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post #46 of 107
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Originally Posted by hogger129 View Post

I REALLY like the selection available on Qobuz, but they're prices are outrageous, and apparently your account has to be 'unlocked' if you are not in France.

It would be great if Amazon Music Store would offer FLAC downloads.  Why CD-quality FLAC downloads are available in France but not the USA, I really will never know.  It would make more sense to offer it in the USA and make the money.


Yeah amazon should step it up and be the first to say "lossy sucks; we know what you really want" but then again, most users probably wouldn't notice a difference. Regardless, I like their auto-rip thing when I order a CD. (Yes I still buy CDs.... I'm an old fart I guess)
post #47 of 107
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Originally Posted by hogger129 View Post
 

I REALLY like the selection available on Qobuz, but they're prices are outrageous, and apparently your account has to be 'unlocked' if you are not in France.

 

It would be great if Amazon Music Store would offer FLAC downloads.  Why CD-quality FLAC downloads are available in France but not the USA, I really will never know.  It would make more sense to offer it in the USA and make the money.

 

Same here. I pay for a proxy in France just to be able to download from Qobuz. (Is that legal at all? Don't really know, but it works. And at least I pay for my music.) It's the selection of music and the availability of Studio Master recordings that makes the difference.

 
As for the unlocking of my account: does anyone know the conditions to become eligible for an unlocked account? I guess spending a lot of money on Qobuz is not enough... I know, I could ask customer service, but I'm afraid they will notice I use a proxy to do my shopping.
post #48 of 107
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Originally Posted by Bas72 View Post
 

 

Same here. I pay for a proxy in France just to be able to download from Qobuz. (Is that legal at all? Don't really know, but it works. And at least I pay for my music.) It's the selection of music and the availability of Studio Master recordings that makes the difference.

 
As for the unlocking of my account: does anyone know the conditions to become eligible for an unlocked account? I guess spending a lot of money on Qobuz is not enough... I know, I could ask customer service, but I'm afraid they will notice I use a proxy to do my shopping.

 

When you go to make a purchase, there is a link to contact customer service.  I just did that and wrote them an email and they unlocked my account.

 

Idk why they don't expand business to the US.  This could put iTunes out of business.

post #49 of 107

Really? Was it that easy?

 

What reason did you give them? Or did you just ask them to unlock your account?

post #50 of 107
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Originally Posted by Bas72 View Post
 

Really? Was it that easy?

 

What reason did you give them? Or did you just ask them to unlock your account?

 

Just asked for an unlock.  Took a couple days though because it was on a weekend.

post #51 of 107

Today I sent a mail to Qobuz. Now wait...

post #52 of 107
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Today I sent a mail to Qobuz. Now wait...

 

Expect a call from your bank also.  They'll see your credit card being charged in France and they'll flag it for fraud.

post #53 of 107

Thank you sir. I always pay via Paypal, so I guess the bank will be okay with that.

post #54 of 107

Victoire! Thank you for the hint, hogger129. And thank you, Qobuz.

post #55 of 107
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Originally Posted by Bas72 View Post
 

Victoire! Thank you for the hint, hogger129. And thank you, Qobuz.

 

Yeah I love their selection, especially when it's available at CD-quality, but their prices are a bit high.  I guess I don't understand why iTunes or Amazon don't offer CD-quality downloads yet.

post #56 of 107
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Originally Posted by hogger129 View Post

Yeah I love their selection, especially when it's available at CD-quality, but their prices are a bit high.  I guess I don't understand why iTunes or Amazon don't offer CD-quality downloads yet.


I was under the impression that iTunes offers a lossless option called ALAC (Apple lossless audio codec) with certain titles. I don't use iTunes because of DRM, so I wouldn't know. Is it true they offer ALAC?
post #57 of 107
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Originally Posted by bluzeboy View Post
 

 melodishop.com has the latest albums in mp3 format .they also have flac albums available.

 

Pretty easy to spot a mp3 and a flac, drop it into Audacity and take a look at the spectrum

 

and I do not know what you guys will think of me for this comment, but I found this place at head fi so you know

 

I like What.cd for my music, and... let's just say I spend about $30 a month on it, still for any one interested give it a google! If anything, you will learn a LOT about preserving the quality of music, and how to spot poorly transcoded music. 

post #58 of 107
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Originally Posted by DavidJ1973 View Post


I was under the impression that iTunes offers a lossless option called ALAC (Apple lossless audio codec) with certain titles. I don't use iTunes because of DRM, so I wouldn't know. Is it true they offer ALAC?

AFAIK is not true. It is just a higher bitrate.

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1711

post #59 of 107
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Originally Posted by DavidJ1973 View Post


I was under the impression that iTunes offers a lossless option called ALAC (Apple lossless audio codec) with certain titles. I don't use iTunes because of DRM, so I wouldn't know. Is it true they offer ALAC?

 

As far as I know, the downloads available on iTunes are 256k, 16-bit, 44.1khz, AAC across-the-board.  They also did away with the DRM when they made the change.  At one time, 128k AAC with DRM was what they sold, but not anymore. 

post #60 of 107
Ah, thanks. Well I haven't touched iTunes since 2004 so that explains it. I've weaned myself on other distributors since then, but this is good to know.

It's a shame digital lossless is so rare or difficult to find. I like hdtracks but I do a lot of research before I buy because I got burned with Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours." It's mastered WAY too hot/loud.
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