bms at mscis.org
Sat Jan 10 23:25:21 MST 2009
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Wade Preston Shearer wrote:
> On 10 Jan 2009, at 16:41, Brandon Stout wrote:
>> Maybe I'm old fashioned this way, but since mp3s and ogg's don't have CD
>> quality sound, I prefer buying the CD, then ripping to FLAC and using
>> any player that supports FLAC decoding on any platform... or... just put
>> the CD in the drive and play it. When I looked at itunes purchases, I
>> found that buying the CD was much less than buying every song on a cd in
>> itunes format, so from my experience it's higher quality for less if you
>> go with my antique 'buy the CD' method.
> You'll have to give us to examples for me to believe that. Every time
> I have glanced at CDs in the store over the past several years, they
> are still priced in the $13-$16 range and I don't think I have paid
> more than $11.99 (usually $9.99) for albums through iTunes.
You have to go with collections, which is usually what I go with.
Example 1: The Kingston Trio, a folk group from the 60's that sing
songs my dad played (and still plays when I twist his arm enough) on his
guitar while I grew up, and now I play the same songs on my guitar.
Their oldies but goodies. Album: The Capitol Years. I can get it for
less than $40, including shipping here:
If I buy used I might even get it for less than $30. I might even beat
that by searching multiple sites. With this collection, I get 97
songs. If I buy them individually, I pay $96.03.
Example 2: Say I want something more modern, like the Beach Boys...
just kidding, although their good, too. Phil Collins Platinum
Collection I can get for $26.95 here:
That's 35 songs, which would cost me $34.65 if I get the same songs via
digital purchase from Amazon. I still saved a few bucks, and I haven't
even looked at the used CD prices.
I admit, it's getting closer. Last time I checked, I only looked at
itunes and it was $1.99 per song. Then again, I can always buy CDs used
but almost as good as new for even less...
There's another advantage. I don't have to worry about DRM. I own the
CD, and I can play it on anything I want. I can mp3 it or ogg it for a
portable device, I can FLAC it for a computer, or I can mp3 it and play
it in my dvd player on my TV.
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