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Old 04-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Best service to get music from... Legally

I would go broke if I bought every $1.29 and $0.99 song in my library from iTunes, but I can't pirate forever...

...So what's the best service to use to get songs from? You know, those ones that you pay a monthly or whatever subscription to and can download as many songs as you can find. I listen to some out-there indie/hipster stuff, so I need one with a good range. At least as good as iTunes. Also which ones have the best price, best audio quality, etc.

I've really never even looked into this before and I don't even know what these services are or how they work. Applications? Websites? Any info would be helpful.

Oh yeah, it would be nice if it was legal, too.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:03 PM   #3
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:04 PM   #4
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #5
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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Not sure about your Walmart, but check the clearance bins up front which will have full hard copies of albums going usually for $5. Usually it will be country, generic classic rock (AC/DC, Zeppelin), crappy hair metal (such as Poison), and shitpop, but there is always that one occasional hidden-jem in that pile.

I found a Jethro Tull greatest hits album in their the other day for $5 (except I already own it ), as well as Black Sabbath's first album. Not the best music, but it's cheap as dirt, and they're hard copies.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #9
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #10
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Not sure about your Walmart, but check the clearance bins up front which will have full hard copies of albums going usually for $5. Usually it will be country, generic classic rock (AC/DC, Zeppelin), crappy hair metal (such as Poison), and shitpop, but there is always that one occasional hidden-jem in that pile.

I found a Jethro Tull greatest hits album in their the other day for $5 (except I already own it ), as well as Black Sabbath's first album. Not the best music, but it's cheap as dirt, and they're hard copies.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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I'm not sure of it's legality, but I saw someone on here mention Grooveshark recently and I think it's great. They even seem to have a lot of things Spotify doesn't (though I'm mostly referring to sort of "underground" stuff like Sopor Aeternus).

What's even better is that you can see comments and recent activity (like songs being added to favorites lists and whatnot) on an album/artist/song, and through looking at other profiles you can sometimes find music similar to what you're listening to.

The only issues I've had with it is that sometimes songs don't play properly, and I know of at least one album that has a live version of a song in place of the studio version, which I find a bit annoying.

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Not sure about your Walmart, but check the clearance bins up front which will have full hard copies of albums going usually for $5. Usually it will be country, generic classic rock (AC/DC, Zeppelin), crappy hair metal (such as Poison), and shitpop, but there is always that one occasional hidden-jem in that pile.

I found a Jethro Tull greatest hits album in their the other day for $5 (except I already own it ), as well as Black Sabbath's first album. Not the best music, but it's cheap as dirt, and they're hard copies.



Walmart? But don't they censor CDs?
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:27 PM   #15
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #17
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:34 PM   #18
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Spotify.


It's good, it's cheap, and if they ever don't have something I want (which, reasonably, isn't totally often), then I'll just pirate it.



But, in terms of legal music software, Spotify is totally where it's at. There aren't many out there.


Also, protip, there's an app on the Android market (and maybe iOS?) called Songza. It's a free playlist app with loads, and loads, and loads of great stuff. Totally free, and, while you can't control the individual song you hear, the playlists are very well made.

Think of it like Pandora, but for playlists.
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Grooveshark is the best in terms of the size of its library, but I believe it is user-uploaded so OCCASIONALLY (very rarely) you might get a song that is labeled incorrectly. Other than that, it is extremely comparable to Spotify.

Spotify is more reliable, has a better interface, runs faster, and if you pay for the service you can take it mobile and there are no ads, but it has a slightly more mainstream library. However, the ways that it outweighs Grooveshark are not extreme enough to the point that it would be a pain to have to migrate from Spotify to Grooveshark.

Basically my point is that Spotify is probably ever so slightly more worth it, but depending on how obscure and varied your musical taste is, you would be better off going with Grooveshark and you wouldn't be missing out on anything.
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