42 Comments

Summary:

With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an easier — or more confusing — time to buy music. Avowed music geek Dan Kantor of exfm tells you everything you need to know about how (and where) you should buy your music online.

Albums

AlbumsWith the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an easier time to buy a song. Each service is different, though, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your phone, listening habits and geekiness, you are better off going with one service over another. Here is a handy guide to help you choose which service is best for you.

Do you own an iPhone? Are you a geek?

Then you should use Amazon Cloud Player. iTunes still sells their music in AAC format. This is different from MP3. Even though many devices play AAC, you are still safer buying an MP3 file. Plus, Amazon always has deals, and you can pick up many albums for $5. After you purchase a song, you can listen to it on Amazon’s Cloud Player website, but you’ll likely want to get it on your phone. Amazon has a nice app that auto-downloads purchased tunes and sticks them right into iTunes. From there, you can use the new iOS5 Sync over Wifi and transfer the song to your iPhone without much hassle.

Do you own an iPhone, but are not a geek?

You should use iTunes. You don’t care about AAC. Saving $5 on an album is not worth the extra steps getting it on your phone. iCloud makes it easy to download purchased songs on to all your devices and computers. Maybe you’ll even use Ping to tell your friends what you bought (just kidding!).

Should you pay $25 a year for iTunes Match?

That’s a tougher question because both geeks and non-geeks alike will find things to love and hate about Match. On the geeky side, you are thinking that a lot of your music was ripped poorly at a low bitrate and has skips in it. Paying $25 to convert to cleaner files with a higher bitrate is enticing. Of course, they are still AAC and it’s not like there is a nice website to go stream all this from. You’ll still be downloading manually and you may have more than 25,000 songs which means you are SOL with Match. For the rest of you non-geeks, it’s probably worth it. You don’t use Dropbox to transfer songs from one computer to another. You don’t care about AAC. You are not sure what syncing songs over Wifi means. Match makes it easier to listen to your music on your computer at home and at work. You should do it.

Do you own an Android?

If so, let’s eliminate iTunes. Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music offer great experiences getting music on your phone. You can purchase from right within the app. You can also purchase from the web and the music will be instantly available on your device for streaming. So which of the two should you use? You are probably better off using Amazon at this point. As with the Kindle, Amazon is a retailer that is committed to being on all devices. That means that the music you purchase on Amazon today will find its way on to many devices in the future. Will we see Cloud Player on the iPhone? Most likely, at some point. Will we see Google Music? Maybe. But if it’s as good as Gmail or any other Google apps on the iPhone, then it won’t be worth it anyway. Another reason to use Amazon is that you can easily download songs to your phone for offline listening. As an added bonus, the music you download is available in other apps — like games and such. Google Music allows you to “pin” music for offline listening but that music only will play within Google Music. As far as I can tell, you cannot access it from other apps. One thing Google Music has going for it is integration with Google+. It remains to be seen how effective that is, but the idea of sharing purchased songs with your friends is a step in the right direction. Music is social, and none of the above services have cracked that yet.

So there you have it. A helpful guide to purchasing music. We’ve come a long way and it sure is great to see three big companies competing on features and price. We are all better off for it. As for me? I mostly purchase from Amazon and Bandcamp with the occasional iTunes and now Google Music sprinkled in. I guess if you are an ultra music geek with many devices, that’s your best bet!

Dan Kantor is the CEO of exfm, a social music service, as well as an adjunct professor at NYU ITP. He spends his days listening to music and wrote this post after repeatedly being asked by friends the best ways to buy music today.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/jXJYWIgf via Dan Kantor, exfm

  2. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/HoIHnBRO @amarchugg #news

  3. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/K82BOSJH @amarchugg #news

  4. Ray Informatics Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/fyvbmLuB

  5. Crunked On Tech Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/lh3tCVwq

  6. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/OIpApHmZ

  7. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/8887y3RR

  8. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/F9jD2BVo

  9. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/Cr6Qkckp

  10. Roberts Chapman Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/Ce85JeVp

  11. Peter Alexandrov Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/0uGJq66k

  12. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/2fd0Tg62

  13. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/rNkzCpWW

  14. Mohammed Maqsoud Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YJZWir65 #technology

  15. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  16. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/oomKrUfg

  17. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/VH7Y6nwz

  18. amazinginteriors Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/foTHb2zc

  19. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/DtWESDrZ

  20. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/HJ3uzzL2

  21. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/AHlbAGP6

  22. Karttikeya Bihani Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  23. RT @all_trends_IT: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/jXJYWIgf via Dan Kantor, exfm

  24. Hilda I Cruz  Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/HZUvCCM1

  25. “@gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/sESBGA6E”

  26. Jessica Ivy Page Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/CTWd1zPG written by the lovely @dankantor

  27. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/SteOGIAA

  28. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/8dsV5ChG

  29. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/0tRdZPyl

  30. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  31. TheAppleBlog: This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Pl… http://t.co/1V7ziW6l

  32. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/eiErjXSo

  33. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/iXBBEPu6

  34. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/dcntiyV4

  35. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/nz01iqEp

  36. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  37. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/y7Dd8nhz

  38.  kk_anoy  Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/bdmTKOuG

  39. AAC is superior to MP3, check the specs

    1. This article is incorrect about downloading Google Music purchases. You can download them individually from the your Google Music library as a 320kbps MP3. Or if you use the Music Manager, there is now an option to download all music purchases. Try downloading all your purchases with Amazon. You have to check them all one by one.

    2. This is actually a slight misnomer.

      Yes it’s superior in that it can achieve a sound quality equal to Mp3 at the same bit rate in a (marginally) smaller file size, but from a quality standpoint they’re about the same. Both formats are what’s called “Lossy” compression, so data is lost when compression is done.

      Since it all comes down to the ear, most people won’t be able to sonic-ly tell the difference between and AAC and Mp3 file of the same song encoded at the same bit rate.

      1. Michael you made a bit of a mistake. AAC sounds better at the same bitrate than MP3 because of more sophisticated compression. If and AAC and a MP3 song are the same bitrate the size will be exactly the game.

        Fraunhofer created MP3 and then AAC. It’s infeasible to think they created a newer format that fails to be superior to their older format.

        All things considered I’d rather have higher quality in a smaller data package knowing that I can easily convert to MP3 when I need to.

  40. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/3yw3QWNJ

  41. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/SscDBu85

  42. gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/DKL30NI0

  43. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/q13uyRA4

  44. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/28SLrwqN

  45. mayhem management Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/GKgnZZdv

  46. Technology News Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YSuieicZ

  47. Assuming you are a dodo & still purchase music… RT This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/rpejLNO6

  48. #apple This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/3RzKGtFv

  49. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/8CKi1gdo

  50. RT @blkmmconnect: #apple This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/GTLJJRIN

  51. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ja2J6DyH

  52. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/g3l4dMpN

  53. TrackDaddy Prod. Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/4uiS9N4X

  54. Discover Online Saturday, November 19, 2011

    [TechResearch] This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Clo… http://t.co/3T9jvGSW #ID

  55. Web Tech Update Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/6nOfTR64

  56. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/IN73BKMA #business

  57. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ylKL504E (via @gigaom)

  58. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/r8IREqpw #Apple #iPodtouch

  59. gianluca carrera Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online #socialmedia http://t.co/yoKfimjM

  60. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/7xd8RvSs @dankantor @exfm

  61. Vinod Chandramouli Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  62. RT @isabelkantor: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/7xd8RvSs @dankantor @exfm

  63. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/5TKfyvxU #apple #mac #iphone

  64. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/0XYNVJrF

  65. Well said @dankantor http://t.co/KRB31QPZ

  66. This is how you should buy music online #socialmedia http://t.co/pLeV2YXM – via @gianlucacarrera

  67. This is how you should buy music online: Will we see Google Music? Maybe. But if it’s as good as Gmail or any ot… http://t.co/TpYVm01l

  68. This is how you should buy music online: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been… http://t.co/vIus6AO8

  69. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ih0k0w9x

  70. Matheus Cardoso Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/KYzFmYJi

  71. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  72. PhaniRaj Kuchibhotla Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  73. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/SV7Q3qNf

  74. Hey MPAA and RIAA please use technology to solve your minor revenue issues. Thats what everyone else is doing. #SOPA http://t.co/N595I8Pr

  75. All Google World Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/Fif62ZXS

  76. This is how you should buy music online — http://t.co/nLA3xgeN

  77. Really good comparison! RT @gigaom This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9Sh6E3X2

  78. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  79. The amazon downloader errors constant on lion. If it corrupts the song you have to go through customer service to get the download again. Apple with the cloud is way easier and works much better the only advantage amazon has is price on the sales they do.

  80. what does ‘buy music’ mean? “@isabelkantor: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/eHc5kNe0 @dankantor @exfm”

  81. Jefferson bonnaire Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/waPsQpZI #music #online

  82. Assuming you are a dodo & still purchase music… RT This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/waVvrkGx (via @Matt_Kiser)

  83. Team BigCatTrucker Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @teknews This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/OYObLUsC

  84. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/z6XWWCkk <- amazon mp3 is my choice; convenient & ubiquitous.

  85. No. Buy directly from the artist RT @exfm: RT @isabelkantor: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/6FibCKEu @dankantor

  86. Scobleizer: RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/DKL30NI0

  87. Disco Jesus (DJ) Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/jghB1GgN

  88. This is how you should buy music online With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has nev #voip #telcom http://t.co/vaIc28AD

  89. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/dOq3U3ra

  90. Wendy, AAC may be technically superior but MP3 can be played everywhere. When buying its the safer choice for compatibility now and in the future.

    1. iTunes doesn’t have DRM anymore Dan so it would be trivial to convert songs to MP3 if needed. In reality this article could be summed up easily.

      1. Buy according to price.

      2. If you own Apple equipment buy iTunes Match and you’ll get all the benefits of the iTunes Store

      3. If you have hardware that “only” plays MP3 get rid of it. It’s crap.

      4. Even Geeks can comfortably buy from iTunes. The automatic syncing of my music, video and books to all of my iDevices is worth more than doing the whole Amazon shuffle. My time is a bit more precious than saving a few cents.

      5. Get Spotify and Rdio and enjoy millions of tracks of music

      1. Converting to MP3 is not hard but it’s an annoying PITA to do for everything you own. And then there’s the storage of it (you keeping two copies of every song?). No thanks. MP3 for the extendability across platforms.

        To Andre below, popularity has never been a very good measure of “good” (are you buying music according to Top 40?). iTunes is the most popular because iPods are the most popular MP3 players.

    2. If you have iTunes, you would know that you can convert any file to mp3 in a few seconds. There isn’t a music storing system better than iTunes. If there was, they’d be the most popular system to use. Also, portable music is played mostly on iPod’s or iOS devices, so the file type is pretty irrelevant.

      1. As an unrepentant and hapy Widows user, I can tell you with no uncertainty that iTunes for Windows is a horrid and frustrating experience. I was happy the day I deleted that mess from my system.
        I am now actually using a combination of Media Monkey/winamp and a cool app called subsonic to manage my extensive library (over 2 gig and counting). iTunes just doesn’t cut it

      2. Both are lossy formats so every time you convert you lose more quality. The downside of buying in AAC (already lost some quality) then convert to MP3 is that it will be definition be lesser quality then if you bought it in MP3 initially.

      3. LOL to the guy who uses Winamp and thinks 2GB is an extensive library. (Mac iTunes user with 175GB library)

  91. Google+ Updates Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/60bu8OCr #GooglePlus

  92. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/xDhmhuVe

  93. Brandy Luscalzo Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has ne… http://t.co/4gO0LFNT #gigaom

  94. This is how you should buy music online: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there ha… http://t.co/8fCFYvh1 Via. GigaOM

  95. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  96. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/6Pvz2x6V

  97. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  98. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon… http://t.co/VomQPQg7

  99. [GigaOM] This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player … http://t.co/YaYY4FVa

  100. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vA0lXzdj

  101. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/LWAAAc0H

  102. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/Fvfl50Rx via @GigaOm

  103. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  104. Angelique C. Murray Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  105. Nicholas Datema Saturday, November 19, 2011

    I think this is a good review of some of the major cloud services but not quite what I expected. As an iPhone user I didn’t know about the how google is trying to make the music social within their services and I like that part as how it shares is pretty important. I think Spotify is worth mentioning as it does all of the above with social sharing and really is only lacking a storefront. That’s not for me either and I’d rather be a geek about where the dollars go when buying music. Personally, I’d say BandCamp or Kickstarter is the best way to buy music. Let the services compete with better ways to share it, we all win.

  106. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  107. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  108. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/PorzGi2s

  109. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/bneRSuCC

  110. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  111. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/kHhJYDFB

  112. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/YH7hEX7h

  113. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/7GeoslX8 via http://t.co/K9hFig4A

  114. Social Media News : This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/GlKlrGmx

  115. @earth2tech: This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has … http://t.co/IvbnJ6qU

  116. Leo Newball, Jr Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  117. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/5QD7t14f

  118. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/duJIHITv

  119. Nicholas Datema Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @Scobleizer RT @gigaom This is how you should buy music online. http://t.co/24ypcU2z

  120. This is how you should buy music online: iTunes still sells their music in AAC format. This is different from MP… http://t.co/Ih7CK9kw

  121. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ZkuNrMvq

  122. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/BKLSNkK6

  123. This is how you should buy music online: You are probably better off using Amazon at this point. As with the Kin… http://t.co/t2hSNHaP

  124. RT @OriginalSignal: This is how you should buy music online.. http://t.co/5LhaiTF0

  125. Kasi Top Shayela Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/09HcuEGX #KasiTopShayela

  126. #tech #news This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has n… http://t.co/WevD7zOi

  127. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/VVolXAdM

  128. Also remember that people do still buy their own CDs and use iTunes for the convenient management of their albums etc. I personally, rarely, if ever, download music from any of them. It all depends on if you only hear or listen to music I guess so you pays your money and makes your choice as ever

  129. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/B2SBzgT8

  130. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/bYmjFacN

  131. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  132. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/bNUJlhgV

  133. This is how you should buy music online – With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been an… http://t.co/yH087006

  134. With all these online music services in the news, which one suits you best. This article tries to help: http://t.co/JB4h6r08

  135. Buy Music? Why when I have Spotify?

  136. RT @AppleFollowers: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/px16HHy8

  137. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/MtdI0iBx

  138. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/wElNNYUc

  139. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/DyV2CsyP

  140. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/sV6N1Z99

  141. OnlineFacCareer Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: Dan Kantor is the CEO of exfm, a social music service, as well as an ad… http://t.co/Kcu1nrQI

  142. This is how you should buy music online: I mostly purchase from Amazon and Bandcamp with the occasional iTunes a… http://t.co/B5Iw9Ptf

  143. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ZC7jcZp3

  144. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/u9dIlOtw iTunes, Amazon MP3 or Google Music? The best guide for geeks and normies alike.

  145. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  146. This is how you should buy music online: By Dan Kantor, exfm Nov. 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recen… http://t.co/TfyGVees

  147. Something may interest you: This is how you should buy music online: http://t.co/eoDppgFl

  148. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  149. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  150. >>> Even though many devices play AAC, you are still safer buying an MP3 file. <<<

    2006 called- they want their audio advice back.

    In 2011, AAC is supported by almost all devices, including Android phones. AAC has superior audio quality at the same bitrate, saving storage space- especially important with cell phones (even with hybrid streaming solutions).

    AAC means you get higher fidelity without bigger files- it's a selling point, not a disadvantage.

    1. Personally I get a Flac file when I can – ripped my 1K+ cd’s this way – then converted to 320kbs /sec MP3 for portability. When archiving files for storage file size at doesn’t really matter anymore given storage costs and services.

      Another issue to consider is converting a lossy codec eg. ACC into another lossy codec like MP3 reduces quality each time. It all involves tradeoffs.

  151. You totally missed eMusic.com. Great community, great prices, DRM free . Subscription model is great for music collectors. Check it out

    1. to comment on your above comment, i have 5x more music, 10gb+ and use itunes to manage it with no problems at all. i think the real problem is trying to manage media of any sort with a windows based computer. theyre horrible at it, period. not to mention, youre using three programs to manage an average at best size collection, while i only have to use one for a bigger collection. you dont see a problem with that?

      1. Agreed. From someone who has over 175GB of music.

  152. A nice perk of iTunes Match is seamless integration with Apple TV. The whole library is available, and you’re no longer dependent on having a computer handy.

  153. Good overview. I tend to use Amazon, good features and prices: “This is how you should buy music online” — http://t.co/BJMPculC via GigaOM

  154. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/lAYq4BIg

  155. nigelia suahali Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/gY8NbyJ1

  156. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/KgR3y2WM

  157. Music | This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent … http://t.co/yaO26cIU | Read More…

  158. “Are you in Canada? SOL, son.”

  159. This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Comments With the recent launches of Google Musi… http://t.co/3I92FTG4

  160. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  161. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  162. This is how you should buy music online: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCloud, there has never been… http://t.co/mv5HHDjF

  163. The Apple Blog – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9jAeefLb

  164. ĄKHMAD ℞ẤᴹDaNi Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @AppleMacGeek: The Apple Blog – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9jAeefLb

  165. This is how you should buy music online: After you purchase a song, you can listen to it on Amazon’s Cloud Playe… http://t.co/TxzUXJAY

  166. Rebecca Williams Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: After you purchase a song, you can listen to it on Amazon’s Cloud Playe… http://t.co/q3oujoaF

  167. Vikram V Prabhu Saturday, November 19, 2011

    how to buy music online http://t.co/6uMzuk6Q

  168. Karttikeya Bihani Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @AppleMacGeek: The Apple Blog – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9jAeefLb

  169. http://t.co/EsuQwPtj This is how you should buy music online: 19, 2011, 9:00am PT No Commen… http://t.co/3IrvQSAx http://t.co/tMOhAK6p

  170. This is how you should buy music online: After you purchase a song, you can listen to it on Amazon’s Cloud Playe… http://t.co/0Xx0QwYK

  171. Data Center Blogs Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iClou… http://t.co/hPLmTQ2j

  172. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YHhrp0j9

  173. lutushia palvera Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: … to buy music. Avowed music geek Dan Kantor… http://t.co/MirP2WuT

  174. Um…what if you’re one of those poor souls that doesn’t own (or want!) An iphone or Android device? Kind of silly to write an article, put in this nice segmentation and leave out blackberry, windows phone or feature phone owners (I.e. Desktop only).

    1. Sounds like the article isn’t for you. Would you read an advice column for Mormons and complain that they should not have written it because you aren’t Mormon? (Yes I am comparing lesser phones to Mormonism, I find that funny)

  175. RT @AppleMacGeek: The Apple Blog – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9jAeefLb

  176. Music Downloads Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Music Downloads: This is how you should buy music online: After you purchase a song, you can listen to it on Ama… http://t.co/ThqiLqKH

  177. Deborah Collins Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Google Music allows you to “pin” music for offline listening but that… http://t.co/ng00PCIg http://t.co/u7gL1tf6

  178. I get where the AAC may be better. But for me it’s cost and convenience, Converting songs out of Itunes to listen elsewhere seems archaic, Itunes -really- wants to be the only program on my Win7 pc… I read it and thought Amazon was the way to go… except for my 17 year old daughter… Itunes to Iphone all the way…

  179. [GigaOm] This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/qJPJn62z

  180. FluenceNewMarketing Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/GtUhqGXQ

  181. Arthur C. Van Wyk Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/uhOBeJrA

  182. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/XuCtGyoD

  183. This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCl… http://t.co/nC8C4Omm

  184. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/lut3rhBu

  185. Peter Vander Auwera Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/lCftwm4N > Hm… just started playing with Spotify

  186. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/lRijJPtC

  187. Luca Filigheddu Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9y8gxSvO

  188. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  189. Ramesh Iyer Balan Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Amazon cloud player – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/CcXPXkuc

  190. This is how you should buy music online – http://t.co/a8dQBILJ

  191. This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCl… http://t.co/brpU1JnN

  192. RT @drjaxon: Assuming you are a dodo & still purchase music… RT This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/waVvrkGx (via @Matt_Kiser)

  193. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/I1QN2SRr

  194. Advice on how to buy music according to your device and geekiness http://t.co/7ORzGQ9B

  195. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/EltXuivt

  196. RT @ITBlogs: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/SscDBu85

  197. lutushia palvera Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online: I guess if you are an ultra music geek with many devices, that’s your b… http://t.co/kLFiZikT

  198. Durga Prasad Sahoo Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vY2Mpbre

  199. This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/miHbYpAL

  200. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/kGRcaaNZ

  201. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/h6SeHO8V

  202. This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/IR9xEaYU

  203. This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/IR9xEaYU

  204. http://t.co/IR9xEaYU This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm

  205. Andrew T. Garcia Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/SRF4DBFE …or you could just #spotify

  206. Andrew T. Garcia Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/SRF4DBFE …or you could just #spotify

  207. Hmmmm,
    We have iMac, MacBook pro, apple tv, iPad 2 & iPod touch 4 but our 4 lines in Verizon are htc REZOUND & droid razr…

    My 2 kids loves so much the GOOGLE MUSIC than amazon & iTunes…

    You can play it in any devices and anywhere in the world, just use your GMAIL address and you are good to go…

    The quality is amazing and you have lots of options in GOOGE MUSIC with free tunes everyday and some album & single are cheaper…

    Please use and research more and you will find more features in GOOGLE MUSIC, by the way it’s very new but it’s advance already – how much more after 1 year???

    1. Hi Dan,
      You did not include BlackBerry Cloud Music in comparison. For $5 a month, you get access to 50 songs for a month and also your friend’s songs. Kind of social twist to netflix style flat-rate subscription. I love it. Other services let you buy but not share.

  208. Horace Slughorn Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/i8jTIFTJ

  209. Abhishek Nagrale Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online – http://t.co/NbW2oTGf

  210. @Innerviews good article on Om about it http://t.co/vSfpjRQL

  211. The Cloud Network Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: With Google Music, Amazon … http://t.co/n8u6F0jr #amazon #cloud #TCN

  212. This is how you should buy music online: With the recent launches of Google Music, Amazon Cloud Play… http://t.co/RV4DUYwi via @gigaom

  213. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/HAtZGeTu by via @gigaom

  214. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  215. Harrison Slowde Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  216. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  217. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  218. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  219. RT @gigaom: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/YMHbjoqU

  220. This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: With Google Music, Amazon Cloud Player and iCl… http://t.co/GP0vOUt6

  221. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  222. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  223. Guadalupe Blaise Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  224. RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  225. Humphrie Denzill Saturday, November 19, 2011

    RT @louiebaur: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/vf91giMf

  226. This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm http://t.co/1D0gKnaW

  227. Music | This is how you should buy music online — Tech News and Analysis: With Google Music, Amaz… http://t.co/Ge3N39S5 | Read More…

  228. This is how you should buy music online #Technology #Socialnetworking http://t.co/9nvyMYQv

  229. http://t.co/MiOCF7NC This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm

  230. #reading – This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/5PkAXCkh

  231. This is how you should buy music online. http://t.co/28TPd2bO #techgossip

  232. vali nagacevschi Saturday, November 19, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/CPZ79mjD

  233. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/O4BH9oAi

  234. This is how you should buy music online | It is easier now to buy music online | http://t.co/wGegVbzh http://t.co/1SmqFmbZ

  235. Luc ∞ Jallois Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/QmLoE20W

  236. some guidance on online music shopping (provided you have a US IP address – http://t.co/R5aOHeqk

  237. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/uR98CSaZ

  238. http://t.co/S6CLN1ZE This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm

  239. gareth lofthouse Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Useful round-up of music services http://t.co/tzb4iBWS

  240. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/ibIzqF4j

  241. David J M Clare Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online (according to gigaom) http://t.co/S6hY0q6e

  242. RT @arthur2point0: This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/uhOBeJrA

  243. Ndlela Quincy Ntuli Sunday, November 20, 2011

    erm, SOL ?

  244. Jérémie Klein Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/10nx7Ysf

  245. Mirza Mushtaq Baig Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/f5XaBMFX

  246. Bruno Cordero Pérez Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/E3wRjp6G #MusicOnline

  247. Whichever starts offering lossless format on everything at the same price will get my custom.

  248. http://t.co/MiOCF7NC This is how you should buy music online – GigaOm

  249. Kimberly LeRiche Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/f6HaHY0J via @gigaom

  250. Poorly written, and devoid of facts, is this what passes for tech journalism these days?

    No mention of lossless formats? Mp3 a safer bet than AAC? My goodness man, it’s almost 2012, how’s that Betamax copy of tron going?

    1. I honestly don’t see, in the context of what’s written by the author above, how getting into lossless formats would help folks out. It’s very clear what he’s trying to convey in a nutshell. Getting all involved in fleshing out lossless simply confuses the newbies. There’s a principle which sometimes holds- KISS. Keep it simple, stupid.

  251. This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/Pde7iGHx

  252. Picopoint Today Sunday, November 20, 2011

    This is how you should buy music online http://t.co/9obEGTxr

  253. Jeremy Haskell Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Do you respect artists? RT @KateGardiner: This is how you should buy music online (@gigaom) http://t.co/LfUC9OPJ