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Looks OK. Take a look at Spotify too, lots of peeps like that as well...........
There's a free version so you can check it out :splif:

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Youtube is a much better deal than that :)

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Scott Nelson wrote:YouTube often has annoying commercials and poor quality videos. But you're right! :thumb:


Yeah to be fair some of rips of vinyl can be pretty terrible, but it just means listening to a few and downloading the best quality one. I use

http://www.pazera-software.com/products/audio-extractor/


to convert the MP4 downloads to 320Kbs MP3's. Does batch conversions :thumb: :thumb:

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crumbs wrote:
Scott Nelson wrote:Is this a good deal or not? Google Play offers unlimited music for £7.99 per month:

http://play.google.com/intl/ALL_uk/about/music/

iTunes offers a single music track for just 79p. Hmmm :chin:


I would look into this a bit more carefully.

It's these two features that seem to contradict each other:

Enjoy unlimited listening to millions of songs


Buy new music on Google Play (18m+ songs)


What does that mean???


Basically you can stream songs for as long as you subscribe. If you buy songs then you get to keep them once you've paid your money.

I'm on a months free trial with Google all access music at the moment. Brilliant service. There are some things missing though, because the rights holders don't want to allow streaming. Lots of Beatles stuff is missing for example.



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It seems that the various legal means of getting music have reduced piracy recently.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/s ... downloaded

While i've never download One Direction or Adele :eek4: I must admit to finding a torrent version of David Bowie's last, much acclaimed, album in the last few days when it was announced he was up for the Mercury prize. I is a bad, bad boy obviously. Not played much of it yet but doesn't seem too great to me.

Also downloaded Hunky Dory by Bowie as well - though I own a copy of that on CD so although probably counted as piracy it isn't really. Bought a box set of Beethoven stuff as well in the past few days. Amazon gave me an MP3 copy for free.

Amazing how fast torrents of popular stuff download these days, neither of them took as much as ten minutes.

Doubt if I'll be signing up anyways. :)

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I like Jaggers take on it


Mick Jagger wrote:But your view is valid because you have a huge catalogue, which is worth a lot of money, and you've been in the business a long time, so you have perspective.

Well, it's all changed in the last couple of years. We've gone through a period where everyone downloaded everything for nothing and we've gone into a grey period it's much easier to pay for things - assuming you've got any money.

Are you quite relaxed about it?

I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records.

But I have a take on that - people only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When The Rolling Stones started out, we didn't make any money out of records because record companies wouldn't pay you! They didn't pay anyone!

Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone.

So if you look at the history of recorded music from 1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn't.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8681410.stm

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Nuffink much to do with this thread but I do sometimes wonder about the quality of download stuff.

These are the two Bowie CD copies I downloaded yesterday -

No 1. Hunky Dory, downloaded as MP3 at 192 kbps sample waveform, as played by Foobar 2000

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No 2. The Next Day, downloaded at 320 kbps -

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- a not very loud part but still looks like it may be clipping.

Also, a very loud part from Beethoven's 7th symphony as a comparison (from CD rip to WAV) -

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The first Bowie CD sounds much better to my ears even though at a lower bitrate. The Beethoven rip sounds great too - even though recorded in 1960. :eek4:

I think they may still be trying to make popular music CDs 'louder' by going into clipping. It may possibly be a faulty encoder on the middle one perhaps?? But maybe that is why I don't like the album too much ? Well apart from it not being very musically inspiring either*. :rofl:

*edit: okay, a couple of tracks are okay I suppose

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Just downloaded a FLAC version of 'The Next Day' and that sounds clipped too. :(

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*edit: okay, a couple of tracks are okay I suppose



how many beers? :)

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smeggypants wrote:
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*edit: okay, a couple of tracks are okay I suppose



how many beers? :)


Well - a few I suppose. Prefer his old stuff really. :)

I'm not sure it is clipping actually, just sounds poorly recorded.

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diablo wrote:
smeggypants wrote:
diablo wrote:
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how many beers? :)


Well - a few I suppose. Prefer his old stuff really. :)

I'm not sure it is clipping actually, just sounds poorly recorded.


Actually often simply clipping off the peaks to get the RMS louder scan ound better than some of the highly Squashed mastering compression and limiting employed over the last decade or so.

Mastering recordings to be as "Loud" as possible is another bad side effect of capitalism in music on top of the core problem of music being written to make money rather then being writted for art's sake.

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Scott Nelson wrote:I think I'll sign up for the free trial, I have nothing to lose.

Why do we need google play music when Spotify gives unlimited streaming across all devices for £9.99 per month (including offline and at 320kbps) and you can get physical downloads from iTunes. So long as you convert the AAC files to mp3 they play fine, even at 192kbps.

I won't be subscribing to Google Play - I'll stick to Spotty instead.





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