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Where to Buy Music Online

Updated on March 21, 2013
The Lumineers
The Lumineers

Purchasing Music Online

The wonderful world of the internet has made getting music far easier. You don't have to leave your house, you can have it almost instantly, and you face a moral crisis every single time.

To torrent or not to torrent?

Well, I don't torrent... But, it's mostly because I feel morally obligated to pay an artist for their work. However, most record companies take a significant amount out of the record sale profit and the artist makes their money from merchandise and concerts. So, there's a whole other moral dilemma there.

Anyway, there are four major sites that one can purchase their music.

iTunes

Amazon

Rhapsody

eMusic

Each provide a way to listen to music through subscription or through downloading. Other sites like Pandora and Spotify where you can listen to radio-like streams based on your interests. Spotify also let's people search and listen to music for free, but only on a computer. For monthly fees you can listen to whatever you want, but my music friends have warned me that the music quality is lesser, because they aren't charging full price.

Samples of Price Differences

Music Website
*Price for Lumineers Album
Price for Fun. Album
Price for Pink Album
Price for Led Zeppelin Album
iTunes
$9.99/$1.29 per song
$7.99/$1.29 per song
$7.99/$1.29 per song
$14.99/$1.29 per song
Amazon
$9.49/$0.99 per song
$7.99/$1.29 per song
$7.99/$1.29 per song
$14.49/$1.29 per song
**Rhapsody
$10 a month
$10 a month
$10 a month
$10 a month
eMuisic
$9.99/$1.29 per song
$9.99/$1.29 per song
$10.99/$1.29 per song
$14.99 album only
*The albums are either their most recent or greatest hits. **Rhapsody is based on a subscription.
Fun.
Fun.

Shop Around

As you have seen in the chart, there isn't a definitive answer to who has the cheapest deals when it comes to downloading. Sometimes newer albums are more expensive and sometimes the classics are, but the most important thing to do is to not just go to one source for all of your musical needs.

There are still record shop too, ya know... So, if you can go support your local record shop every once in a while. They might not have everything you are looking for, but they could have something you didn't know you were.

How do You Get Your Music?

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