Where to buy music from itunes vs amazon

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by i-sidd, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    Hi all,

    Do you guys buy your music from itunes or amazon. I just looked at it and for most part it looks like amazon is cheaper.

    Soem sonsg even priced at $.0.50 in amazon vs. $1.29 on itunes.

    Will the music purchased from amazon be compataible with all apple devices.

    Is there a notable difference in sound quality?

    I need some suggestions. If I but a song from amazon can I download it to all my devices?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    I download everything through Amazon. Imports directly into iTunes and there is also an Amazon Cloud app if you want to save some space on your device.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    Well, I have music on my computer but not purchased from itune, its something I have gathered over the years.

    I don't know how easy it is to buy music from amazona nd then transfer it to itunes.

    The only reason I am looking at amazon is becuase of some tracks at lower price and the amazon cloud player.

    Can you play music purchased through itunes in icloud.
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2012
    I buy from both, but yes, Amazon is cheaper.

    I have iTunes Match as well so once I buy from Amazon, I usually just match, delete and download the iTunes version. lol

    If you do buy from Amazon, I recommend you consolidate your library after importing in iTunes. Puts all your music in one place.
  5. macrumors G3


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Both. Or buy the cd rip it at the bit rate you want! :)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    I don't really buy music anymore. If I do, iTunes.

    But I use Spotify Premium. 9.99 a month, unlimited music, on all of my devices...
  7. macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2011
    I prefer spotify premium myself. It recommends new artists similiar to pandora, but has an offline option to save on data charges. If you download more than 10 songs a month it's worth it.
  8. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I usually buy from iTunes, but do make the occasional purchase through Amazon.
  9. macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2012
    Any digital media I buy all come from Amazon. I enjoy Apples products but not their media pricing.
  10. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    eMusic and Amazon here. Used to buy music on iTunes until the prices went up.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2004
    I've bought from Amazon exclusively the past six months or so and have really liked it. I play everything in my itunes or on my phone, which I sync manually.

    I've had no problems and am happy with the quality.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    What I am finding difficult is to be able to buy from Amazon and then automatically have it in all my IOS devcies.

    I think both itunes and Amazon music prices are the same, atleast for the new songs.

    I like that Amazon has free cloud player, but I don't like the idea of buying a few sonsg from itunes and a few from Amazon and having to use 2 differnt players on my iphone to access them.

    Is there a way to download music from amaozn player on iphone and play it through the itunes app on the iphone?
  13. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    I don't see why getting Amazon music to play thorugh itunes and the iphone should be so difficult it is not really different than say buying music from a place like bandcamp or a band's website. I have done that and found it easy to import the files.
  14. macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I've found that Amazon tends to have better deals - it seems like they are always having promos with $5 albums (even for new releases), and $.50 songs. They also have a lot of free mp3 credit promotions.

    If you purchase them on your computer, they'll download right into iTunes - it's not "automatic", as you would have to sync your devices, but certainly not difficult.
  15. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2006
    So can I sync my iphone wirelessly instead of having to plug in my phone into the laptop once i have set it up so that amazon sonsg diretly download to itunes.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    I buy pretty much all of mine from iTunes. I'll buy iTunes gift cards when they go on sale for around 20% off and then buy everything through that.

    There are a lot of times you can get better deals on Amazon, but I mainly just prefer the continence of having it all in one spot.
  17. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    CDs on Amazon are super cheap, so that is where I buy from.
  18. macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    Yes. Amazon songs download directly into iTunes (once you set it up that way the first time you purchase), so all you would have to do is re-sync your music after adding the new stuff.
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I primarily use Amazon myself. Just have for so long that it comes naturally.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    iTunes. Amazon is cheaper, I know, but the majority of the time I buy my music straight from the device with the iTunes app. Also, the convenience of just using one service makes the pricing pretty even for me. Plus, I always have a GC balance which I buy cheaper than the actual value of the card itself.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Well I bought a few albums on amazon since i got a few credits from my electronics purchases on amazon. However I had an option in my iPhone to automatically download songs in amazon cloud player. So all the purchased albums got automatically downloaded in iPhone. But the problem is they are accessible only via amazon cloud app. I can't access them using stock player or Groove player in iPhone.
    When I try to download them using my Mac they show already downloaded so can't download it there as well.

    Is there a way to have them seen in iPhone library ? Or have them transferred to my Mac iTunes library ?
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    I prefer beatport. They have the best selection, if you like edm, although prices aren't as good as amazon.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    I don't understand why people buy music off iTunes over Amazon. Albums are usually £3 or £4 cheaper!

    I usually buy off Amazon, download, import to iTunes, iTunes Match it, delete, then re-download.

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