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  #784018 19-Mar-2013 17:34
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Bit the bullet - installed itunes in a vm (I run Linux - haven't had to fire up a windows box in a while) - and bought the album.
Then converted to mp3 so anything can play it.

Bit rate is 258.

Thanks everyone for suggestions - sorry about my rant.

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  #784019 19-Mar-2013 17:35
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320 kbps on google play

 
 
 
 


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  #784021 19-Mar-2013 17:47
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Klipspringer: 320 kbps on google play


I didn't realise that. May have to try it, but it isn't easily avaliable to NZers is it unless you go through a VPN?

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  #784027 19-Mar-2013 18:00
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mattwnz:
johnr:
mattwnz:
johnr: Not Sure what the new Album is called but plenty of music on the Vodafone music store (Vodafone play)

http://play.vodafone.co.nz/music




Very low bit rate, Only 128 last time I used it. itunes quality is far higher.


Was the OP speaking about bit rate? I am not even sure what the bit rate is,The thread is about buying legal music in New Zeland


Look in itunes under the music track and you will see what  'bitrate' means. 
Bit rate is the same as compression, and it's only 128kbps compression last time I purchased a track from it. Bit rate is one of the most important things when buying online music, as the sound quality of the music track makes a huge amount of difference.  Apples if far higher quality and no DRM either, so I think it is one of the better choice for buying music. I wouldn't buy any music under 192 as the compression is too easy to hear on good quality speakers. Most of apples is 256 these days which is what people should be buying. Amazons music bit rate is also 256 http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200389400


I suggest you read my post again, I know what bit rate means

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  #784028 19-Mar-2013 18:05
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 I did, you said quote 

"I am not even sure what the bit rate is,"

The OP was wanting to buy music, and music needs a decent bit rate at least 256 these days is a decent bit rate, which these days tends to be the industry minimum standard for buying online music.

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  #784031 19-Mar-2013 18:17
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" the bit rate is " was I don't know what the bit rate is for music off the Vodafone play store or I would have said I don't know what bit rate means

And no not once the OP spoke about bit rate they were upset as they thought the only option was itunes for music


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  #784037 19-Mar-2013 18:26
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johnr: " the bit rate is " was I don't know what the bit rate is for music off the Vodafone play store or I would have said I don't know what bit rate means

And no not once the OP spoke about bit rate they were upset as they thought the only option was itunes for music



Ok, rereading it I can see what you mean. My point was that it isn't really an alternative option ,as people these days want at least 256. So I was comparing apples with apples when it came to the music download sites. Ask the OP what they would prefer to buy music at 128, or 256

 
 
 
 


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  #784040 19-Mar-2013 18:29
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mattwnz:
johnr: " the bit rate is " was I don't know what the bit rate is for music off the Vodafone play store or I would have said I don't know what bit rate means

And no not once the OP spoke about bit rate they were upset as they thought the only option was itunes for music



Ok, rereading it I can see what you mean. My point was that it isn't really an alternative option ,as people these days want at least 256. So I was comparing apples with apples when it came to the music download sites. Ask the OP what they would prefer to buy music at 128, or 256


Of course it's an alternative option

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  #784041 19-Mar-2013 18:39
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bagpussnz: Then converted to mp3 so anything can play it.

I'm interested in hearing what device or software you're using that can't play AAC. Virtually everything can play it these days so there are very few reasons to downgrade your music to MP3.

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  #784078 19-Mar-2013 20:14
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mattwnz:
johnr: " the bit rate is " was I don't know what the bit rate is for music off the Vodafone play store or I would have said I don't know what bit rate means

And no not once the OP spoke about bit rate they were upset as they thought the only option was itunes for music



Ok, rereading it I can see what you mean. My point was that it isn't really an alternative option ,as people these days want at least 256. So I was comparing apples with apples when it came to the music download sites. Ask the OP what they would prefer to buy music at 128, or 256


Some people might demand 256kb or more, but I honestly struggle to tell the difference when listening to music.

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  #784079 19-Mar-2013 20:17
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The OP is sorted and this is straying OT so locked.

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