Amazon MP3

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Bozley0621, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    I've been using Amazon MP3 to download music into iTunes. It seems a few cents to several dollars cheaper than iTunes.

    I noticed that the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack costs just under $16 in iTunes and just under $10 at Amazon MP3.

    Do many others use Amazon as an alternative?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Yeah I sure do. I love them but I am not exclusive to Amazon.
  3. skitzogreg macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2007
    Amazon should be 'primary' rather than an alternative. It's nice paying less for less restrictions.
  4. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I buy from wherever is cheaper. Sometimes iTunes, sometimes Amazon MP3.

    It's more often Amazon though.....
  5. Bozley0621 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    I stand corrected. Amazon is my primary.

    I read some other threads where people debated that iTunes sounds better. I'm not sure which is true; my ears can't tell the difference.

    When both services are the same price for a song, I still save 6% tax through Amazon without the DRM.
  6. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    yeah go wherever it is cheapest, only a major sucker would willingly pay more for no reason what so ever

    if you are in the UK you can use to find out where the music is cheapest before you buy
  7. mechanopony macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2010
    Amazon mp3 is my primary. Definitely cheaper and the quality is usually pretty high (~278kbps is the average I've gotten). Plus it's in mp3 instead of the proprietary m4a that Apple uses.
  8. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    m4a isn't proprietary.

    I buy from iTunes because I think .M4A sounds better than MP3. But I don't object from buying from the Amazon store.
  9. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Eh, I use iTunes simply because it's more convenient when I want to buy music legally.

    The only time I use Amazon is when I get free credits from purchasing a vinyl or cd through Amazon.
  10. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Never bought from Amazon but got an email today about a new album. Both have it for $7.99, but the email had a today only promo for Amazon for $3 off. However, never used Amazon before so not sure the savings is worth the hassle of using some Amazon Downloader, etc. Not to mention Amazon does not say what bitrate they use. After digging they claim to be 256 most of the time. But most people say that 128 AAC is equivalent to 160 MP3, 160 AAC = 192 MP3, etc. So should an iTunes 256 file sound better than a 256 MP3.

    Maybe. iTunes just makes it so easy.
  11. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Amazon Downloader is not complicated. Amazon just makes it so easy. It even imports your downloads directly into iTunes if you want.

    Do what you want.
  12. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    It is odd that I buy everything from Amazon including my new 55 inch TV but I've never bought any downloadable music from them--I guess that needs to change! ;)
  13. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    You guys should check out a lot of the albums are 320KBPS MP3 (they tell you before you buy it).
  14. Zoddino macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2010
    m4a is prioprietary as mp3 is, but certainly it wasn't made by Apple like you may think but by Fraunhoofer and many other audio companies. It's the successor of MP3 (Mpeg I Layer III) and belongs to Mpeg-4. It's a standard, better than mp3 for sure.
  15. jeromeplank macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2008
    i second this. amazon has a ton of daily & monthly deals as well. the new arcade fire was $3 or $4 on release day.
  16. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    Last time I used iTunes was when I was in Austria, 'cause stupid Amazon mp3 wouldn't work over there :(

    iTunes scored a definite point on that one.

    I use emusic as my primary since I'm on a grandfathered plan which makes it unbelievably cheap. Quality would need to be better though, for people who care about those sorts of things to be interested though.
  17. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It was $3.99. I bought it for that price!

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