iTunes plus upgrades

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Matthew., Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Matthew. macrumors regular

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    I've just tried to upgrade my purchased songs to DRM free, and looking through the list I've found a few albums that I no longer have in my iTunes library, or even my computer.

    I don't fancy paying for these considering I'll never listen to them, so does anyone know of a way to stop this happening? A way to remove them from my iTunes purchased list perhaps?
     
  2. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    no. it is an all or nothing purchase. It is based off of itune's computer record of your purchase, so you just can't delete it and think that itunes will also forget it as well.

    I guess those "impulse" purchases of "mmmm....Bop" are biting you in the butt again :)

    another reason to support Amazon.com music store. No drm, higher bit rate. Too bad for "herd mentality"
     
  3. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    Amazon uses MP3 which IMO, is inferior to AAC.

    Don
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Well, since now most future iTunes purchases will be DRM free (who are the hold outs?), and like Dmac77 said, the iTunes+ downloads are generally higher quality, there's no reason to "support" Amazon over iTunes.
     
  5. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    in the past, the newest songs on amazon were 89 cents.

    89 cents for DRM-free higher bit rate

    itunes was 99 cents for DRM + 30 cents to unlock it, and if you want to unlock a song, you have to unlock ALL your songs. so the cost of upgrading at this point is much higher

    While I concede that aac is more efficient than mp3, i think that they are identical sounding to 99% of people using standard headphones, and given the same bitrate, even with higher quality headphones, they are still identical.

    and with the 3 tiered pricing, it seems likely that the newest songs will be the $1.29 vs 89 cents for amazon

    again, it depends on musical taste. If you don't listen to the latest music, then itunes will be more economical.
     
  6. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    It also comes down to convenience. A lot of people who use the iTMS use it because it is convenient. I also prefer navigating the iTMS on the rare occasion that I download music from a service. I'll probably start to use the iTMS more, now, because al music will be offered in 256 kb/s, which is usable for me (192 is my bare minimum).

    Don
     
  7. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, browsing the amazon store is a chore. usually i'm not browsing for music. I search for the song directly. Itunes is much more conducive for browsing for music.

    it is also easier to create ringtones since you don't have to transcode the files from mp3 to aac.

    but now i have to check itunes to see if the plus version exists whenever i go for songs. but when the price goes up, i'll go to amazon to check.
     

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