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Best site for music files?

post #1 of 19
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I searched the forum, but didn't seem to find what I needed.

i'm looking for a music website (digital copies only) that has both a good selection and good quality files (ie, FLAC). So far all the ones I found, I've been very disappointed with the music selection.

Sorry if I'm just dumb and missed other threads on this!

Thanks!!
post #2 of 19
If you're looking for anything modern and popular, you aren't going to find it. Best you can get is obscure folk and good classical.
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Spykk3 View Post
I searched the forum, but didn't seem to find what I needed.

i'm looking for a music website (digital copies only) that has both a good selection and good quality files (ie, FLAC). So far all the ones I found, I've been very disappointed with the music selection.

Sorry if I'm just dumb and missed other threads on this!

Thanks!!
It might help if you tell us what kind of music you're looking for. There may be online music stores that specialize in a specific genre, which may suit your needs.
post #4 of 19
Sadly few stores sell lossless files, even fewer with a wide variety or artists, genres, and like.

Linn Records do not have the widest variety, but their quality is outstanding.
Linn Records - The best recordings in Studio Master Download, Vinyl and SACD
post #5 of 19
Rhino Records recently opened an online store. They sell both physical CDs and digital downloads. Some of the downloads are in what they call "Hi-Def". Hi-Def to them means lossless rather than high resolution higher sample rates. They sell the Hi-Def in FLAC, WMA Lossless, and ALAC.
post #6 of 19
Nevermind.
post #7 of 19
Rhino Records does have a decent selection of popular music as lossless downloads. I ordered a few FLAC encoded albums myself, and haven't had an issue. Music that is encoded in HDCD on CD is also encoded as such in these lossless downloads, and Audiochecker sees the files as true CD quality.

That being said, I will likely not order much more given the rather high cost. It is much cheaper to just buy new or used CDs from Amazon and do the ripping myself.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by MSmith83 View Post
That being said, I will likely not order much more given the rather high cost. It is much cheaper to just buy new or used CDs from Amazon and do the ripping myself.
That is very true and the reason I don't buy digital downloads unless there is no other option. Getting the physical CD can actually be cheaper and you end up with a physical object that you can actually resell.
post #9 of 19
https://www.hdtracks.com/ has some good stuff. Not a huge collection but I don't think there is a lossless vendor online that has a huge collection.

There's this, too: HDGIANTS - MusicGiants - Music Collections
I've never used them because the overall interface is clunky.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by GungaDin View Post
https://www.hdtracks.com/ has some good stuff. Not a huge collection but I don't think there is a lossless vendor online that has a huge collection.

There's this, too: HDGIANTS - MusicGiants - Music Collections
I've never used them because the overall interface is clunky.
Yes, HD Tracks is great. Plus they've added the likes of Matador, Beggar's Banquet, and others, and seem to keep adding more. There's a lot of stuff I love on the Matador label alone--a lot.

Also, Head-Fi worked with HD Tracks to create a Headphone Test Album that we'll be announcing very soon that will be available in 320 kbps MP3, 16/44.1 AIFF and FLAC, and 24/96 FLAC.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by GungaDin View Post
There's this, too: HDGIANTS - MusicGiants - Music Collections
I've never used them because the overall interface is clunky.
What is the current status of HDGiants? I know they went through a bankruptcy (chapter 11) last year. How have they reorganized? What are they doing differently?

Be aware that their music downloads are DRMed. They use WMA Lossless and Microsoft's digital rights management. Here's what their FAQ says:
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2.What type Music Files and Digital Rights Management Software does MusicGiants Use?
The MusicGiants music that you download to your computer is in Window Media Audio (WMA) Lossless format. Lossless downloads reproduce music at up to 1100 kbps versus the 128 to 192 kbps of other download services. We use Microsoft Windows Media Digital Rights Management software to make sure all the music you purchase is safe and protected. For more information about Microsoft DRM, click here.
To make sure the music you purchase is "safe and protected?". What kind of corporate double-speak is that?

Never ever ever buy music that is DRM protected. It's not your rights that they are protecting (the "rights" in DRM are their rights for the copyright owner, not your rights for fair use). Use DRM to rent music for a week or a month. But never ever buy music that has DRM. You'll get bit by the DRM eventually. Maybe not immediately, but in 5 years or 10 years most definitely guaranteed. When HDGiants went bankrupt their DRM servers went down. Everyone who had music from them could no longer play their music. It was effectively gone (yeah, safe and secure my ass). Want to take that chance again?

They deserve bankruptcy a second time if this is their business model. Only an idiot would make a business model around selling DRMed music. Only an idiot would buy DRMed music. Make a business model around renting music for a week or a month or a year with DRM. That's fine. A business model around actually selling DRMed music is just doomed and deserves failure.

sorry for the rant
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ham Sandwich View Post
sorry for the rant
That's okay, you saved me the trouble.

Yeah, several things annoyed me about their site including the things you mentioned. They use/used WMA and won't even tell us exactly what the stats are for the music we're buying? SuperHD....Does that mean 24/44.1? 24/88? 24/96?

It reminds me of SACD. I was just looking at some SACD players (the few that are still offered for sale). SACD sounds wonderful but by overcharging for the product, under-delivering in various ways and then happily annoying the customer base further by treating them like criminals (5.1 analog outs? WTF?) they've taken their nice proprietary format and proprietized themselves right out of the business. Fricking idiots.
post #13 of 19
Google.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by GungaDin View Post
That's okay, you saved me the trouble.
The rant wasn't directed at you. Just general comments about buying DRM laden files.

I browsed around their shop (using IE) and they do have some DRM free files. Marked by a graphic of the letters "DRM" inside a red circle with a red slash. No DRM. I could make that my avatar.

Their FAQ says that SuperHD contains both 5.1 and stereo. Files are 24-bit 88kHz or higher. Hi rez.

I'm not completely against DRM. I really think it can be useful for allowing services like renting music for a week or a month, subscription services like Rhapsody and the Zune service, and for checking out digital files from your local library. But for actually buying files like you'd buy a CD?, no, that is not the right use for DRM.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ham Sandwich View Post
The rant wasn't directed at you.
I know, I was just making a joke.
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