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Where do you buy your music from?

Discussion in 'Pop & Justice' started by peteyjames, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Personally I pay for Spotify so I can use it on my iPhone, and I buy occasional singles on iTunes. I think I've used 7Digital once or twice as well.

    What do you like?

    Which vendors are not using DRM copy-protection anymore?
  2. I buy physical in stores or online. I don't like downloads, I'll import them into my pc to make playlists. I have this thing that when I buy music I need to be able to hold it in my hands and read credits ect.
  3. I'm with you FKarol. I still spend more on CDs than I do on digital music. Got a whole bookcase of CDs.
  4. Which take a whole lot of space! But I love it. Booklets can be so amazing!

    Unfortunately this way I do miss out on Itunes bonus tracks etc. but playlists on youtube sound fine on my stereo.
  5. SockMonkey

    SockMonkey Guest

    This isn't really 'off topic' as it's about music. It was either Retail, Q&A or Lists, charts etc so I've gone for Retail!
  6. SBK


    I'm like you, I pay for spotify so that I can use it on my phone, I mainly use it for older stuff that just pops into my head when I'm on the bus.

    I tend to buy tracks i like off iTunes, and of course CD's for albums.
  7. HMV, supermarkets, charity shops and used/exchange stores for physical CDs and vinyl.

    I used to have an eMusic subscription to get the odd download (80s back catalogue and the more alternative new stuff) but cancelled that a while back. Very occasionally I'll buy a difficult-to-find track on amazon's mp3 site. But I don't like downloads as an end in itself. Gotta have something tangible with the music.
  8. SockMonkey

    SockMonkey Guest

    Same as Eric really. Although I suppose the bulk of what I buy is online. These days I buy more old stuff than I do new stuff. I'm lucky where I live in that as well as the usual HMV there are three big independent stores - which are all generally cheaper than HMV and stock more reasonably priced back catalogue.
  9. MM


    I'm not a fan of downloads either. Not only because I like to have something physical to look at, but also because I don't want to be stuck with an entire collection of 256 kbps songs after they either come up with a way to compress lossless data into a very small file or when hard drives and gadgets like iPods will have so many memory space that it becomes irrelevant if each of your songs is a 40 MB file.
  10. The amount of music I actually download is miniscule compared to the physical product I buy. I also much prefer buying in bricks and mortar shops than online, although obviously that's a difficulty in the current climate.

    I'm the same as several other posters here: Indie stores, record fairs, used music stores, car boot sales. etc, etc. I also try to base any foreign trips around potential music purchases. Online I favour Ebay and Discogs.
  11. SockMonkey

    SockMonkey Guest

    Oh god, you're me! I went to Spain for a couple of days the other month, and decided before I went what CDs I wanted to buy, and worked out where the nearest FNAC was (it was, funnily enough, next door to the hotel).

    We're going to California next month - Amoeba Music, you'd better watch out. I know where you are.
  12. You might actually be onto something there. Currently, planning a trip to LA to visit Amoeba. Spooky!
  13. I buy tracks from iTunes or Amazon.

    For albums, I'll usually buy physical CD's if I want a whole album, although there's certain smaller acts' albums that I download from Amazon or 7Digital as they're usually £4-5 in the first week, to 'discover' and don't necessarily want the CD.
  14. I buy from Amazon in the main, if for no other reason than it's cheap and convenient ... And as I have no patience I usually have the album I'm buying on my iPod beforevrelease anyways so waiting a week for free delivery is no hassles ...

    For a city Edinburgh is pretty crap for buying stuff so only something like 2 for £10 in the HMV sale will entice me to buy ... and it's always cd's i never really bothered enought to buy on release ...

    I do buy tne odd digital release if the CD is not available at the time etc. and try to buy direct from the artist where possible ...

    I no longer buy cd singles as not all tracks are on cd so if i have to have some downloaded tracks i just go for all downloaded so it's all in one place ... and as there are usually promo only tracks etc. the whole lot ends up being sourced ... Until digital packaging gets better it will remain the same for me ...

    Although flawed the Bjork app. Seems a way forward where each album and/or artist has an app or program to house the tracks/artwrk etc. ...
  15. This too (99% of my purchases this year have been catalogue albums, reissues or new compilations of old material.) Oh, and obviously I get quite a few CDs through amazon and amazon marketplace as well (somehow that slipped my mind, haha).
  16. I order mostly used CDs on Amazon.com.

    Almost always in good condition and for cheap.
    Can't really beat it to be honest.

    I refuse to buy digital.
  17. Tribal Spaceman

    Tribal Spaceman Oh, OK.

    I buy CDs from HMV, supermarkets and charity shops, as well as the occasional vinyl.

    I have Spotify free on my phone but I never use it as sadly technology isn't quite ready for me to stream music when I'm out and about, it always cuts off mid song.
  18. I'm too impatient for the post most of the time so rather than buying physicals online I go to HMV on Oxford Street usually. I feel some kind of loyalty to doing my little bit to continue keeping the old dog going (and getting those HMV points - my wallet is bursting with loyalty cards). The experience of browsing for music in shops can not be replicated online or in supermarkets. (I never buy music in supermarkets).

    Sometimes I'll go down to the Music Exchange Shops in Camden, Soho and Greenwich if I've got an hour to spare and blitz those bargain bins and I also love Fopp in Covent Garden for the books and DVDs as well as music.

    I use itunes to buy singles but occasionally if there is a particular campaign on a singles run by an artist I like then I will purchase physicals. The recent Mel C pre order being a good example where the track listing makes purchase worthwhile. I think physical singles would be a lot more popular today if they were manufactured in the same way as they were in the 90's where you could get 6-8 remixes on one CD and lovely limited editions. I occasionally download off Amazon if theres a cheap compilation going (like recent Hed Kandi at 3.99).

    I used to go to Record Fairs a lot and would travel around the UK to them (the one in Northumbria University , Newcastle was amazing at one point - this guy used to turn up with brand new promos still sealed in boxes which would have stuff like Madonna Bedtime stories pink vinyl and blue velvet digi packs which he would sell for 15 quid...

    I used to buy a lot off stuff off ebay and from Record collector too (RIP Energy and Spellbound) but sellers have become a bit too knowing now for my liking. I usually just buy old CD singles off ebay now if I'm minded in trying to complete someones discography.

    Also used to love Pet Sounds in Newcastle and Vinyl tap in Leeds (both gone now I believe). There was also (although I believe its still there) a second hand shop in Hull of all places which was amazing - its just on the outskirts of the City Centre as if you are heading off to Newlands Ave. The Charity Shops there also used to be a treasure trove for rare CD singles. I miss that cheap CD shop on the border of China Town in London - where you used to be able to get all the new albums on the Saturday before release. Was it called Mr CD or something? Amazing places gone forever :(
  19. SockMonkey

    SockMonkey Guest

    Mister CD was the one on Berwick Street in Soho (that's gone too), but I know the one you mean on the edge of Chinatown. There used to be a CD and DVD shop next to each other, run by the same person.

    They're both gone, as is CheapoCheapo - I used to get most of my stuff there when I lived in London. I got to know Trev, this really camp guy who worked there, and he got to know what I liked and would keep the odd thing back for me rather than putting it out. He used to run a stall outside the shop, but eventually only worked inside. I bought so much stuff from that place, and made quite a bit of money buying stuff for 50p and selling it on eBay (I made about 1500 quid one year). It's now a mango bar (i.e. a cafe specialising in mango products).

    London is now quite rubbish for finding promos and the like - the Music & Video Exchanges are the only places left really, apart from the overpriced Reckless - and they're too switched on about what will sell to ever really find major bargains anymore.
  20. I remember both of those, in fact I know the people that ran Energy very well still. I think with a lot of these places, they're still trading albeit in a different way. I know, for instance, that Spellbound are still going on Ebay.

    I could reel off an incredibly long list of shops that I really miss. The original Adrians store in Wickford, Downtown in Romford, Parrot in Basildon, Vinyl Experience in London, the music stalls on Camden Market. That's without going into the foreign shops that are no longer with us.
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