If you have no reason to ditch iTunes, that might convince you

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Jibbajabba, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

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    Granted, there might be other albums cheaper on iTunes, but random searches showed the below - and annoyingly I checked some albums I recently bought and I could have saved £20 just over the last three weeks :(

    Left - Google, Right - iTunes (downloads on Google are plain MP3s)

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    And yes, in Macrumors style I am sure I am opening one of those

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    But regardless - ALL albums I looked for are sometimes £4-7 cheaper on google.. Clearly shows that publisher don't like the 30% take-home from Apple.
     
  2. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    That's if you actually buy music on iTunes. I download them from other sources.

    I just want a place to classify my music and sync them over to my iOS devices. So, not reason to ditch iTunes for me.:)
     
  3. AppleMaster9 macrumors regular

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    Ahoy to ye too matie. ;)
     
  4. cnguyen0320 macrumors regular

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    Don't buy music from iTunes. End of story. They never really have low prices on iTunes. Just buy somewhere else and import it into iTunes.
     
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    Where do you prefer to buy music? What software do you use to covert it to mp4?
     
  7. cnguyen0320 macrumors regular

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    I don't buy music. I normally just use radio since my phone is 16gb and too small to carry a nice library anyway. But i'm saying you have loads of options of where to buy music. Amazon is a good place to look.

    Also you can find this program called Any Video Converter. You can download off Cnet's download.com and it is free. There is a pro version but the free version will work fine for converting videos and music to many different formats.
     
  8. siiip5 macrumors 6502

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    Sales prices are at the bottom of the reasons not to use itunes. The main reason is simply that the software is crap and always has been. I still use it because I have non jail broken ATV's as legacy hardware. Transitioning to Roku 2XS's and Plex. And I hate what Apple did to this latest iTunes update. Gotta love their thought process that if you don't give a TV show a category, well then we must not want it in iTunes. And of course it makes perfect sense that I would want some shows to have multiple seasons under one link like with the show Nikita, but other shows like Spartacus we want multiple links, one for each season. God I hate iTunes. Most user unfriendly POS ever designed.
     
  9. Jibbajabba thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Amen to that ...
     
  10. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Along with all my apps and data I've easily got more than a thousand songs on my 16GB phone.... how many do you need?
     
  11. mackandproud macrumors 6502

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    I can't recall how much I've spent on itunes. It's under $5 though. And it may be zero. I've downloaded very few songs from itunes. 128 and 256 bitrates are a joke. I'd much rather get my music from a CD.

    Most people don't care about quality though. They'll pirate a movie with 240 lines of resolution rather than pay $10 or $20 for a blu ray with perfect PQ. Same goes for music.
     
  12. hyteckit, Dec 10, 2012
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    I wouldn't buy music from iTunes or Google Play.

    I just buy my songs from Amazon and then use iTunes to manage it.

    Usher Confessions:
    Amazon: $2.99
    Google: $5.99

    Earth, Wind & Fire:
    Amazon: $2.99
    Google: $6.99


    Rihanna Unapologetic:
    Amazon: $9.99
    Google: $11.49
     
  13. 3bs macrumors 603

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  14. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I am pretty sure mp3's work...you only have to convert them to mp4's if you want to use them as a ringtone.
     
  15. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    Thst's my excuse as well, I just bought an album from the play store and TBH, it was easy to import it to iTunes. Will be doing the same in future.
     
  16. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Does Google have a place where you can re-download any of the music you've purchased? Is it linked to your account?
     
  17. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    You can but it's slightly limited

    From the website you can download a song only twice
    from the music manager you can download purchases once*

    *there is an option to download full library but unsure if this has any restrictions as i haven't tried it
     
  18. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    I never checked although when I did download it the first time a note came up saying that it could only be downloaded twice (Or similar on those lines). It didnt bother me because I put it straight in my iTunes and on a NAS that I use with my Sonos system throughout the house.

    It is linked to your account, at first it is just stored in the Google music (cloud) until one wants to download it.

    I'm not sure that I made a whole load of sense there, if I didn't, give me a shout and I will try to re explain.:)
     
  19. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Then I'll probably be sticking to iTunes since I'll have the peace of mind that if I were to ever lose the songs I have that I can just re-download them.
     
  20. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    You could download it, save it in iTunes, and update your iTunes match and have it in the iCloud also.

    I think.

    It may be simpler for me because to have my album playable from Sonos without having my MBP on all the time I transfer it to a NAS, so It realy isn't a bother for me.
     
  21. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I don't actually use iTunes match. I'm not sure if it's available for Ireland and I'm not even sure what it does but I'll look into it.
     
  22. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    iTunes match essentially stores all of your songs in the cloud. This way you can stream it from any iOS device, or any computer whch is running iTunes that you have logged in to. If You are familiar with Google Music, it is essentially the same service, with the exception that you don't have to upload those tracks which are available on iTunes already, whereas Google Music as you uploading 100% of your collection.
     
  23. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    Matching service for google is being rolled out

    when parts of europe got match in October (or was it November) they got the match service

    I am uploading now (majority of which just get matched to the song already on google)
     
  24. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I might actually get it since it's only €25 a year. Does it match songs based on names of songs/artists/albums or does it analyse the songs?
     
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Supposedly it analyses them... I have had mixed success. There are tracks that I KNOW are sold on iTunes that it failed to match, and thus required me to upload. I don't purchase anything from iTunes myself. I would say about 2/3 of my library (not TOO big, maybe 5k songs) was matched.

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    That's neat. Still free?
     

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