iTunes Music vs Original CD's

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by NZed, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. NZed macrumors 65816

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    So I've been checking prices and realize that maybe albums on the iTunes Store is more expensive than a real physical CD. I know buying off itunes saves time and if you live in a place where CD's are impossible to fine, its worth it. Also, it saves space and probably global warming.

    I live near the CBD and access to real CD's are not hard at all. And with CDs that are cheaper than iTunes, i would probably still buy it from itunes.

    What would you do? Buy it physically or online?
     
  2. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    I buy physically online from Amazon. Even after $3 shipping, I save money, I get a physical product that I can resell, and I have a back up.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Where I live, CDs are more expensive than iTunes (or at least they were the last time I looked), and then, it's not worth the effort to go to the store.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Last time I looked at a CD it was way more expensive than on iTunes (conditional on being in iTunes). With the convenience of just hitting a button and getting it all downloaded, I haven't bothered actually going out to look. However, when I can't find something on iTunes, I usually manage to find what I want on Amazon for a decent price.
     
  5. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    The worst price discrepancy I have seen is 22$, for a double album (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence from Dream Theater, if you want to know). 32$ at the local music store, 9,99$ on iTunes.
     
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Wow, that's crazy...

    I was once waiting for a train in France and wandered into a Virgin store. I left wondering who in their right mind would pay 25 Euros for a CD...
     
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    I haven't bought a CD since about 1995 or so but when I asked what the average prices of a single CD are these days, people on MR replied that they are about $15 or so. With that in Mind, I always bought my music on iTunes since the average price there was $9.99. Then don't forget the price of gas driving to a gas station. With iTunes, I can have the music in five minutes.

    My old CDs and DVDs are sitting in several of those old Case Logic 100 CD albums collecting dust. What I could not find on iTunes, I ripped since some of them have been out of print for 10-15 years.
     
  9. -lefty macrumors member

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    I still buy CDs as they are a lot cheaper than on iTunes, i can usually pick them up on eBay for around £3 including P&P. The rest come from Amazon, i think CDs are better as they're physical and i can rip them to Flac. Nice to look at as well :)
     
  10. tablo13 macrumors 65816

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    If you think about it, it's iTunes that are more expensive. Digital downloads don't really cost that much-- maybe the server cost. I would buy the CD instead of on iTunes-- best quality.
     
  11. Nermal Moderator

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    I tend to buy CDs, since you get the lyric booklet etc. I've seen a few albums in iTunes that include the book, but they're few and far between.
     
  12. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    And it's only six songs (realistically). :eek:

    Great album, though. I bought the CD some time ago. I think I paid around $20-22 for it at the time.
     
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  14. applefan289 macrumors 68000

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    Anything I can buy on iTunes, I buy. When I can't find what I'm looking for, I will then order it online (usually if iTunes doesn't have it, my local store doesn't have it either).
     
  15. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

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    Except if you sell the CD, you no longer have the right to access your digital copy of it.
     
  16. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I guess it's better than blatantly pirating :D
     
  17. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    I prefer original CDs. I can then rip lossless FLAC copies and listen to them using Fidelia. The best quality iTunes offers is, what, 256 kbps? Absolutely atrocious quality and for 99 cents a song?! That may make sense for some music, but for any textured music, it's a waste.
     
  18. -lefty macrumors member

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    This, why cant Apple offer FLAC/ALAC on the iTunes store, especially now that 1080P is offered for films and TV shows
     
  19. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I'd rather buy the CD. So then I've got a physical copy to easily play in the car or anywhere else needed, and a ripped copy for my MP3 player (thanks to CDDB) with all my meta data and album art intact at any bit rate I want.

    Also I love that I've inherited my parents record collection (well, the good bits ;)). Even ripped them to MP3 for them for all our iPods.
     

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