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    Question Anyone still buy music?

    Just wondering if anyone still buys music on iTunes or if everything is now about renting from Spotify, Rdio, or (name other web music host)? It seems like I only ever see people talk about switching to Spotify etc. and how great the services are, but I still have a hard time seeing the allure. I prefer the Music app to the third party apps (especially when integrating into car stereos) because it has a cleaner and easier layout generally (took me forever to find the dedicated Airplay button on Spotify). I understand that for $9.99/mo. you have access to a lot of music, but they still lack a lot too. Since nowadays it seems that albums are on sale constantly between iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and DRM is gone so it doesn't matter where you buy from, buying albums is easier and cheaper than ever. Anyways, just wondering if anyone else still prefers to purchase or if maybe I'm missing the real tangible benefits to the streaming music companies.

    Thanks for input.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I prefer to own my music. I won't pay for streaming music.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I'm still even older school... Buy CDs at garage sales, and rip 'em to iTunes library
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I rarely purchase music anymore. Maybe it's because I'm getting up in age or something......I really don't listen to a lot of today's music unless I'm in the car with my wife and/or kids. I prefer conservative talk radio and old school music (of which I have a ton backed up on an external drive). As for Internet radio, I prefer to listen to Pandora because the old school custom channels I configure provide what I like in comparison to Spotift, 8Track and others I've tried.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    I'm still even older school... Buy CDs at garage sales, and rip 'em to iTunes library
    Heck, I still have a ton of CDs that I've yet to rip...
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I've got a bunch of old records (you know, vinyl discs that rotate at 33 1/3 RPM and are read through a swing arm mechanism containing a tiny needle) that I am dying to rip into MP3 format. Geez, do you think I'm showing my age?

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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    due to music i stream i have disvovered so many bands that i ended up liking and purchasing their music

    kind of a costly method but i cannot tell you how many times i have purchased a CD just to find out there were really only 1-2 good songs on it
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Well I'm not that old, and yes I still purchase music from my favorite artists, even though I use songza mostly to find new music mostly.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Just rip my cd's, never have streamed.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paradocks View Post
    I've got a bunch of old records (you know, vinyl discs that rotate at 33 1/3 RPM and are read through a swing arm mechanism containing a tiny needle) that I am dying to rip into MP3 format. Geez, do you think I'm showing my age?

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    (laughing)....Yes, you are showing your age, but I'm right there with you, my friend. I'd take the wholesome and cracking sound of an LP or 45 record over a CD any day...
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    Heck, I still have a ton of CDs that I've yet to rip...
    About 10 years ago, my husband and I actually "ripped" music off of cassette.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I do a combo. I've paid for ad-free Pandora, but I still like to buy music-sometimes mp3's and some cd's they I rip. I never actual use the cd's except to rip them.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Thanks for all the replies. It's always good to hear other perspectives!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenkcoulter View Post
    About 10 years ago, my husband and I actually "ripped" music off of cassette.
    Really? I can't even remember the last time I played music from a cassette player. I replaced a majority of my cassettes with a CD version with the exception of the custom ones I made and I think I threw them all away.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Quote Originally Posted by derickson328 View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. It's always good to hear other perspectives!
    You're very welcome...
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    Really? I can't even remember the last time I played music from a cassette player. I replaced a majority of my cassettes with a CD version with the exception of the custom ones I made and I think I threw them all away.
    Well this was over 10 years ago. They hadn't been played in a long time at that point.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Combo of streaming (Spotify) and purchasing through iTunes or Google Music. If I hear an album on Spotify I really like, I go ahead and purchase it
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Music is not the soundtrack of my life. Mainly I listen to news/talk radio or podcasts when I need sound. I do appreciate music, and use a few good applications to create my own. I find my new music song by song using soundhound from TV shows, movies or commercials. I don't listen to a lot music, but if I did I would prefer to own it over random streaming. I don't rent movies on iTunes, I buy them, and Netflix is for the girlfriend to catch up on her shows. I think it is a generational thing though, where $9.99 a month vs $9.99 per album, for kids today the latter seems "free" vs the old school deliberate choice to hand select and appreciate. But I'm just an old man rambling. Get off my lawn!
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I still buy music but only in mp3 nowadays. It's easy for me to just download a album from amazon or iTunes and have it on all of my devices. If I want to listen to it in my car I just connect my phone or iPod and let it play. No more scratched CDs
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    It depends on the music. There are just soo many streaming services out there like Songza that make playlists for you and have new content readily available. However, I have been enticed to purchase some albums off iTunes and will start to make a habit of it in the future.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I get bored of songs to fast so why would I want to own it for life? Spotify or nothing.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I am very fickle minded and get bored of music quickly, so the only sustainable option for me is streaming. I currently use Spotify... I am tempted to buy music, but I must decide, if it something I will never get tired of..
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    Would buy my favrite CDs, and also buys some from iTunes. Some times use tools like ifunia AudioConverter to convert videos to music.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    I regularly purchase music through iTunes. I don't like to use the steam services because
    I listen to music mostly when away from Wifi. In my car or the gym. I eat up my data plan.
    And it's just convenient for me to buy music off iTunes as opposed to downloading off file
    sharing sites (illegally) and loading up my phone.
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    Default Re: Anyone still buy music?

    i haven' bought any individual music for a looong while...i just stream everything now
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