 20, 2009 (11:52 AM)
If I ever purchase digital music it's either from Amazon or direct from the artist. I have occasionally used the last.fm streaming service for free but not usually.
EmP EmP - December 20, 2009 (03:10 PM)
I used to spend a lot of time on www.garageband.com before I was politley reminded that I hated music in all forms.
aschultz aschultz - December 20, 2009 (05:29 PM)
I never buy music online. I rarely buy any. I'm largely happy with the collection I have. But of course I'll be glad to support your efforts any which way.
bloomer bloomer - December 20, 2009 (07:05 PM)
That's interesting a couple of you mention Amazon. That's probably the main one I'm considering adding.

I think I am set up to receive stuff from Last FM plays, but as a very small concern, my tracks aren't seeded much. IE Next to never :)
honestgamer honestgamer - December 20, 2009 (11:20 PM)
I seldom buy music online, but when I do I buy it through iTunes. Amazon.com would be the other place where I would consider buying music. I believe I even have a free credit for a song download there, because they often give those away when you buy a physical album. Mostly, I go with names that I trust and expect to be around for awhile if I have issues with my download. iTunes works best because I have come to love MP3 players and the iPod in particular.

Edit: I made my post before reading what others said, so it looks like Amazon is indeed a good source for music even though I never really hear the hype for it that I hear for iTunes. Interesting!
bluberry bluberry - December 21, 2009 (08:14 PM)
I'd buy from the artist or from a site like bleep. if the digital product they're offering is as good as or better than what I can get for free from rapidshare, great, I'll drop the money for it. but if it's a 128kbps file on itunes then forget it, if I still care that much I'll buy a t-shirt at a show or something.

amazon is a strange beast. some albums are -v0 vbr, which is excellent. others are constant bitrate, which is less excellent.

here comes Venter to tell me I shouldn't care about this because hey it doesn't actually matter how good something is when you pay money for it.
bloomer bloomer - December 22, 2009 (05:19 AM)
There's a gulf for independent artists who'd like to sell uncompressed tracks (which includes myself) because none of the aggregators will distribute them. To go through Bleep, you have to be on a label. And to distribute uncomp'd tracks yourself requires more bandwidth than most indie artists can usually afford or get access to.

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