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Where do you buy music online?

Filed Under: Random Thought

Written by Brendan

Thursday October 14, 2010

I wrote last month about the end of Amie Street — whose dynamic pricing model provided extremely affordable music, especially for those of us who tend to buy music every Tuesday. To make matters much, much worse, emusic.com announced recently that they are changing their pricing model next month, effectively halving the amount of new music I’ll be buying each month.

So I’m hoping that while I haven’t been paying attention, some amazing new (or underused) service has emerged. I think I’d go back to buying physical CDs before I’d buy another iTunes album, and Amazon.com is often as expensive (though they do run some great sales).

How do you get your music (legal remedies only)?

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2 Responses to “Where do you buy music online?”

  1. Erik says:

    I suspended my emusic account a while ago – it was more expensive than way back when I started it, and although it was great to find some newer stuff and backfill on older stuff, I decided at the end of the day it was easier to just get music on amazon. High quality, reasonably priced, sometimes very cheap, and you are never getting something because you have to spend credits, or NOT getting something because they don’t carry it. I try to get direct from bands where applicable and easy.

    I’m generally rethinking a lot of subscription based things. Is netflix really better than itunes for watching a TV series? It’s annoying to run out of shows, or have two DVDs sit for weeks while you are too busy to watch, feeling like you are wasting money. Sometimes subscriptions make sense, but you have to re-evaluate as your needs change I guess.

    • Brendan says:

      Yeah I gave up on netflix a long time ago, but I’m still buying music in big enough quantities to make emusic worth it…though I’m starting to consider dropping it for a while.

      And good call on getting it right from the bands – it’s definitely becoming more and more prevalent for bands to have some sort of store directly from their site.