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Neil Carr
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My wife got an mp3 player for her birthday (Creative Zen Vision: M) and I wanted to get her a gift certificate to one of those 99 cent music stores. However I'm trying to find one that does strait mp3s, without all the crippling restrictions on the files. Are there any out there? I want these files to be playable 40 years from now on the zillionth device we own between now and then. I dislike the idea of music as a consumable and she's not a details person so having her have to keep track of where this or that song has been transfered to sounds like a nightmare.
 
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Olivier Lamontagne
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There is no way out.

I replugged my old iMac G3 to be able to use my MP3 player from my original CD tracks.
Don't even consider a iPod.
 
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echoota wrote:
I want these files to be playable 40 years from now on the zillionth device we own between now and then.


Unlikely. There's gotta be something that sounds better than MP3 that will replace it once bandwidth and mass storage will not require that much compression... flash is getting cheapo and the broadband / DSL / VOIP wars is making bandwith leap. We'll see no need for MP3 soon.





 
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I only know of allofmp3.com but it's of questionable legality.
 
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I like emusic.com. No DRM, but their selection is somewhat limited to the not-so-mainstream.
 
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travistdale wrote:
I like emusic.com. No DRM, but their selection is somewhat limited to the not-so-mainstream.


I found enough good music on emusic.com to keep a membership for 3 or 4 months, then I cancelled. I think it was worth it, considering they gave a bunch a free songs for signing up. You can find good bands if you like older stuff ('70s and '80s -- even '50s like Chuck Berry)...
 
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I second the www.emusic.com recommendation.

I also highly recommend www.magnatune.com. It's full of less known artists but you can listen to the entire album before buying it. I found very good ones there (Ahsas from Solace and Nectar from Kitka, for example). They also have an acceptable classical selection. And, if the MP3's (bad) quality scares you, you can download in WAV or FLAC lossless formats. They are not evil.
 
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