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FutureDilemma
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Amazon's AutoRip program provides the MP3 version of the album for free when you buy the CD. Many of the music CDs on Amazon.com are priced below the MP3 album price. So buying the CD gets you the MP3 album for less, plus you also get the CD as a backup. Caveat: most of the inexpensive music CDs are Add-on items, so you will have to reach an order total of $25 for free shipping.

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So basically what you should do is buy the CD then get the MP3s in the clear so you're not tied to Amazon in perpetuity (not that wouldn't be).

MP3s are not bit-rate hobbled - user's choice there?

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Bagofchips said:   So basically what you should do is buy the CD then get the MP3s in the clear so you're not tied to Amazon in perpetuity (not that wouldn't be).

MP3s are not bit-rate hobbled - user's choice there?

MP3s from Amazon are not DRM crippled so you can copy them to any device you own and they will work. You can also stream them from Amazon's music website and apps. In my experience, the bit rate is 240 kbps to 256 kbps. If you are concerned about the bit rate, remember that you do get the CD as well. You can rip the CD yourself using any bit rate you desire, or using a lossless format.

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FutureDilemma said:   
Bagofchips said:   So basically what you should do is buy the CD then get the MP3s in the clear so you're not tied to Amazon in perpetuity (not that wouldn't be).

MP3s are not bit-rate hobbled - user's choice there?

MP3s from Amazon are not DRM crippled so you can copy them to any device you own and they will work. You can also stream them from Amazon 's music website and apps. In my experience, the bit rate is 240 kbps to 256 kbps. If you are concerned about the bit rate, remember that you do get the CD as well. You can rip the CD yourself using any bit rate you desire, or using a lossless format.

 So many reviewers complain about the poor quality of the CDs though.

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fivetalents said:   
FutureDilemma said:   
Bagofchips said:   So basically what you should do is buy the CD then get the MP3s in the clear so you're not tied to Amazon in perpetuity (not that wouldn't be).

MP3s are not bit-rate hobbled - user's choice there?

MP3s from Amazon are not DRM crippled so you can copy them to any device you own and they will work. You can also stream them from Amazon 's music website and apps. In my experience, the bit rate is 240 kbps to 256 kbps. If you are concerned about the bit rate, remember that you do get the CD as well. You can rip the CD yourself using any bit rate you desire, or using a lossless format.

 So many reviewers complain about the poor quality of the CDs though.

  If coming from the same source, the CD will always sound better. 

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fivetalents said:   
FutureDilemma said:   
Bagofchips said:   So basically what you should do is buy the CD then get the MP3s in the clear so you're not tied to Amazon in perpetuity (not that wouldn't be).

MP3s are not bit-rate hobbled - user's choice there?

MP3s from Amazon are not DRM crippled so you can copy them to any device you own and they will work. You can also stream them from Amazon 's music website and apps. In my experience, the bit rate is 240 kbps to 256 kbps. If you are concerned about the bit rate, remember that you do get the CD as well. You can rip the CD yourself using any bit rate you desire, or using a lossless format.

 So many reviewers complain about the poor quality of the CDs though.

  
Were they listening on their Sony headphones with the comfy metal band & super (un)plush stryrofoam ear pads? Those are some of the best headphones EVER to review music with. I have a feeling the reviewers ahve hearing problems. CD's will always sound better than an MP3

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