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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

 

I don't like the idea of 'downloading' music, but a few singles I want are only available in digital formats, so I have no choice this time.

 

I have two questions. First and most important, how the heck do I buy the single? It was released in Germany, and I'm in the US. Amazon and iTunes seem to refuse my money. I could just import the CD before.

 

Second, is there a difference between Amazon and iTunes sound formats? Where do they get their files from? I will be burning a CD anyway, so format compatibility isn't an issue. It does seem like MP3 is more universally accepted.

 

Thanks guys.

post #2 of 19

256Kbps AAC from iTunes

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1711

 

256Kbps MP3 from Amazon

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200389400

 

Either way you still get lossy download(s) and the quality might / might not be a big deal.

 

You could take a look at this legitimate French site and do a search for the artist there:

 

http://www.qobuz.com

 

I purchased an album in lossless format (WAV/AIFF/FLAC/ALAC/WMA Lossless) there while only lossy formats were available elsewhere.

 

More sources:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/high-res-music-download-sites

post #3 of 19

It won't help much for widely known music, but Bandcamp is excellent and has FLAC downloads available (and it's not in that list of links in the prior post).

 

Bandcamp is truly wonderful, full streaming of albums available, good prices, lossless available, and nearly all money goes to the artist.

post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 

I checked the sites, and they don't have the singles I'm looking for. Qobuz had one, but...

 

 

What now? Amazon and iTunes are the only ones who have the singles in question it seems. Totally silly IMO.
 

Thanks guys.

post #5 of 19

Buy them on CD/buy the albums on CD and rip to lossless format of your choice? 

post #6 of 19

That Limited Edition single is like more than 30 bucks on eBay now.

 

Last time I was going through proxy when I purchased an album @ qobuz.com and here are some lists

 

http://www.xroxy.com/proxy-country-FR.htm

 

http://www.proxynova.com/proxy-server-list/country-fr/

 

Just enable proxy before you add that single to your cart, then keep going until you are asked to enter information of PayPal.

 

Since you do not want anyone to know your PayPal password, please remember to disable proxy and proceed to type your PayPal account/password. Finally your order should be completed without getting that error because of your American IP address.

 

Please feel free to PM me if there were any questions.

 

Forget about iTunes and Amazon because those downloads might be pretty close to MP3 files that anyone could rip off YouTube directly

 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL87CAA801E15AAF25

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2wGYCINwY

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

Well, that single at least has a CD version somewhere out there.
 

What can I do about this single? Looks like it's only available on Amazon and iTunes as a digital download, never released on CD. Can I use that proxy trick with Amazon or iTunes?

post #8 of 19

Seriously, it really did not take much time to find the whole album from Europe for approximately 11 bucks shipped

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WILDE-KIM-SNAPSHOTS-CD-ALBUM-COL7ONE-NEU-/200879519595

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/WILDE-KIM-SNAPSHOTS-CD-ALBUM-COL7ONE-NEW-/360555295708

 

http://www.amazon.com/Snapshots-Kim-Wilde/dp/B00565RJAI

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapshots_%28Kim_Wilde_album%29

 

If you were only interested in a single song instead of the entire album, no need to go through proxy and simply grab a copy here

 

http://www.amazon.com/Its-Alright/dp/B006C91GJC

 

http://www.amazon.com/To-France/dp/B006C91IL8

 

http://www.amazon.com/Timebomb/dp/B0087DVGCS

 

That really depends on whether you wanna pay a dollar for each lossy download in MP3 format that could be basically ripped off YouTube for free, or go for the lossless version by importing the CD(s) somewhere.

 

The breakdown is more like this: Timebomb is more expensive as Limited Edition so it might be a good idea to go through French proxy while paying qobuz.com for the lossless downloads if lossy were not good enough for you.

 

To France plus It's Alright are included in the same album so keep an eye on eBay for good deals. Of course those remixes are not there and not sure if that were something you wanna get or not.

 


 

By far the most straightforward solution is Spotify in lossy format with both singles you are looking for

 

http://spotydl.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81BsBMv9XlU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiCrTZN67Q0
http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=15793089094

http://open.spotify.com/track/5iXlbg16Fw84K2FwPsokzj
http://open.spotify.com/album/6Cu1D7msHhyUltUV6A8hZM
http://open.spotify.com/album/2o94286rgRkhJ6OM5TrVC5

 

The could be a great choice in the long run if you were trying to find even more singles only available outside US.

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

I already have the album. The MP3s you linked to are just songs off the album. The ones I linked to are remixes.

 

Maybe someone in Europe can help me out?

post #10 of 19

Available on Spotify with a quick Google search

 

http://open.spotify.com/track/1EkRDx4n5rrgXIn9AL0QLb

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

How do I download from Spotify? What format do they use?

post #12 of 19
post #13 of 19

Qobuz is amazing!!! Great quality downloads -- often better than CD! And every format you can imagine. I am a Mac user and they have ALAC 24 bit downloads!!! I stopped buying from iTunes long ago and I am sorry to say, I was not happy with all my HD Tracks purchases. While I would prefer to spend my money in the US, Qobuz is just better. And with the 24 bit downloads, I stopped looking at going vinyl.

post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

Qobuz is amazing!!! Great quality downloads -- often better than CD! And every format you can imagine. I am a Mac user and they have ALAC 24 bit downloads!!! I stopped buying from iTunes long ago and I am sorry to say, I was not happy with all my HD Tracks purchases. While I would prefer to spend my money in the US, Qobuz is just better. And with the 24 bit downloads, I stopped looking at going vinyl.
+1. I buy mostly from Qobuz and Boomkat for lossless. There is also Bleep, Musicme, JunoDownloads, or the band's Bandcamp site.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

I never saw seeteeyou's last message. I will check out that site. Thank you!

 

Cante, how do you buy from Qobuz? Aren't you in the U.S.?

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