I'm changing the way I buy music...I'm abandoning downloading music (which I've been doing for about 6 years) and going back to buying CD's. It seems a bit backwards, but it has a lot of advantages.
I have a requirement that my music is in MP3 format...I have several devices I use (computers, iPod, car system, Xbox 360, phone) and MP3 is the only format that works in all places.
Most importantly, look at the work involved in getting music into your library.
For downloaded music...
- Burn downloaded track onto a CD
- Rip track from CD back onto computer so it is in MP3 form
- Update artist, song, album, genre tag information
- Rename the MP3 using ARTIST-SONG.mp3 format
- Create artist and album folders and move MP3 into correct location
- Add album art
- Rip track from CD
The number of steps involved with downloaded music has kept me from buying music.
Today I wanted to buy a few songs and I tried to find a place that would download MP3's, with album art, correct file names, and tag information...but I couldn't find any.
So I decided to go to amazon.com and buy CD's.
There are other advantages to using CD's over buying downloadable music...
- CD is used as your backup in case you have data loss
- CD quality is better than what you get from downloaded music
- The selection of music on CD *far* exceeds what you can download
Now for the disadvantages...
- Cost...you can't easily buy a single song on CD...you usually must buy an album. The songs I want will probably cost more than a $1/song.
- Instant gratification...I can't have the music I want now, I will have to wait until next week when it is delivered
I think switching back to CD's is the right answer...I'd be interested in hearing of better ways of dealing with this. Post away in the comments section if you have any ideas.