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Ways To Save Money On Music: Money Saving Tips On The Music You Want To Listen To

Updated on March 12, 2011


I'm not sure if you're like me but when it comes to music (and books), I tend to go overboard.

If I could, I'd own millions more CD's and songs than I already have. Currently, my iPod has over 11,000 songs on it and I still look for more!

If you have a lot of genres of music that you listen to like I do, it can become very expensive to say the least trying to buy music.

Or if you happen to like to collect various artists' songs, that too can start to add up to a fair amount of change.

So what to do if you are a music aficionado like me but you don't want to spend a fortune on music?  You adopt some simple money-saving tips like the ones below and you literally have your cake and eat it too!


Don't buy new releases on CD. If you want to have the CD when it first comes out, check for release dates a few months in advance and order them at your local library on-line. Listen to the CD and then if you want to buy the album or several songs from the CD, purchase them on-line and you will save yourself lots of cash.

Tip: You'd also be surprised how quickly you can buy the CD used on eBay or other sites for much less than the original release price!

Shop for used music. Check out music stores, thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, garage sales and swap meets for great bargains on cheap CD's. Used music sounds the same as new music! Just check CD's for scratches. If you buy used, you can listen to it or download it onto your iPod or computer. You can also get fantastic deals on used CD's on many internet sites including eBay and

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Swap with friends. Borrow a friend's or family member's CD to see if you like it or what songs are worth buying on-line. Swap out some of your CD's with them as well. You can learn about new artists this way and really decide if the CD is worth buying.....or is it just one song you "have to have?"

Satellite radio. Although it is an added expense, you don't need to buy the CD's. You can listen to it whenever you want. It all boils down to weighing the pros and much you spend on CD's and how much the service will cost you. If satellite radio is something you can really enjoy and give up purchasing CD's, go for it!

Buy music on-line. You can buy CD's of course on many sites but and other websites have fantastic prices. Or you can purchase MP3’s on, etc. Another great place I buy music often from is The music you download from iTunes though is proprietary. You have to be careful if you change computers or try and move your library to a new computer as there are only so many uses allowable. With MP3 files, you can move them anywhere you like.

Look for free downloadable music on-line. There are songs and websites that let you download music for free. Search those and then if you can't find what you're looking for and really, really want the song, purchase it.  Check out sites like and for free music downloads.

Check public domain songs. There are all kinds of songs available in the public domain for free. Make sure to look for the symbol noted above in the picture and you can download to your heart's content!

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Get free music.  You can listen to radio music for free on many sites.  You can build playlists of artists and songs and you can customize your internet radio to your tastes....all without spending a dime. 

These are some of my favorites for listening and for information:

  • Pandora Radio  - set up multiple genres and artists and decide which music you want to listen to.  Depending upon your preferences, they will offer you "like" artists to sample.  A great way to get to know songs and artists without spending any money!
  • Seeqpod - search engine for music
  • - social network for people with like musical interests - listen to concerts
  • The Hype Machine  - blogged about music
  • Jango and aol music

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In short, there are many ways to get music for free nowadays.

Though it is nice to own CD's and have them to share out, I've found that I'm to the point where I need to have a huge garage sale and get rid of all of mine because I have them on my computer and on my iPod!

Another option is to give them to friends and family, so when folks visit, I generally ask them to look over my collection and see if any of my CD's would be something they'd like to have.

I also swap a lot of CD's with friends and family and then decide if I want to load them on my iPod.

Even if you don't own an iPod though, there are many ways to enjoy music for free on the Internet. Or if you're still into using CD's, you can get them for much less than the new release price...and save a fortune.

Don't count out youtube either. Just about every song you want to listen to can be found on youtube. Many also have the benefit of video presentations with them.

I believe music is one of the best hobbies one can have but it doesn't have to cost a fortune to enjoy these days.

I hope these money-saving tips for music are helpful. If you have more money saving tips for saving money on music, please share them with us in the comment section below.

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