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#1 Old 12-23-2003, 10:58 AM
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Okay I'm still a fan of iTunes (although not of Apple) but I have a few issues to vent: First, I just hit 50 songs purchased. That's $49.50. I don't have $49.50. Stupid addictive toys.



More importantly, what the frenchfries happened to $9.99 albums?!?! I am seeing far too many "partial album" albums that offer *all the songs on the album* for .99 each but b/c they're listed as partial albums, if I want the whole album, I have to pay, for example, $17 (in the case today where I wanted to buy Ice Cube's Greatest Hits).



That's bull.



Besides that HUGE problem, I'm still a fan. It's a great media player at least, plus there are still 99 cent songs
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#2 Old 12-23-2003, 11:02 AM
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One Word - Library



I know it's less convenient and all but you'd be surprised at how many new releases they have. This is at least the case in downtown Clevelands main library. Is that a possibility for you?
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One Word - Library [...] Is that a possibility for you?

Perhaps, although I doubt the "downtown" Newark library (the "downtownness" of downtown Newark is a joke) has much of a selection. And to be honest, I'm all for being a responsible music purchaser rather than copying/downloading, but if the cheaper CDs I was promised by the hegemonic record industry doesn't obtain, I'm not going to stay good for long.
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#4 Old 12-23-2003, 12:35 PM
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I dig iTunes for a number of reasons, but I have yet to buy a single track. Maybe I'm just stuck in the past, but I like having the CD. Mainly for the superior sound quality, but also for the liner notes and artwork that you don't get when downloading. Yep, CD's are ridiculously overpriced, especially since the artist in most cases receives a pittance of that price. More and more I'm getting my CDs on eBay-new or used, I pay a fraction of what I'd pay at a retailer and it's 100% legal. Maybe not as convenient as iTunes store, but I'm willing to click the mouse a few extra times and when they arrive, rip 'em in iTunes and download 'em to the iPod.
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Maxie, you don't own a Mac, right?
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Maybe I'm just stuck in the past, but I like having the CD. Mainly for the superior sound quality, but also for the liner notes and artwork that you don't get when downloading.

The AAC format that iTunes music comes in is CD quality. Not "MP3 CD quality" which ain't CD quality. It's freaking CD quality. So do not fear that aspect of downloading music.



Artwork shmartwork. I throw all my jewel cases and liners away. Meaningless packaging. But that's just me.



Blueapple I'm not answering you b/c I'm not turning this into a Macintosh bashing nor a PC bashing thread. I didn't mention anything about Macintosh. This is about Apple and their music service.
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I myself download from musicmatch. It works well with my Dell jukebox. Plus I can convert the files to cd, and play them in my cd player if I wish.
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The AAC format that iTunes music comes in is CD quality. Not "MP3 CD quality" which ain't CD quality. It's freaking CD quality. So do not fear that aspect of downloading music.



AAC is definitely superior to MP3, but not CD. You'd have to rip a CD as AIFF to get the same sound quality. Not that AAC isn't really close-most people probably couldn't tell the difference. I have to be listening on a REALLY good system to hear it myself.



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Artwork shmartwork. I throw all my jewel cases and liners away. Meaningless packaging. But that's just me.



Many times I'll be listening think to myself "damn, this drummer (or horn player, pianist, etc.) kicks ass!" I like being able to check the insert and see who it is. Also nice to have the lyrics when they're included.
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AAC is definitely superior to MP3, but not CD. You'd have to rip a CD as AIFF to get the same sound quality. Not that AAC isn't really close-most people probably couldn't tell the difference.

Exactly. I have a "slightly better than average" setup in my car the AAC-source music sounds as good as manufactured CDs. When I really notice the difference is when I have a mix of AAC and "CD quality" MP3s on one CD. Track by track you can definitely tell the difference!
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http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/biztech...eut/index.html



Sorta related... it has to do with iTunes!
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Thanks DK... That's gonna be... weird... MUSICAL BOTTLECAPS?!?!? Yikes!
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#12 Old 11-18-2004, 05:41 AM
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I don't think iTunes would work for me. I listen to a lot of punk music, and, for example, Punk-O-Rama 5 has about 28 songs on there. The CD only costs $5 or less. If I download those songs at .99, its just not cost effecient. Or Ramones-Mania, about $13-15, and there are 30 songs on one cd. Yeah, if I listen to the popular music, where every cd has exactly 12 songs at 3mins. then it'd work out, but most of my music is like 1-2 min. songs. Cds have like 15+ tracks. Even more so, a lot of punk rockers encourage file swapping. Why whould I use iTunes for this genre?
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