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Postby jpalomo » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:36 pm

Does anyone know of any good online digital music stores that fulfill these requirements:
  • DRM-free
  • High quality loseless format of some kind (FLAC, WAV, etc.)
  • Good selection of music, not just indie artists
The only site I know of is Bandcamp, but that doesn't have the artists I'm looking for.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Zanieon » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:59 pm

https://www.beatport.com/

the only one that i think fits on your requirements, however i dunno what you mean with DRM-free
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Re: Online music stores

Postby wildweasel » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:12 pm

jpalomo wrote:The only site I know of is Bandcamp, but that doesn't have the artists I'm looking for.

If your primary deal-breaker is that your chosen site doesn't have the artists you want, then you're kind of stuck; artists generally choose one or two sites on which to upload their albums, so if they haven't put their stuff on a site you like, then that's nothing the consumer can really do anything about.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby jpalomo » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:33 pm

Revilution wrote:however i dunno what you mean with DRM-free

Digital rights management. Basically, it is a restriction placed on files that prevents it from being played by unauthorized software or devices. It is very consumer unfriendly and a deal breaker for some. It is supposed to combat piracy but pirates typically don't have to deal with DRM. It seems beatport meets that requirement. I'll check it out, thanks.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Zanieon » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:53 pm

The only music format i've met with this DRM so far was WMA which nobody uses anymore.

Also beatport is equivalent to iTunes, but in a form of site instead of program, so prolly you will find the artists you want there.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Kinsie » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:04 am

jpalomo wrote:Does anyone know of any good online digital music stores that fulfill these requirements:
  • DRM-free
  • High quality loseless format of some kind (FLAC, WAV, etc.)
  • Good selection of music, not just indie artists
The only site I know of is Bandcamp, but that doesn't have the artists I'm looking for.
DRM-free: Amazon embeds some purchase information in it's files, but there are ways to scrub that if you're sufficiently paranoid.
Lossless Formats: A quick Google led me to HDtracks, which offers DRM-free FLAC downloads.
Good Selection Of Music: Order the CDs off of Amazon and rip 'em yourself! :P
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Nevander » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:18 am

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Re: Online music stores

Postby Kinsie » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:22 am

Nevander wrote:Record the music from YouTube or something using Audacity.
Considering how much he emphasises lossless, studio-quality audio formats in his OP, I think you just gave him a brain aneurysm.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Nevander » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:26 am

Kinsie wrote:
Nevander wrote:Record the music from YouTube or something using Audacity.
Considering how much he emphasises lossless, studio-quality audio formats in his OP, I think you just gave him a brain aneurysm.

You can find perfectly high quality versions of 90% of songs on YouTube. They sound as good as they'll ever need to be for me for practically any use. Also lossless studio-quality audio can really rack up the MBs quick. I prefer low file sizes and good quality sound. My way satisfies both.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Zanieon » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:32 am

I accept musics on 44.1KHz on 128kbps with no worries, however 48KHz on 320kbps is another world and this is what he wants i suppose (considering MP3 format)
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Re: Online music stores

Postby GooberMan » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:05 am

Nevander wrote:You can find perfectly high quality versions of 90% of songs on YouTube. They sound as good as they'll ever need to be for me for practically any use. Also lossless studio-quality audio can really rack up the MBs quick. I prefer low file sizes and good quality sound. My way satisfies both.

...have you actually read anything in this thread?

"Perfectly high quality" is not lossless. It's great that you prefer that, but OP does not. You're also advocating piracy.

In relation to the question though, Wiki has a comparison chart that may interest you.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby jpalomo » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:11 am

GooberMan wrote:In relation to the question though, Wiki has a comparison chart that may interest you.

Many thanks, this should make the search easier.

Kinsie wrote:Lossless Formats: A quick Google led me to HDtracks, which offers DRM-free FLAC downloads.

This has been the best site so far, thanks. It happens to have the artist I was looking for.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Princess Viscra Maelstrom » Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:14 pm

Nevander wrote:
Kinsie wrote:
Nevander wrote:Record the music from YouTube or something using Audacity.
Considering how much he emphasises lossless, studio-quality audio formats in his OP, I think you just gave him a brain aneurysm.

You can find perfectly high quality versions of 90% of songs on YouTube. They sound as good as they'll ever need to be for me for practically any use. Also lossless studio-quality audio can really rack up the MBs quick. I prefer low file sizes and good quality sound. My way satisfies both.

i don't think you understand what "lossless" means.
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Re: Online music stores

Postby Nevander » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:20 pm

Viscra Maelstrom wrote:i don't think you understand what "lossless" means.

Of course I do. It's right there in the name. It's basically uncompressed forms of audio in which nothing is lost and it's in a raw format like WAV or something. Lossy means that it is compressed in some way and certain frequencies may be cut out to save space, like MP3. I know OP said he wanted lossless, and in my post I said I can't tell any difference between lossy and lossless so I just go with 128kb/s MP3.

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Re: Online music stores

Postby Enjay » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:27 pm

Nevander wrote:Also I would say that it technically isn't piracy, since it's a recording and you're using it for yourself. It's not a direct rip of a CD or something that you share. Now recording and distributing is different.

So, you get a copy of the music track to listen to whenever you want to on your devices for as long as you like for nothing and it's not piracy?

Don't you know...

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