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  # 610532 17-Apr-2012 14:26
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simon14: 
For example, 30 Seconds To Mars CD is $9.99 from The Warehouse, online it would cost about $22.



Consider the opportunity cost of your time having to convert to an actual useful format ie: digtal so you have it on your phone and media player.



 
 
 
 


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  # 610543 17-Apr-2012 14:42
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Ragnor:
simon14: 
For example, 30 Seconds To Mars CD is $9.99 from The Warehouse, online it would cost about $22.



Consider the opportunity cost of your time having to convert to an actual useful format ie: digtal so you have it on your phone and media player.



Meh, 30 seconds to chuck it in the CD tray while I'm doing something else on the lappie. It encodes in the background, downloads the track info & album pix, and dumps the lot in my music collection. Another 30 seconds to put the disk back in its case.
$12/minute saving. Unless your hourly rate is in the neighbourhood of $700, its probably worth the effort. Assuming you were at the Warehouse anyway..

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  # 610544 17-Apr-2012 14:44
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Six60 is $22.99 from the Warehouse and $19.99 from iTunes.

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  # 610550 17-Apr-2012 14:51
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myopinion: Six60 is $22.99 from the Warehouse and $19.99 from iTunes.


$10.99us  from the US iTunes store $13.46 after conversion


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  # 610840 17-Apr-2012 21:46
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And the hassle of maintaining /storingthe obsolete disc and case as its the only proof that you have licensed the recording.




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  # 610843 17-Apr-2012 21:48
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richms: And the hassle of maintaining /storingthe obsolete disc and case as its the only proof that you have licensed the recording.


Yep. I have boxes here with about 300 CDs, just to prove the digital content in my HDD is actually legally "format shifted" and not pirated.





 
 
 
 


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  # 610860 17-Apr-2012 22:27
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itunes is ok but they haven;'t updated their prices for years to reflect the exchange rate.

I used to use vodafones store, as they used to be high quality mp3s(about 256kbps). But thy are now highly compressed (128kbps) when I last used it after they updated their website, compared to itunes.

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  # 610870 17-Apr-2012 22:51
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Amazon MP3 is US 9.49. There are ways to buy it but I won't go into the details.

Generalizing, people in Auckland have to get into a car, drive to The Warehouse, refuel for petrol and then back, I'd say it all adds up. I'm glad I'm not in Auckland at the moment.

To be fair, there are other albums that will cost more in NZD than your example and there will be regional ones that work out to be cheaper. Consumer is king and just shop around.


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  # 610938 18-Apr-2012 08:15
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I have iTunes match so iTunes is a better option for many reasons.

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  # 611003 18-Apr-2012 09:36
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freitasm:
myopinion: Mp3.va.com looks great is it legit?


i doubt it is.



they design copyright law and did not offer easy method to obtain those songs. many people have succumb to sites like this. just because you 'pay' for it, that does not mean it is legal.





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nakedmolerat:
freitasm:
myopinion: Mp3.va.com looks great is it legit?


i doubt it is.



they design copyright law and did not offer easy method to obtain those songs. many people have succumb to sites like this. just because you 'pay' for it, that does not mean it is legal.


well it would depend totally on the laws of the country where servers are and where company is registered.
there are few russian website full of music, which are legal, but only available for russian residents, because there're special authorities in russian who collects money and distributes it to the rights holders, but service (website) is restricted to the russian residents only.

also there are movie stream services and so on.

I would assume that ukranian laws similar to russian, therefore, statement that site is not legal is totally your assumptions based on NZ laws.




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  # 611042 18-Apr-2012 11:08
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Ragnor:
simon14:  For example, 30 Seconds To Mars CD is $9.99 from The Warehouse, online it would cost about $22.

Consider the opportunity cost of your time having to convert to an actual useful format ie: digtal so you have it on your phone and media player. 


About 5 minutes, including ripping, converting & synching to the device - on pretty much any computer built in the last 2-3 years. With the added advantage of being completely DRM free & in the format and quality of your choosing.

Obviously, I'm not factoring in travel time to actually go and purchase said item, assuming it wasn't an impulse purchase. You could also order online and have the CD shipped to you, possibly paying an additional fee for the privilege (JB Hifi ship for free, which must eat most of their per-CD profit).

I think the bigger issue here is that people are potentially buying 30 Seconds to Mars albums... ;)

There's also amplifier.co.nz - although they don't tend to be very cheap.

Someone did recommend Six60 to me, I shall have to investigate.

The "new" Little Bushmen album, Te Oranga is good too, although their website hasn't been updated to say that it's actually available despite being released almost a year ago.





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  # 611142 18-Apr-2012 13:45
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One option is borrowing, renting, CDs from the public library. 

This is not a new complaint but buying music online is way too hard.

I can see almost/hear almost any music I like on YouTube, where is the "Buy this song for $1" button? Such a button downloads the song to your Android devices and records your purchase in your account so if you loose it you don't have to pay again. Seriously, is it that hard to design a new distribution channel? 




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Is it legal to backup your music purchased online to a cloud service like sugarsync?

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