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Amazon 63 15.04%
CD Baby 8 1.91%
HDTracks 60 14.32%
iTrax 3 0.72%
iTunes 88 21.00%
Pono 3 0.72%
Rhapsody/Napster 11 2.63%
Other 91 21.72%
I don't download music 92 21.96%
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post #1 of 125 Old 08-11-2015, 04:09 PM - Thread Starter
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What Is Your Favorite Source for Downloading Music?



Downloading music provides several advantages over streaming for those who care about audio quality. But which source is your favorite?

Streaming music is tremendously popular, but discerning audiophiles usually prefer to download music, especially uncompressed or losslessly compressed high-resolution files. This approach to online music delivery does not depend on available bandwidth for uninterrupted playback and offers higher audio quality than streaming services can generally provide.

Do you download music files? If so, what is your favorite source? Of course, there are many sources for downloadable music, and I can't possibly list them all here, so I'm particularly interested in learning what service you use if you select "Other." Do you download mostly MP3s or high-resolution files?

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I use Tidal as my music discovery service. Now that I've got a new phone, Bubble uPnP no longer drops the connection every fifteen minutes. If I find something I really like, I buy the CD on amazon and rip it to my NAS downstairs. HDTracks was the only download service I took seriously, but their procedures were a serious PITA, and they didn't separate multi-disk downloads properly (IMO).
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I use HD Tracks (have browsed the Pono store but not purchased anything). All of what I download is hi-rez. I still do buy some CDs or other discs (e.g. SACDs) but I buy them to rip in order to play on a music server.
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I download High Rez and redbook resolution titles from HDTracks, itrax, Prostudiomasters, Superhighrez, Nativedsd, Highresaudio in Germany and Qobuz which is based in France. It depends on price and who carries the stuff I want. I have had great results with them all but I have been using HDTracks and Qobuz the most in the last two months.

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I buy redbooks, and rip them lossless. Once in a while, I buy a single song from itunes. Of course, I would prefer high res, but 95% of the music I listen to doesn't exist in high res. Still dreaming...
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Buy Amazon lately but did buy on iTunes from time to time but feel like I am getting ripped off because of the quality of the download. I use Pandora/YouTube to discover new music then buy it via Amazon or HDTracks, some in HiRez some not all depends. But what I really like about Amazon is when you buy the CD you get a free rip as well so you don't have to wait for the CD too show up to at least enjoy it, but then I rip in AIFF and and listen too most of my music files vial my Oppo 105D unit for now, which is nice because it reads everything. DSD/WAF/AIFF/Apple Lossless you name it. I must admit I also think Amazon streaming services via the AutoRip feature sounds better than iTunes Streaming or any other streaming service with the exception of Tidal which I have tried. But I don't want to rent my music, if I like it a lot I want to own it. I have been also using Blue Coast Records for DSD rips with good results, but they need to lower their pricing.
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HDTracks but looking always for other sources of similar quality...
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Usually Youtube, and rarely Pandora. Used to use Grooveshark as well but they shut down.
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iTunes. Now with Apple Music I get all their full quality music downloaded to my phone for only $15 a month (family plan). Being younger in age,most people I know steal their music from torrents. They all loved when Id get in their car and play my much higher quality iTunes music lol. Got most of them buying stuff now since they can't stand their own torrented quality music anymore!
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HD Tracks for me, 24bit 96kHz worth the price.
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I use Google since I can buy tracks in 320k MP3, I woudl use HDTracks and such, but as someone else said 99% of what I buy is not in Hi-Rez, shame on Steve Jobs, he was an Audiphile and there were always rumours he was going to do at least 24-bit itunes offerings. Even though most people are consuming musics though inferior quality means, there is still a market for hi-rez music.
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I use Acoustic Sounds to get dsd single and double rate downloads

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Thought I was going to be in the minority when I clicked "I don't download music" in this poll, like some reclusive creature locked in the basement. Glad to see that wasn't the case.

Like others noted above, the quality of downloads on the whole has been less than stellar with some exceptions. I like ripping CD or SACD physical media to my NAS in full lossless resolution. I think I have spent $3 with Apple since the launch of iTunes.
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i don't download music

i buy CDs
Me TOO ! and if I'm real lucky I can buy the Blu Ray Audio copy.
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Use em all. Except iTunes.. the most worthless piece of garbage.. I hate you so much.
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I download from Rhapsody to my phone to use it in zero coverage areas like Subways and the Catskills and Cape Cod Beaches.
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i don't download music

i buy CDs
Ditto. All classical and jazz, burned to flac for use on a plex music-only server. The CDs are my backups.

Pandora is fine when I just want something playing in the background.
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Started iTunes with a 10GB 2nd Gen iPod in 2002. Imported all my rips into iTunes. I bought only CDs for about the next 7-8 years, and ripped them. iTunes sucked way back then, but it was the easiest way to get music to my ipod. I ran winamp for a very long time, up until about the time I stopped buying CDs. Around 2008, I got an iPhone, and I was tired of losing CDs, having them get scrached up in my car, or carrying them back and forth from the car to the house. Digital became much more convenient, I could hook the phone up in the car, I had a dock in the livingroom, and I carried my phone everywhere. So, I have made most of my purchases since then through iTunes. I have bought a few CDs since then, but mostly if I buy, it is through iTunes, not because it is the best, but probably because it is the most convenient now. I do alot of streaming from pandora, or XM. I am on the fence about spending more money to stream from iTunes or spotify.
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why pay while there are tons of lossless torrents..
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I prefer physical media, but when that's not offered my download source depends on the specific track.

Often artists (e.g. Radiohead) will sell lossless stuff directly. There's no reason for such established artists to use a service, really.

If something I like is an exclusive on iTunes that's pretty much the only time I spend money for lossy compression music.

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Google Music but honestly I basically just stream music nowadays or watch on vevo or youtube.

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I buy CDs mainly for control of the media and to have a backup. I've used grooveshark before to stream songs I liked but not enough to buy the entire album.
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Another moment of poll frustration - people can only select ONE answer.

I prefer HDtracks yet it has a very small catalogue. This then sets me on a path to say some other service such as iTunes. I may even end up with more downloads from iTunes.

This type of poll is like social statistics - skewed right out the door..
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Me TOO ! and if I'm real lucky I can buy the Blu Ray Audio copy.

Yup, CD/SACD/DVD-A/Blu ray buyer here, I just don't trust hhd enough to just buy down loadble, and just that!

No way.

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CD, SACD, DVD-A, Bluray...

I like having discs and I like having them on my NAS. For a traditional Friday night of extreme tunage, I play the discs from start to finish... Yup, I'm old!

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