new tunes

I’ve been on a music-buying kick lately. After a while of subsisting solely on Grooveshark and Pandora for my new music fix and wearing out all of the music already in my iTunes, I had enough. It was time to hunker down and invest in a much-needed refresh of my music catalog.

Amazon’s MP3 downloads most often cost less than music on iTunes, but I recently discovered that Amazon also has over 1,000 albums each month that are on sale for $5. Five bucks! And occasionally some for even less (I snagged Florence & The Machine when it was $3.99). They’re good albums, too — not all bottom-of-the-barrel one-hit-wonder albums. Over the last few months I’ve bought all of these for five buckarinos or less:

Florence & The Machine – Lungs
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Adele – 19
Fistful of Mercy – As I Call You Down
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
Taylor Swift – Speak Now
Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart

I also got Lauren Pritchard’s debut album (I posted about her last week) for $7.99. And a Sister Hazel album for free… because it was free, so why not check it out?

You need to download the Amazon MP3 downloader to get your music, but it’s pretty painless and you can set it to have your music automatically added to your iTunes library. I think it’s safe to say that I’m officially never buying music on iTunes again. (Sorry, Apple!)

Do you buy your music from Amazon, iTunes, or somewhere else?

PS, I got nothing from Amazon for posting this, nor did anyone ask me to write it. I genuinely just get really excited by a good deal and I like to share it with you all :)


  1. That Phoenix album is one of my faves. I’ve seen them live twice. They put on a great show! And I recently downloaded the Cee Lo and Florence albums.

    I use Amazon, iTunes, and eMusic. eMusic is subscription based. It used to be really cheap, and it only had a small, lesser known selection. But it was all great indie rock stuff, so I loved it! Now their selection is bigger, so the price increased, although it’s still cheaper than iTunes (about $6-8 an album).

  2. It sucks that us Canadians don’t have access to Amazon MP3 downloads :( But that is one amazing list. Did you know Adele is coming out with her new album (Feb 22) it’s gonna be amazing.
    I saw her live and she rocked my socks off!

  3. Thanks for posting this! I’ve been itching for some new tunes too, and as I own and love 3 of the CDs you posted, I’m excited to check out the rest (probably via Grooveshark before I buy. ha).

  4. I know! Amazon is where it’s at! The deals are incredible and it’s so simple to put it right on the iPod!

    Love and own: Florence, Adele, and Sara.

    If you don’t already have them, I’m sure you’d like Black Keys and Arcade Fire’s latest albums.

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