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Thursday, November 5, 2009

My Fellow Canadians, Rejoice: We Finally Have a Good Online MP3 Music Store

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.hmvdigital.ca/

Well, colour me impressed - HMV, a CD and DVD retail chain store in Canada, has launched an online music store. We had a few of them already, but most were re-branded and based on Puretracks on the back end, and up until recently that meant DRM-laden WMA files. Puretracks has been transitioning over to MP3s, but I find their store cumbersome to use. HMV Digital on the other hand, reminds me a lot of Amazon.com's MP3 store - fast, fluid, and simple. The music is in 320kbps MP3 format, which is excellent, and most tracks are 99 cents with a few in the $1.29 range. Albums are in the $9.99 range, and you don't even have to install a downloader if you don't want to - the albums come down in a single ZIP file. And best of all? They allow you to re-download your purchases up to five times, so if you happen to have a data wipe-out, you can get your music from them again. I'm not sure how deep their catalogue goes, but for new releases, this is where I'm going to be doing my shopping. Nicely done HMV!


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Amazon And Other Online Music Stores Raise Prices...Or Have They?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2009/0...l-music-prices/

"You kind of knew it wasn't going to last and that this would happen. The day after iTunes put its price increase into effect (some songs for as high as $1.29, some as low as $.69), the other big online music retailers followed suit. Amazon, Wal-Mart, Lala, and Rhapsody, have now raised their prices as well. All but Walmart now list prices for hot selling and new stuff at $1.29 per song. Walmart is at $1.24...Somewhere some music industry execs are smiling and smoking cigars over this."

I don't mean to contradict my friends over at GottaBeMobile.com, but I figured I'd check out Amazon before I posted this story - and in the listing of top-selling MP3s, you have to go down to #24 before you see a track for $1.29. In the top 100 songs, only nine of them are more expensive than 99 cents. I also checked the Zune store, and most songs are still 79 points with a handful being 99 points. So hopefully this isn't as wide-spread as the post over at GottaBeMobile would suggest...I gues over the next few weeks we'll see.


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