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iTunes Named the Top Music Retailer in the US

Where Do You Buy Your Music?

Last week, when CNET proclaimed that iTunes is now the top music retailer, I marveled at far how digital music has come.

And then I tried to remember the last time I walked into a store and bought a CD. And I seriously couldn't! It kind of bums me out, too, because walking into Amoeba Records and just browsing to discover new albums or EPs from my favorite bands is one of my favorite things to do.

I don't necessarily prefer to buy music online, it's just so convenient. Truth be told, I love going into a store and physically buying a CD and checking out the album art in my hands instead of just on my computer or iPhone screen, but I have to admit that all my music purchases are on iTunes now. What about you? Where do you buy most of your music?


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lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I won't download any of the programs that let you get songs for free, so I buy all my music. I like that with iTunes you can purchase individual songs and then 'complete the album' without having to pay for that song again. It comes in handy when a single is released before the full album or if I'm not sure about a particular artists music (if I've never heard of them before).
cbombnewell cbombnewell 9 years
Yeah I'm totally poor,so when they ask us to "buy" music for what a dollar per song..?Thats ridiculous.Honestly I don't know anyone who even bothers buying it anymore anyways.Eh..
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 9 years
i only buy my music from iTunes. the reason being, it's quicker, simpler and easier. i don't own a stereo, only my iPod and computer, so i don't really see the point of buying cd's.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
as much as I love the convienance of itunes, there is something completely different when I buy a cd at best buy. I remember when I was in high school, I had to clean the entire house to get a brand new 311 cd (and it was totally worth it). I buy cds because I can just keep them in my car and not go crazy trying to find a song while driving 80 mph. And plus, the transitions between songs on some cds makes me so happy :)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
Ack. Didn't read my non-alpha characters. I "heart" iTunes. There.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
I <3 iTunes. When I buy music. Usually my husband procures it somehow... ;-)
z0rkzer0 z0rkzer0 9 years
While I could answer "equally online and in stores," that would not be accurate in this context. The poll seems to equate online and electronic. I do not buy electronic music at all. Sound quality is horrible if you're actually a music fan. If more sellers offered flac files (and players played 'em) I might buy some electronic copies. As is, I like buying real CD's from the few physical stores remaining, or ordering those real CD's from online stores (for stuff I can't find in-store).
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
buy music? people still do that? i'll buy music again when corporations stop telling me what i can and cannot do with the music that i rightfully paid for. no drm's for me!
jemimah jemimah 9 years
Used CD stores are awesome, and often cheaper than buying online, plus you can get rid of those CDs from your foolish youth that you now hate.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
My husband I both had TONS of CDs from the time before i-Pods and i-Tunes. :) Even with de-duping our CD collection and purging tons, we still have more CDs than we have space. I've started digitizing a lot of our CDs and then getting rid of the actual CDs - I bought an external hard drive to store/back up our digital music collection. Takes up WAY less space than all those CDs - space being crucial in NYC!!
jgulli3 jgulli3 9 years
I still buy CDs from my favorite bands.
gabichou26 gabichou26 9 years
When I like a particular song from an artist but not their general work, or just want to test out their style, I'll download a single on iTunes. I like downloading music videos there too, and TV shows, but that's beside the point. But I do like the physical-ness of an album, so when I want the whole CD I'll buy it in a store. :)
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
I buy online. I normally don't buy full cds, just singles I like. My SO will buy a whole album, however some of the bands he likes won't release on Itunes, so we go to the store for those.
annacarol annacarol 9 years
There's no iTunes Store in Brazil:(( I couldn't even upgrade my iPod Touch... I still buy CD's sometimes, because it's not so easy to find new brazilian music albums online. But mostly, I download what I want (torrents).
Junior-Bruce Junior-Bruce 9 years
One of my favourite sources is eMusic... You subscribe and get a certain number of tracks a month. I get 30 a month, which if you pick the right stuff, can add up to five or six albums. All for 8GBP. They've got some proper left-field stuff...
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I haven't had physical CD's since iPods came out. OK, well since the Creative Jukebox came out, but I generally don't speak of such things.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't have CD or DVD cases anymore because of limited space, so i just acquire music digitally (as well as movies, or just not at all). I listen to music on and the CBC radio 3 podcast, plus get people's recommendations from some online communities to figure out what to get. i always buy an album or 3 from the CD booth at the Vancouver Folk Festival, though, since i know the artists make a lot more money that way and the artists are generally unsigned or their music is hard to find. I don't go into music stores much anymore, and when i do i am always shocked to see what kind of crap is popular these days. sad.
mcoopers81 mcoopers81 9 years
I mostly buy music on iTunes, but if it's an artist I really love, I will buy both the digital and the hard copy.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
My assistant (Dorothy with Toto) and I buy ours in Kansas home of the most unbelievable comeback in recent history.
calamari calamari 9 years
I'll listen to streaming sites like and Pandora. When I hear an artist I like, I'll use a music search engine like seeqpod or songza to listen to more of that artist's music. If I find some songs I really like, then I'll buy them on itunes or amazon digital.
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
I love to have the physical CD of bands I love- and having just the singles or the tracks I initially liked would miss out on some of my favorite songs. Plus, some of my personal best music finds have been trolling through the stacks at Soundgarden or Record and Tape Traders.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Itunes. The last cd I bought was in July 2005 however I can not remember the name (it's been that long,lol.)
BostonChick BostonChick 9 years
Like others have said, if it's a band or artist I really like I head to the store to get the physical cd!! A bit more exciting...nothing like popping it into the cd player as you drive home! Otherwise, I just buy it online.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Most of my music is purchased from Napster for my MP3 player. But I will occasionally purchase a cd at a store like Target.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
My first mp3 was the Sony Bean so I used Connect (which is now defunct). Then I started on iTunes and have been there ever since. Of course I am itching to get this: and install it and get my mixed tapes onto my iPod! Pause and record clicks and all! LOL
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