Is there a place to buy mp3s of albums that I can download that isn't Amazon and also has a wider selection than Bandcamp? like, I want to buy some albums that are from popular artists who just aren't on Bandcamp but I also don't want to patronize Amazon if I can help it
@darius a lot of times the labels and or the band websites sell them directly
@showerpickles I will absolutely keep that in mind, that's a good reminder
@darius I generally buy non-BandCamp music from iTunes. AAC is pretty widely-supported, and Apple is arguably less evil than Amazon.
@darius Check the labels themselves or get a physical copy and rip them yourself for storage. That’s how I’ve done it for ages if I can’t find it somewhere decent... just grab a CD and fire up Handbrake.
this, also, i'm using windows, so not itunes. google music is still a thing, but it won't be for long - it's going to be assimilated into youtube. 😬
@darius Qobuz offers to buy DRM-free digital CD-quality (flac, wav and some others) if you want to check
itunes if you're okay with AAC, they are all non-drm'd
@exstral oh this is perfect, I think this is the winner
@darius Yes it's quite nice. I've been a subscriber for a little while now as they also offer Spotify style monthly payments for access to their entire catalogue.
But the player clients they offer leave a lot to be desired, so I'm considering just purchasing and downloading the few albums I actually listen to.
Then I can use whatever player I like :)
@darius I don't know what you're into but try 7digital
@darius I'm not sure about the "wider selection than bandcamp" part but emusic dot com might be something to look into
@devlogic I mean just in terms of extremely popular acts, like top 40 stuff, which tends to be absent from bandcamp
@darius something I also done a few times lately is to order the CD from the label & torrent the MP3. While I rarely open/rip the CD these days after it arrives (and not a fan of the resource use of CD production+shipping) this gives me the peace of mind that I'm supporting the artist. 💖
@darius bleep.com and boomkat.com are great and although I am somewhat stretching the definition of popular
@darius I asked this same question here in January, and while I don't want to go down the rabbithole of finding that thread again, here are the bookmarks I kept from it:
I have since used 7digital and been happy with the experience.
It's a deposit system, rather than pay-as-you-go (but then again, tracks and albums are so cheap, you can spend the $30 you'd spend on 3 albums elsewhere and instead get about 15 albums out of it.
It only offers MP3 as download (no FLAC or anything else).
@darius I've been meaning to try qobuz next time I need to buy music
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