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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

How Do iTunes Alternatives Stack Up?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/itun...es-compare/2750

"Is iTunes still the most expensive digital music service? Which iTunes alternative offers the best deal for music lovers? Are digital albums a better deal than CDs? And just how much are you overpaying if you buy by the track instead of by the album? Those are the questions I set out to answer in this, the third installment of my "iTunes alternatives" series. My previous installments were in April 2009 and April 2010, and I had planned to wait until April of next year to revisit this turf. But so much has happened in the digital music space this year that I just couldn't wait. And there will probably be a whole new set of changes to look at by next April anyway."

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Wondering how the likes of Amazon, Napster, Zune, and others stack up against iTunes in terms of pricing, availability, and other factors? Check out Ed Bott's article to find out more. Personally, I buy my MP3s from Amazon.com or HMV Digtial (in Canada) depending on who has the lower price. You?


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Physical CD Prices Now Lower Than Digital Downloads?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I'm starting to see a pattern emerge with more frequency when it comes to physical CD prices versus digital downloads: the purely digital versions of songs, when packaged in album form, are more costly than the physical CD. It doesn't happen all the time, but today I found it twice: once, with the Lee Dewyze album shown above, and the Glee Volume 4 album. In both cases, the physical CD is $2 less. This makes me think that record companies are willing to make less profit on physical disc sales in order to prop up falling sales, but I wonder what it says about us as consumers - is it worth paying more for the instant gratification? Or is it more that buying a physical disc and ripping it is a hassle and it's easier to stick to being purely digital? I wish Amazon offered Amazon Prime in Canada, because then there'd be no shipping costs and I'd easily select the physical disc option every time.

What about you? Do you still prefer to own a physical CD, or is it worth it to pay slightly more in order to have the instant gratification of a physical download?


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