If you actually want the whole CD, there is little reason to buy from the iTMS. You'll get as good quality as you choose to rip (way better than iTunes store quality), no DRM, and.. well.. a real CD quality CD as backup!
I'll buy from iTunes since it's cheaper. Like someone said earlier, I might buy the CD if it's from a favourite band or if I have a gift certificate. I remove all DRM by burning all the purchased songs to a CDRW and reimport them.
I would much rather buy everything from itunes but i dont like the DRM, i dont share my music and i dont make copys and give them around so why should i have to live with the DRM? I would much rather buy it from amazon and rip the cd, that way i can move it around my computers easly.
I checked store but then I realized that I actually buy most of my albums from iTMS. It looks like I've bought about 15-20 full albums on iTunes in the last 2 years and I've only bought probably 10 CDs. The problem though is that most of the full albums I buy aren't available at Best Buy. And even if they are I'll only buy them on sale for 9.99, which they are the week they come out. So I've bought a few albums on iTunes that were more expensive at Best Buy. And now iTunes is gettign all these extras. They convinced me to pre-order the new Killers album with getting the song now, the extra song and the video. I might have to quit buying CDs once I quit working at Best Buy. The only reason I buy them though is because I like to have something for my money. Although I'm never dissatisfied with the quality of iTMS music so I should probably just buy it all off of there.
Neither. Retail stores don't sell any of the music I buy. In the event that the iTunes Store does, assuming I want the whole album, I'd rather get the physical CD from Amazon or something.
If it's just too inconvenient to get a song elsewhere, I might buy from the iTMS, but mostly I don't because
- It's not high quality enough
- I can't play it on other portable players
- You can't easily re-download it if you loose it (of course it's good to keep backups regardless of this)
I only buy cd's when the earth-shaking bass can't be duplicated cleanly enough in a compressed format.
Definitely spent waaay more money in iTMS last few years than in an actual retail music store. Why buy an album for three great songs and eleven that I'll never play?
Store of course for MANY reasons:
1) It has all the inserts etc (iTunes does to but I just scan in anyway)
3) I can rip the songs in whatever format I wont
4) Higher Quality - 128Kbps sound ick! My iTunes is ripped @ 320K/bit
5) I have a shopping center near by so iTunes convenience is lost
6) I can buy some CD's in store on sale for £4-5 that sell on iTunes for £7.99
I bought Christina Aguilera's new album instore for £9 Vs. iTunes £9.99, nuff said! I scanned in the cover and the quality is as good as that from the iTunes store
It really depends on the price. I like getting physical cds when i can, but prices these days make it just so much better to get from the iTMS. I never listen to physical cds, even through a stereo i usualyl just plug in my iPod, so having it as a backup is the only real advantage for me. Now with prices regularly being $15+ for cds that aren't on sale, can you really compete with $9.99?
I have non-mainstream musical tastes, so I usually buy CDs online at Amazon.com or wherever. I like having the physical CD, for the same reasons that many others give here. (Higher quality, "backup," etc.) But if I'm looking for just one or two musical pieces from a CD, then I'll buy them off of iTunes and save money.
1st of all its a dollar or two more usually (sometimes same price) for the cd, plus its the perfect backup. What if aac2 compression, or super lossess comes out and now you have 200 songs bought from itunes that could sound better? with a cd you won't run into that problem. not to mention the ability to play it in a cd player, look at the booklet.
I also like going to cd stores, though I never really go to best buy. They always expose me to something new and I am usually more excited about my purchase.