For those of you who don't feel the need to pay for your music can ignore this post, but for those of you that do, I've discovered the greatness that is AmazonMP3
. I've been a pretty faithful iTunes store user for a while now. Yes, despite their annoying DRM, I bought all my music from them, mostly because if I wanted to it's not terribly difficult to get rid of the DRM, and it's not like the DRM will ever prevent me from actually listening to the songs (Unless some how iTunes as a program completely ceases to exist one day). And it's all a moot point now anyways since Apple finally got rid of its DRM.
But, enough of that. AmazonMP3. I've known about Amazon's efforts into the digital music world for a while now, but for me, a loyal iTunes user, the convenience of using the iTunes store to purchase music outweighed the negative DRM aspect of the purchase, considering the $0.99 pricing scheme was pretty much the same on iTunes and Amazon. Plus, with Amazon I would have to manually add the music once I downloaded it, which is just a chore.
Amazon has made their mp3 buying experience about a million times easier. With their mp3 Downloader software, you can simply click on the music you want to buy, and the music is downloaded into your music folder, and automatically
added to your iTunes! (Or Windows Media Player if that's your program du jour) But that's not all. If you keep an eye out, they have some pretty sweet deals available from time to time. Now this is something that iTunes pretty much never does. Aside from their free song of the week, song prices are pretty much set. $0.99 for a song, $9.99 (or so) for an album. You might encounter some variation in album pricing, but stuff is never "on sale" or anything like that. But on Amazon, thanks in part to the helpful Amazonmp3
Twitter feed, you can take advantage of daily mp3 deals that they are having on their site. I've been able to pick up a bunch of U2 singles, some holiday songs, some great old Motown songs, and just picked up No Doubt's Singles Collection (That is also available on Rock Band and is awesome, by the way). And I think I paid about $6 total for all of that. For about 70 songs. You certainly aren't going to find anything like that on iTunes.