Do you guys buy everything from the Apple ecosystem (iTunes and iBooks)?

Kendo

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Or do you switch it up with Amazon MP3's and Kindle books?

The anal retentive part of me wants to keep everything within the Apple ecosystem. So far I have only purchased iTunes songs and was planning on buying the Steve Jobs biography and I'm torn whether to go the Kindle route or iBooks route.

The Kindle version seems more appropriate since I can read the books on just about any device, but there is something appealing about buying a book about Steve Jobs on iBooks.
 

Abyssgh0st

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No. I steal virtually everything.

For media I do pay for, I buy songs on iTunes (maybe two a year) and books via Amazon. Reading on an iPad/iPhone/Mac sucks. Kindle DX FTW.
 

Drunken Master

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I mix up music; if it's a really great album, then I'll get the CD or vinyl. Otherwise iTunes.

Don't really read ebooks, just the real thing.
 

decafjava

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CDs or iTunes, I only recently found that I can buy MP3s from amazon.de as before it was only on the US/UK store. Prefer downloads these days for space considerations. :cool:

iBooks, naw, I got quite a few Project Gutenberg books to try it out but the iPhone is not that great for reading. The only book I bought is the Infinity Blade:Awakening just because it is really cheap and a quick read.:eek:

I'll look into getting a Kindle I think to read proper e-books on a comfortable screen. ;)
 

wvuwhat

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If it's a CD I really want, I'll buy the deluxe album from iTune's. Other than that, every song I buy is on Amazon. I bought Job's book on iBooks, but that's my only online book purchase. I hardly ever read, but when I do get a book, I buy it from Amazon, read it, then trade it back in.
 

arkitect

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Amazon is my first choice for CDs. (Also eBay for 2nd hand discs.)
For downloads I go to Passionata, Pristine Classical and eClassical — reasonable prices and they offer Flac.

Books:
Hardcovers it is Amazon or Foyles.
eBooks… the few I have bought have all been via Amazon.

So what do I get from the iTunes store? Nothing apart from Apps…

I am obviously not an "ideal" Apple, Inc. Customer. ;)
 

h1r0ll3r

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Vast majority of music comes from iTunes. I have been purchasing a few albums from Amazon but I like iTunes so I buy more stuff from there. Don't read that much so books aren't an option for me. Never bought a movie or video either.
 

ucfgrad93

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Music - I don't buy many songs, but I buy mainly from iTunes.

Books - I buy books exclusively from Amazon. I would rather read on my Kindle than on my iPhone. Also I can borrow ebooks from my library and read them on my Kindle.

Movies - I don't buy many movies but get them from iTunes when I do.
 

roadbloc

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I occasionally buy movies and music on iTunes, but the majority of my collection is on CDs and DVDs. I buy books on my Kindle.
 

steve2112

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I've never bought any media from Apple. I started buying from Amazon back when iTunes was still using DRM and I have stuck with them. I like the Kindle, so I also buy ebooks from Amazon. For movies, I am lazy. I usually just wait for it to show up on Netflix or something.
 

AlphaDogg

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No. I steal virtually everything.
Me too! I can't remember the last time I actually paid for software. Though sometimes I will listen to a song on youtube and then if I like it enough, I will buy it on iTunes. I also use [torrent website here] for downloading songs
 

macinnv

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I used to buy everything but I buy less and less these days from iTunes. The only time I buy iTunes if they price isnt a big difference. Amazon is way cheaper on a lot of media. A new album that costs 9.99 on iTunes goes for 4.99 on Amazon. Its worth the two seconds to manually import it into iTunes.

As for books - I read a lot and used to love iBooks. With the latest updates though, Kindle is on par and with some features even better than iBooks. Also, books tend to be a lot cheaper too.
 

0098386

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Games from Amazon or wherever the best deal may be (recently picked up the new Wii Zelda limited edition, 3DS Mario, PS3 UMvC3, PC Skyrim and PS3 Rayman for under £100).
Books from Kindles shop.
Music from CDs or free game-rips.
TV shows ripped from DVDs.
Films on Bluray.
 

Scepticalscribe

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Books I still mostly buy (or order) in bookshops, but I have, on occasion, bought something I couldn't otherwise obtain from Amazon. I like the physical sensation of holding a book in my hand, and so have not graduated to Kindle yet.

Re music, I still buy CDs, - which I rip onto iTunes - and I have never downloaded something from iTunes yet. This is mainly because some of my preferences were so obscure that iTunes store never featured them when I went looking for them. Of course, I have bought CDs from Amazon, as well as from high street specialist music shops, or stores.

So, no, I don't buy everything from the Apple (or from any other) economic ecosystem.
 

maflynn

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Music I buy from iTunes, for my books, I buy mostly from amazon for my kindle, though I will buy an iBook from time to time.
 

Demosthenes X

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Kindle bookstore. I usually use iTunes for music, just because it's convenient. And the last time I tried to use Amazon music wasn't available in Canada. No idea if that's changed as I haven't tried since then!
 

Plutonius

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Or do you switch it up with Amazon MP3's and Kindle books?

The anal retentive part of me wants to keep everything within the Apple ecosystem. So far I have only purchased iTunes songs and was planning on buying the Steve Jobs biography and I'm torn whether to go the Kindle route or iBooks route.

The Kindle version seems more appropriate since I can read the books on just about any device, but there is something appealing about buying a book about Steve Jobs on iBooks.
Music on iTunes and Kindle books from Amazon. I found the Kindle app much better then the iBook app although you have to buy books from their website.
 

Uofmtiger

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I buy CDs and blurays mainly from amazon, vinyl from Acoustic Sounds, and subscribe to MOG. I have bought less than 5 songs from iTunes.

For books, I mainly use Amazon...hardback and digital. I like the flexibility of reading on the Kindle, iPad, and iPhone.
 

swedefish

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I buy apps and albums for artists I want to support. It has also happened that I've rented a movie. I rip music videos off youtube and import and as for eBooks, I use the Kindle app on my iPad. I'd buy more music if it was cheaper--I can often buy two albums at discount in store for the same price as one album on iTunes.
 
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