Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod): Digital Single, UK. May 9, 2006 14:30:09 GMT
Post by Dave on May 9, 2006 14:30:09 GMT
tonyw said:I was able to download the single from Woolworths today for 59pence. They also have “Laschia Ch’io Pianga”. It is very good, has anybody else downloaded it?
It’s great that you can buy these individual tracks. At one time you would have had to buy a whole album to have one or two new tracks. I have also bought some software called Replay Music, which allows a legitimate way of copying the download to allow you to convert it to as many mp3. or wav. files as you like.
I bought the three extra tracks on the new OK Odyssey by download in the early hours of the release date; the quality at 192 kbps is very good although it cannot be as good as the CD versions (which I also have). But you'd only notice the difference when playing through a good quality stand-alone hi-fi system so for many people using portable players and computers to play them, the quality difference will be irrelevant or undetectable. I believe personally that the quality loss at 128 kbps (is that what iTunes offer?) is unacceptable.
Replay Music is probably technically illegal and it's only a matter of time in my opinion before the Record Companies put a stop to them selling it as it is. Replay Music claim that it's legal - but they would, wouldn't they? For an apparently independent review of the legal aspects, see here.
There other (usually expensive) sound programs out there that are legal and let you do much the same as Replay Music albeit less automatically. But even then, if you actually use them to copy protected music, you end up in the old argument about whether or not it's legal to tape music off the radio for your own personal use. I'm not even going to go there! i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
By the way, the best download sites let you download music in any or all of the three main digital formats, and to copy them say 10 times per format (varies) to portable device. 7digital is one such site, although they do tend to cost a bit more than less flexible sites. Woolworths is cheaper but less flexible, and iTunes somehow manages to be expensive, inflexible (one format) and of inferior quality - but I suppose they must have something going for them!