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Zhenya Do you buy music where? (39) RE: Do you buy music where? 18 Nov 07

I've all but given up buying music in stores. The selection for the types of music I like most is usually very limited, and the music isn't organized well. Also, I've gotten spoiled by the online ability to hear samples before I purchase.

I go to a lot of concerts, big and small, and almost always buy CDs there, if something is available that I don't have yet. Each one is not only good music to listen to, but a nice memory of the concert as well.

I buy lots of CDs online, from several specialty catalogues: Elderly, Folk Legacy, Thirty Below, Compass, Ossian, County, Cdbaby, Musical Traditions , CD Universe, Smithsonian Folkways, etc., etc.

I also have an eMusic subscription for downloads (no DRM on this site, by the way) and have gotten some other downloads from Tradtunes (Irish, Scottish, English), and the new Amazon MP3 service. I haven't tried the Smithsonian Folkways download service yet, but I'm glad to hear that works well, and will probably try it in the future.

If I'm looking for an entire album, I do always consider whether to buy a CD before I download something. If it's a favorite artist, or I already know the album has great liner notes, I'll go for the CD. For experimenting with new music, when I'm not sure how much I'll like it, I prefer eMusic because the downloaded album is usually much, much cheaper than the CD . I've also been able to find some items that have been out of print and never made it onto CD, but are now available as downloads.

I listen a lot every day, on CDs, iPods, and PC. I do prefer the uncompressed sound of the CDs, but I also love the convenience of being able to get to everything in my large collection quickly, and to shuffle play the music in the digital formats.

I bought my first LP with my allowance money when I was about 11 or 12, in the late 60s, and since then have bought on average about 1 album a week. I've read that as people get older and mature, they stop buying much music, so I have to conclude I've simply never grown up!

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