What's a good site for legal MP3 downloads?

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Found 13th Jul 2009
I just want to buy the occasional track and typically not albums and would prefer MP3 for maximum compatibility and simplicity. The only ones I'm aware of are:

Amazon UK
Napster (WMA!)
iTunes (AAC only!)

What other sites are there that sell single tracks and have very large libraries? I listen to mainly non mainstream music such as Jazz & World Music if that makes any difference.
In the past I had a Napster subscription and found that very useful as a way to listen to a very large range of music without buying it all.

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Play.com, I have had a lot of MP3 Players, but I found the Ipod the best by far especially using itunes or get

tunebites, converters file into MP3, its only tenner

[url]www.tescodigital.com/[/url]

Congrats on your 3000 posts agharta

I've used Amazon & Tescos - always feel a bit cheated not having the sleeve notes to browse through....

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Thanks. What bit rate do Tesco use? It’s quick to see that Amazon use 256kb and Play 320kb but not what Tesco use.
They’ve finally caught on that if you sell Jazz albums by the track that they can work out very cheap as some Jazz albums only have 2 or 4 tracks.

Agharta;5739057

Thanks. What bit rate do Tesco use? It’s quick to see that Amazon use 2 … Thanks. What bit rate do Tesco use? It’s quick to see that Amazon use 256kb and Play 320kb but not what Tesco use.They’ve finally caught on that if you sell Jazz albums by the track that they can work out very cheap as some Jazz albums only have 2 or 4 tracks.



I think Tesco use 256kb like Amazon :-( - I'll try and remember to check when I get home.

Perhaps they'll start charging by the MB and let you choose the bit rate you want like all those Russian sites used to.

I was wrong - my downloads from Tescos are 320kbs :thumbsup:

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dcx_badass;5742915

iTunes isn't aac and hasn't been for a long time. They introduced DRM … iTunes isn't aac and hasn't been for a long time. They introduced DRM free music like 2 years ago for a slightly higher price. And about 4-6 months ago got rid of all DRM on all music. So I'm not really sure what you're going on about. iTunes music is .m4a which most players can play including Sony Ericsson phones.


Apple still use AAC it’s just that they’ve dropped DRM. :whistling:

.m4a = "purchased AAC audio file"
.m3p = "protected AAC audio file"

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dcx_badass;5743290

Ah k, I thought it was .aac. Most players still play it just fine anyway.


The file extension type, codec and DRM are all separate components.
Apple seem to generally prefer proprietary in whatever they do and by using a unique file type and extension it makes it clear which files are from iTunes. It also gives them the opportunity to add extra features by using their own file format. Provided they make enough details available so that other players can handle their format they have the best of both worlds.
AAC like MP3 needs to be licensed so anyone can develop a player that handles these codecs. With .m4a files you also need the Apple proprietary format details which I guess they make available.

emusic sell drm free mp3. Free trials, and quidco.

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Agharta;5739057

I just want to buy the occasional track and typically not albums..



WG47;5744937

emusic sell drm free mp3. Free trials, and quidco.



I think they only do monthly subscriptions which isn’t much use as I only want to buy the occasional track. I looked at their service and if I decide to buy more music then I’ll consider it. Good to know they do Quidco. :thumbsup:

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dcx_badass;5747810

Well my Sony Ericsson phone can play songs bought from the iTunes store … Well my Sony Ericsson phone can play songs bought from the iTunes store and my phone is over 3 years old so I'd expect most recent things to handle it fine.


Sony use AAC in the PS3 and PSP and Sony Ericsson also support it in Walkman phones. It’s a good codec and superior to MP3.
But I’m not concerned about AAC support as I don’t intend buying from the iTunes Store unless it’s the only store that has the song. If I buy an occasional AAC song I can always convert it to high bit rate MP3. I’ve written my own MP3 player and it’s too much hassle to provide AAC support especially as I’d rather not buy from Apple anyway. I’d rather support other services partly because I don’t like the way Apple do business.
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