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foxesden
2014-03-01, 14:32
I have now ripped all my CDs and going forward I am hoping to buy lossless downloads to save on clutter.

I couldn't see a thread on here on where to buy lossless music so I thought I would start one.

The usual suspect https://www.hdtracks.com/; music guaranteed to flatline any pulse
www.qobuz.com - Good selection; but whenever I try and download anything I want - not available in UK. I also don't like paying more for a download then a CD. Also have to faff about translating to a decent language.:p
boomkat.com - good selection of electonic and obsurata many with flac downloads cheaper then the cd; but you have to pay extra to use paypal. Useless for classical or mainstream (but not my bag)
bleep.com similar to boomkat although flac is more limited. No paypal surcharge.
http://www.junodownload.com/ more indie dance and electronica
http://zunior.com/ canadian indie music store. Prices seem quite cheap.
http://www.crammed.be/ crammed record label; eclectic mix of world music; art rock and electronica. Reasonable prices flac cheaper then cd.
http://shopusa.4ad.com/ 4ad records. Legendary indie label; I thought it had conked out in the eighties but glad to see I was wrong.

Also many artists have their own websites some of them offer flac or other lossless downloads. I assume the artist gets a bigger cut if you buy from here; so IMHO worth the effort.

prabbit
2014-03-01, 15:09
bandcamp.com (http://www.bandcamp.com) -- a place for unsigned artists, some of whom used to have contracts but no longer do.
beatport.com (http://www.beatport.com) -- If you like electronic music, this is the place to go. Not cheap though.

SlimChances
2014-03-01, 17:53
http://www.cdbaby.com "the best independent music store on the web"

Daverz
2014-03-01, 20:27
http://www.eclassical.com

This site is owned by Bis, but they also sell downloads from many other labels. It's probably my favorite classical download site. They have daily deals, and you can often get full FLAC albums for under $6, and the full prices for new Bis recordings are very reasonable, as are the prices on their own high-rez content (mostly 24/44 or 24/96).

Download rate is slow, though.

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/

Not primarily a download site, but they often have lossless downloads of stuff that's not available otherwise.

Grumpy Bob
2014-03-02, 04:00
I have now ripped all my CDs and going forward I am hoping to buy lossless downloads to save on clutter.

I couldn't see a thread on here on where to buy lossless music so I thought I would start one.

The usual suspect https://www.hdtracks.com/; music guaranteed to flatline any pulse
www.qobuz.com - Good selection; but whenever I try and download anything I want - not available in UK. I also don't like paying more for a download then a CD. Also have to faff about translating to a decent language.:p
boomkat.com - good selection of electonic and obsurata many with flac downloads cheaper then the cd; but you have to pay extra to use paypal. Useless for classical or mainstream (but not my bag)
bleep.com similar to boomkat although flac is more limited. No paypal surcharge.
http://www.junodownload.com/ more indie dance and electronica
http://zunior.com/ canadian indie music store. Prices seem quite cheap.
http://www.crammed.be/ crammed record label; eclectic mix of world music; art rock and electronica. Reasonable prices flac cheaper then cd.
http://shopusa.4ad.com/ 4ad records. Legendary indie label; I thought it had conked out in the eighties but glad to see I was wrong.

Also many artists have their own websites some of them offer flac or other lossless downloads. I assume the artist gets a bigger cut if you buy from here; so IMHO worth the effort.

I emailed qobuz and they set me up with an account (I'm in the UK). You can also use a French VPN proxy.
boomkat.com is pretty good for the kind of music I like.

Robert

Mnyb
2014-03-02, 08:03
http://boomkat.com/

http://itrax.com/Pages/PostSignUp.php

foxesden
2014-03-02, 10:58
I emailed qobuz and they set me up with an account (I'm in the UK). You can also use a French VPN proxy.
boomkat.com is pretty good for the kind of music I like.

Robert

Sounds like we have similar tastes I have been using boomkat too. I tried emailing qobuz last month, and I got a reply along the lines of they are setting up a UK store in April; in the meantime did I want to sign up to their streaming service.

I can buy some stuff from their e.g. I bought an M83 flac, but couldn't get other stuff. Still it is saving me money and I would probably have done something stupid like bought hi res files.

RonM
2014-03-03, 16:42
I can speak to zunior.com (Canadian and not just indies), flac and 320 at the same price, $8.88, better than iTunes. Also Bandcamp, which has much good music. CDBaby has a great selection, and in principle offers flacs, but in practice older content is not yet ripped to flac and a request for flac will result in a request to return later, the request presumably having triggered a ripping event.

R

maggior
2014-03-05, 09:13
bleep.com has some good electronic music. Also musiczeit.com. Many artists seem to be moving from musiczeit.com to bandcamp.com. Still some good stuff there though if you are into retro electronic music.

Mnyb
2014-03-23, 21:10
Another intresting fact about bandcamp.com is that they sometimes are a hirez store but they dont tell you :) (and you cant search for it )

Some stuff in flac may be 24 bit my latest example is the new RUSCONI offering that is in 24/96 it just is , and not a part of the marketting at all really cool .

Bandcamps lossles flac offering is simply what the artist choose to upload can be 16-24 bit can be 44.1 or 48K or more .

The marketting is centered around the music itself and the artist as it should be . The music as the centrepiece not technical curiosities

jziegler
2014-04-02, 10:33
Magnatune.com (subscription based, free trial, indie label)
classicsonline.com has some lossless. Owned by Naxos, so more of their recordings than anything else

Mnyb
2014-04-02, 12:16
I just reckoned that Qobuz works from more countries than you migth think . I can now shop there from Sweden .

Fahzz
2016-11-25, 17:34
So any new recomendations on this subject?

Mnyb
2016-11-25, 20:52
7digital

https://www.7digital.com

iPhone
2017-04-19, 09:34
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Anyone have any experience with flacit.com? Pricing looks to good to be true as in is it a scam/rip-off or it can't really be 24/96 for 15 songs @ $3.99! They must really be 96Kbps MP3s or a bad recording that nobody wants except a sucker looking for to good of a deal. Any feedback?


Also I found the exact album I was looking for the other night from a site I have used before, went to purchase it and the transaction was taking forever then a screen finally came up that said, "Not yet available in your market". Further checking revealed that the album can currently only be purchased in the EU (I have heard of censoring in China about not letting certain things in, but not allowing Sales Worldwide is not good business). So a quick VPN tunnel with a French IP Address and voilĂ*, I was able to purchase and download.

Hey I wonder if Britain will not be able to purchase after they leave the EU because Britain would actually be outside the EU just like America when all is said and done. Lastly with VPN available, why would they block anything anyway?

mikes
2017-04-19, 15:51
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Anyone have any experience with flacit.com? Pricing looks to good to be true as in is it a scam/rip-off or it can't really be 24/96 for 15 songs @ $3.99! They must really be 96Kbps MP3s or a bad recording that nobody wants except a sucker looking for to good of a deal. Any feedback?


No experience.... but you may find this interesting:
http://www.audiostream.com/content/flacitcom-if-it-seems-too-good-be-true-it-probably

Paul Webster
2017-04-20, 03:18
Looks like it used to be allflac.com - with possibly a spurious reference to Flack IT Ltd that appears to be a one person IT services contractor with a surname of Flack.