Midnight Pub

Buying Music in 2021.

~tskaalgard

Good morning, everyone.

This morning I was watching a video about the death of electronics stores in the United States and it made me worry a little about being able to buy music. I don't often buy music, but I usually do so at used CD stores, as this seems to be the only DRM-free way to buy music today. I'm a little worried this too will soon dry up and I'll be left without a legal way to obtain music.

Is there another way I'm missing? (I'm obviously not talking about pirating - not that I'm against it, just that it's off-topic here)


jetgirl

Depends on who you're listening to. For mainstream artists they'll post a store link when an album comes out and you can get the tape or whatever directly from them or an online retailer. Most of the psychical medium options come with a free mp3 album. If they're indie I get stuff from their Bandcamp page. If I just want one mp3 song ill go to amazon and pay the $1.20 or whatever. Google Play stopped letting you buy files and apple's stuff has to be converted sometimes to run on your mp3 player. They're all moving to/pushing the subscription models tho which sucks.

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stargazer

I have been buying vinyl at local antique and 2nd hand stores lately as there are quite a few in my area. Many times the albums are only $0.99 and so I can buy a whole stack of them for the price of one new album. Small towns seem to offer the best deals.

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pr1ba

A world in which Stallman is being bullied, who talks a lot about digital content and the dangers of these decisions. Unfortunately, there will be no harmonious solutions in such a world.

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tskaalgard

Funny thing is that I'm not against being very critical of some of the statements he's made (though I don't believe the one he's currently on the hook for warrants this - there is an older statement he made I believe to be far worse). However, cancel culture seems to be very selectively applied, as a tactic, to people who pose a threat to capital and/or the current cultural hegemony which is useful to it.

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tffb

I usually do Bandcamp when I am buying. By the way, were you watching "The 8-Bit Guy" and his video about the death of electronic stores? Because I just watched that, and it seems a LOT went out of business in the past 20 years.

Hope you're doing good :)

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tskaalgard

That is *exactly* the video I was watching. I really enjoy his videos.

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tffb

Yes, I've been watching him for a while. In regards to that video, it is sad to see how many electronic stores we have lost in such a short period. Or the fact that the mall (or malls) as a whole have more or less disappeared. They used to be so much fun!

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tskaalgard

Yes, absolutely. I'm somewhat of an outlier in my age group in that I normally prefer brick-and-mortar stores for the majority of my purchases.

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starbreaker

One more thing: have you considered your local public library? If they lend CDs, borrow some you like, rip them, and return them. Existing law doesn't explicitly forbid ripping physical media for personal use. I do this regularly.

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kyle

A torrent descends from the mountain.

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starbreaker

~tskaalgard's original post suggests that they know about BitTorrent but don't want it to be their first resort.

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kyle

What? No no, I was talking about orography and such.

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tskaalgard

I may have to look into this!

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starbreaker

Amoeba Music ships anywhere in the US, but I don't think they sell secondhand CDs. There's also eBay, I suppose, as well as Amazon. I usually try Amoeba first, though.

Amoeba Music

Also...

=> Bandcamp: buy digital music (and sometimes physical media) directly from artists

Bandcamp doesn't do DRM, and you can download purchases as MP3, Ogg Vorbis, or FLAC.

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tskaalgard

Oh, this is definitely worth a look!

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