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janlafata

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I'm just now getting around to wanting to picking an online music service that I can stick with and I'd like some recommendations. I'm aware of course of iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and Napster MP3 services but that's about it. Which one of them, in your opinion, offer up the best sounding MP3's? Does anyone offer MP3's in 320? Also I thought I had heard that if you go with iTunes, your not downloading an MP3 extension file, it's an iTunes only type file but you can convert it to MP3.

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Amazon and iTunes sell music that you download and own. Rhapsody and Napster are subscription services. You pay the same monthly fee whether you listen to 1 song or 100 songs a month, and when you stop paying, you stop listening. Nothing is downloaded and saved, and you don't own the songs.

Those are two very different offerings. Are you looking to purchase music or stream it? To what kind of devices?

iTunes music downloads are in the m4a format. They're not MP3s.
 

janlafata

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I would like to purchase music just to be able to burn them to CD or DVD. So what about the 320 kbps question? Also....So can I convert iTunes files to MP3?
 

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If you want to buy songs and albums you have to use iTunes or Amazon. I don't know what the bitrates are. Yes, you can convert m4a, but then I don't know what happens to the bitrate with that either.

192kbps is great quality. If you want something much higher than that, you'll probably need to stick to buying CDs and ripping them yourself.
 

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today , my son and i where chating and he mentioned spotify - where you can listen to music and also download music (you have to pay for it )
have a read here - bitrate 320 and burn/.mp3 use

https://www.spotify.com/uk/help/faq/purchases/#downloads-how-do-they-work

not sure what countries can access the site - I'm UK based , just in case there are any restrictions

it will also sync with an ipod - not yet played with that, will do over the next few days
 

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That's only a UK option. The US Spotify service doesn't allow for downloading music.
 
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