Where Do You Buy Your MP3s? [MakeUseOf Poll]

poll2   Where Do You Buy Your MP3s? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week, we asked you all to tell us what you really think of Facebook: Specifically, do you actually like Facebook? Well, it turns out most of you readers don’t like Facebook much at all.

From the 674 votes counted, we’ve got the following breakdown: 34% people think Facebook is evil; 28% voters suffer Facebook’s evil because they enjoy the benefits; 14% aren’t entirely sure what they think of Facebook; 14% readers actually like Facebook; 7% think Facebook is great; while 2% voters claim to have never heard of Facebook before.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.


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Do You Actually Like Facebook   Where Do You Buy Your MP3s? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: Where Do You Buy Your MP3s?

This poll question was devised by Tina Sieber. It will most likely result in a grand showdown between Amazon and iTunes, but it will also be interesting to see where else MakeUseOf readers buy MP3s. Bring it on!

All the big places are listed in the poll, but obviously not all independent or smaller stores could make the list. If you know of other great places to buy MP3s, please let us know in the comments!

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Mike

I don’t buy MP3s, nor any lossy format. I buy FLAC. Perhaps you should ask… “Where do you buy your digital music?”.

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Peter

Buy music?? HAHAHSAHASDJASAHSHAHSAHDASHASDHAWEUWAUEHAHAHAHDHASHAHAHASHDADBHAHAHAHASHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Mike

I don’t buy MP3s, nor any lossy format. I buy FLAC. Perhaps you should ask… “Where do you buy your digital music?”.

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Angela Alcorn

Good point. :)

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Peter

Buy music?? HAHAHSAHASDJASDHAWEUWAUEHAHAHAHDHASHASHDADBHAHAHASHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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probus

Buy? LOL

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Joe

You should be able to pick multiple locations. I buy music from different sources depending on things like price and audio quality. :-/

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Angela Alcorn

Fair call – you can choose multiple places now. :)

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Mr. John

lol buy music? sucks to be you and in mp3 hahahahaha

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Meena

hahahaha
why should i pay money for some mp3 files?
i can download them from torrents, 4shared.com , YOUTUBE.com, record them from grooveshark….. all for free and good quality

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Jagdesh Singh

Nah never buy them:D

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Meena Bassem

hahahaha
why should i pay money for some mp3 files?
i can download them from torrents, 4shared.com , YOUTUBE.com, record them from grooveshark….. all for free and good quality

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Chris V.

If you lose your music files, Apple at least lets you download them one more time, with Amazon.com, they ask you to pay for them again. So be careful.

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Chris V.

If you lose your music files, Apple at least lets you download them one more time, with Amazon.com, they ask you to pay for them again. So be careful.

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Aibek

good point. Apple is a safer bet from that perspective.

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Shade

Hey, kiddies:

If you don’t buy music online, then you don’t have to respond to the question.

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Shade

Hey, kiddies:

If you don’t buy music online, then you don’t have to respond to the question.

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Count Stex

Wow, so many ‘laughing’ for us buying music. It’s called capitalism guys, and it’s what pays for you computers and phones. If you don’t like it there are several choice none capitalist places to go live in.

Have to say I was expecting iTunes to be higher given it would be the number one spot for any iPhone/iPod owners. Glad to see I was wrong :)

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Count Stex

Wow, so many ‘laughing’ for us buying music. It’s called capitalism guys, and it’s what pays for you computers and phones. If you don’t like it there are several choice none capitalist places to go live in.

Have to say I was expecting iTunes to be higher given it would be the number one spot for any iPhone/iPod owners. Glad to see I was wrong :)

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Alan Ralph

I’m an iPod owner, but I’ve never bought music from iTunes, partly for historical reasons (they still had DRM and other craziness back then). I use the App Store with my new iPad, though.

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Mark O’Neill

Looking at some of the answers here, I feel really sorry for any artist trying to make a decent honest living, when there are so many people who have absolutely no qualms ripping them off. All I can say is that if the roles were reversed and you were the one trying to make money, you would be mad as hell that people were stealing from you. So how is this any different?

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Tina

Who are these kids ripping off? Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, and Justin Bieber? Well, yes, but apparently that doesn’t hurt them or does it? They only copy what’s already popular. It’s not like they steal CDs from a starving artist.

Rather than stuffing more money down the throat of Britney Spears and alike, people should buy music on open platforms like Bandcamp and NoiseTrade. That’s where the money will actually make a difference!

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Mark O’Neill

I wish Disqus provided a “dislike” button for comments here.

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Xoandre Moats

I actually prefer to download only the royalty free songs or – better yet – BUY the actual CD and have a hard copy that pays the artist and allows me to have a way to replace the ripped copy if I ever have computer problems.

I pity the fools who think that they *OWN* the MP3 files and later find them expiring or lose them when something terrible goes wrong with their computer/mobile device.

For those who want “free” music, it’s as simple as hoofing it to your local Public Library and checking out whatever CDs are available. Sometimes you may have to wait for a newer album to come out, but in the end it’s just easier…

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MastaJuan

music industry rips artists off long before their music reaches store shelves or the net

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Tina

Who are these kids ripping off? Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, and Justin Bieber? Well, yes, but apparently that doesn’t hurt them or does it? They only copy what’s already popular. It’s not like they steal CDs from a starving artist.

Rather than stuffing more money down the throat of Britney Spears and alike, people should buy music on open platforms like Bandcamp and NoiseTrade. That’s where the money will actually make a difference!

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Xoandre Moats

I actually prefer to download only the royalty free songs or – better yet – BUY the actual CD and have a hard copy that pays the artist and allows me to have a way to replace the ripped copy if I ever have computer problems.

I pity the fools who think that they *OWN* the MP3 files and later find them expiring or lose them when something terrible goes wrong with their computer/mobile device.

For those who want “free” music, it’s as simple as hoofing it to your local Public Library and checking out whatever CDs are available. Sometimes you may have to wait for a newer album to come out, but in the end it’s just easier…

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Alan Ralph

Interesting that Amazon MP3 is currently leading iTunes in votes.

My stores of choice are eMusic, Amazon MP3 (the UK branch, that is), CD Baby, Spotify (through 7digital) and Last.fm‘s buying links. I was also an infrequent buyer from Amiestreet whilst that was around.

To the commenters who said they don’t pay for their music, it is thanks to you that we have draconian legislation coming down the pike plus the major labels trying to be the law of the land. Put your money where your mouth is, and support your favourite artists directly if you can. I do!

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Alan Ralph

Interesting that Amazon MP3 is currently leading iTunes in votes.

My stores of choice are eMusic, Amazon MP3 (the UK branch, that is), CD Baby, Spotify (through 7digital) and Last.fm’s buying links. I was also an infrequent buyer from Amiestreet whilst that was around.

To the commenters who said they don’t pay for their music, it is thanks to you that we have draconian legislation coming down the pike plus the major labels trying to be the law of the land. Put your money where your mouth is, and support your favourite artists directly if you can. I do!

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James Gentes

mp3sale.ru, of course.

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James Gentes

mp3sale.ru, of course.

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Mordalo

Whatever happened to buying the CD and ripping it yourself, or am I showing my age here?

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becomeadj

Beatport has the best MP3 music variety IMO – especially if you are a DJ, its the most up to date music anywhere. And then I’d hate to say it iTunes is hard to go past…

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steve

“the music industry is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic halway where theives and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs……there’s also a negative side.
- H.S.T.

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steve

“the music industry is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic halway where theives and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs……there’s also a negative side.
- H.S.T.

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Blog Comm7

However, you have to be careful because an expert’s picks can be affected by his favorite team or preference. You still have to look at more objective sources

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Blog Comm7

However, you have to be careful because an expert’s picks can be affected by his favorite team or preference. You still have to look at more objective sources