Buying music online VS Buying the CD

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Liquinn, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. Liquinn Suspended

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    Hi, what are you lots thought on the subject of legally downloading music and paying for it versus buying the physical CD?

    I honestly do both (buy the music/album online) and buy the physical CD.

    But a download you can't get signed by the band, even if you have paid for it?

    And a CD is more showy to some degree and then you can rip it to how you want it.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Jo-Bros got no prob signing your digital downloads.

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    I just don't feel like I 'own' it by buying an album online.
     
  5. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    It's pretty ridiculous, but I feel the same way. I always buy the CD. :eek:
     
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    Prefer the physical one unless I can download in lossless.
     
  9. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    If I just want a song or two, I purchase and download individual tracks. For entire albums, I mostly buy the CD.

    Do whichever is going to make you happier. I don't think there's a "right" way to buy your music.
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Always buy CDs if I want the album. I like lossless, populated shelves and the price (I leave a ton of stuff in my HMV wish list, eventually 90% will drop <£5).

    If I want a single I'll get it from iTunes, then pirate the FLAC/ALAC and run it through a spectral analyser to make sure it's real.
     
  11. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    The Wiki confused me. What is lossless?
     
  12. AdrianK, Aug 28, 2011
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    MP3 and AAC (what iTunes uses) are lossy formats. They take in input, but they discard lots of the less essential material when encoding to save space.

    Lossless encoding takes and input and encodes it without removing anything. It is bit-for-bit identical to the original.

    This is NOT the same as compression. Compression is lossless in that no information is ever destroyed, just stored in a more economical fashion. Lossy formats almost always utilise compression (after all, the point is to save space), lossy can be either, ALAC and FLAC are both compressed.

    CDs are encoded with LPCM (uncompressed lossless), digital downloads are very rarely available in a lossless format.

    Images are another example; JPG is lossy and PNG is lossless.

    Here's a graphical comparison:

    Lossless
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    Lossy
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  13. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for taking the time to type all that. So does using lossless make it sound better, or more intricate or something? :eek:
     
  14. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    It makes it sound just like the original.

    Lossless is essentially that. It doesn't lose any quality. Lossy loses some quality to save space.
     
  15. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    So yes? Awesome. I don't really use iTunes, so I'm pretty much clueless.
     
  16. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    It's all subjective, really. Some people won't nice, some will - especially on high-end equipment.
     
  17. Azadre macrumors 6502

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    I own all of the music in my collection, but I have not purchased a CD in years.
     
  18. Tiggs macrumors 6502

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    How often are people getting CD's signed by the band? Don't think I've ever gotten one of mine signed back when I did buy CD's
     
  19. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Digital downloads only for me... not only do I save money (I bought an album for 9,99$, which was sold for 35,99$ at the local record store), but I don't even have to get off my chair. If I want an album right now, I get it right now.

    And I don't mind the loss of quality. I can hear it on 128kbps mp3, but not on 320kbps mp3 or 256kbps AAC.
     
  20. Ravaroo macrumors 6502

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    the low bit rate mp3s that iTunes had available in their earlier years were hit or miss as far as sound quality went. Once they switched to AAC, sound quality definitely improved.
    I still have 100s of CDs on the shelf and will occasionally buy a physical copy if it's a band I already have a history with..but the convenience of digital downloading is getting tough to beat
     
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    I prefer to buy the CD ... still have the first CD I bought in 1987 ... Supertramp Crime of the Century
     
  22. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    However having found the new HD music service that lets you download FLAC files.... This is nice. If I could get all of my future cd purchases like this, I wouldn't buy the cd any more. I would, like everyone, make sure I have a good back up plan.
     
  23. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Same here
     
  24. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    When I buy, I prefer the CD.

    I also have MOG. It is a music rental type service (like Spotify, Rhapsody, etc) and they use 320kbps encoding. It allows me to have a universe of songs are my disposal in a very good format. If a lossless service with the same catalog came along, I would switch, though.
     
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I prefer downloads. Don't like having to store physical media.
     

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