I don't buy digital music. I have iTunes installed for my iPod, but have not purchased a single song from the iTunes store. I love the idea, love Apples's implementation, but I still won't buy music that way.
I've been buying used CD's for a couple of years now, mostly from a local store that always has a great selection. But over the last year or so I've been buying more and more used cd's online, and so far it's been great.
So, as a service to readers, I thought I post a little comparison chart of the major differences between online and used...
|Selection||I've been able to get CD's that are out of print||Huge, but limited by record companies||Used|
|Quality of music||I can rip the CD to MP3 in any bitrate I want, typically 192||128 it seems is the norm for online services||Used|
|Freedom||The CD's are mine. If anything happens to my MP3's, I can just rip the CD again||Locked in with Apple format (AAC)||Used|
|Delivery||Most have been delivered w/in a week or so||Immediate||iTunes|
|Cost||$5.00 or less for a whole CD. My average cost for the last 10 has been about $4.00||$0.99 cents a song or $9.99 for a full record||Used|
|The winner for me?||Used|
I'm not picking on iTunes here. Because I have an iPod, I'm limited to which digital music stores I can use. I don't care for the DRM that any of these services have. They limit my choices for playing the music back. This became even more important when I recently had to install a new car stereo and I chose one that could play CD's with MP3's.
What do you think? Are you buying music through a digital service? If so, what am I missing?