Where does everyone grab their digital from?

Discussion in 'Drum & Bass' started by dizzledee, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. dizzledee

    dizzledee equinox

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Messages:
    612
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    Oxford
    I was wondering how you chaps get your digi-fix.

    I've just started buying digital and have found itunes a simplistic and cost effective way of shopping.

    One thing I have not factored in however is what percentage artists actually get from sales, I want to support my scene as much as possible and I suspect Apple manage to squeeze a fair amount of the transaction.

    :/
     
  2. Shatner's Bosom

    Shatner's Bosom murder TANMUSHIMUSHI

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    1,142
    Location:
    Hummus
    I think surus give the most to the labels, I'd buy vinyl from there but they won't ship anything more than 2kgs to Dubai, I get all my digital stuff from Beatport, its the only site im aware of that tags all mp3s with key and stuff (worth the extra bit of money imo).
     
  3. garffi3

    garffi3 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Messages:
    191
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    LONDON
  4. Sneaks

    Sneaks Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2013
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Seoul via Manchester
    Must cost you a shitload to get vinyl imported!

    As for digital purchases, I try and get stuff from http://www.digital-tunes.net/ if I can. Pretty cheap and lossless formats don't cost any extra. Don't always have everything I want though.

    I've never even given a thought to how much artists/labels are getting from different sites, would be quite interested to see how they compare.
     
  5. DeeGun

    DeeGun Church of Krust

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    Messages:
    14,151
    Likes Received:
    2,570
    Location:
    Full Cycle
    ^^ what he said.
     
  6. Shatner's Bosom

    Shatner's Bosom murder TANMUSHIMUSHI

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    4,833
    Likes Received:
    1,142
    Location:
    Hummus
    It costs less to get stuff sent to me from Chemical Records (Bristol) than it'll cost for you to get it posted to Manchester, the shipping is cheaper than the VAT which I don't have to pay :)
    It's gone up to 20% now as well I think
     
  7. Attire

    Attire Last Winter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,255
    Likes Received:
    69
    itunes - easy to browse and cheap but you get 256kbps aac, not what everyone wants.
    7 Digital - cheap and easy, though finding some releases can be a massive bitch with their shoddy search system.
    juno - expect to pay more per track but the site and service are great.
    dnba - crap site with a rubbish search but they have pretty cheap prices. I've run into site errors that screw my payment more than once though so..
    surus - great if the release you are looking for is on one of their labels. Fairly cheap and as they are the label's official stores, they will be getting more of the money. Worth it imo.
    amazon - very cheap but they screw you with vbr encodings which are mostly below 300kbps. Again, if you don't care about that then it might be good for you.
    beatport - expensive but I think the labels will get the most from them (those that aren't on surus), which might be why we see a lot of exclusives. Personally I never bother, I'd rather wait than pay £1.70 for one track :p
    trackitdown - cheaper than beatport but still expensive.

    Also don't forget to check the label's own online store. They sell mp3s of their tracks for a reasonable price most of the time.

    I haven't tried digital-tunes because I've either not been able to find what I want, or I've found it cheaper.
     
    Dagz likes this.
  8. encounter

    encounter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    Messages:
    1,900
    Likes Received:
    192
    I'm still waiting for a review that states that 256kbps MPEG4 isn't as good as a 320kbps MPEG3 but you are right people are afraid by the 62kbps they lose. I myself bought Strays remix of Peril, it was an iTunes exclusive and I played it at home on my HD25, on my PA and live at a 1000 people cap venue and it sounded absolutely fine.

    The bigger the label the more income comes from iTunes but in general you are right it's probably beatport.
     
  9. Commander

    Commander Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    183
    Location:
    Reading. UK
    I use 7digital & dnba. Have used beatport when they have a promotion due to having tunes not available elsewhere. Would never use trackitdown due to their prices and general customer service. I it's on surus then I would use them everytime
     
  10. flobbydobby

    flobbydobby bangin garden of dobbylon

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2009
    Messages:
    1,093
    Likes Received:
    20
    eh? Never seen an mp3 more expensive than £1.30 on beatport and most are £1.12

    edit - just looking now there are a few for 1.73 coming up.. maybe depends what you're into? Ones I want are never that much lol
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  11. della111

    della111 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2010
    Messages:
    911
    Likes Received:
    216
    Mainly buy from Surus. Beatport if not, i know its a bit more expensive but IMO the easiest site to use.
     
  12. dizzledee

    dizzledee equinox

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Messages:
    612
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    Oxford
    Dam you and your signature Della.. every time you post I find myself locked into it.. its the eyes, its the fucking eyes!
     
  13. OneSeventy

    OneSeventy Mohican Sun

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    335
    Location:
    Auckland, NZ
    They may be a tiny bit more expensive than say DnBA or 7 Digital, but hardly. In my opinion the difference is negligible. They're still very cheap and worth it for the ease of use and customer service.
     
  14. Attire

    Attire Last Winter

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2011
    Messages:
    1,255
    Likes Received:
    69
    Most of the exclusives I see on there are at around £1.73.
    The others are yeah around £1.30 or so.

    Yeah its 40p more if you buy a single track. Not sure about albums/singles. They do have a brilliant site though yes.
     
  15. OneSeventy

    OneSeventy Mohican Sun

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    335
    Location:
    Auckland, NZ
    Ah I rarely buy single tracks so that could be it. They are always not much if anything more if you buy an album, EP or single.
     
  16. Clockwise

    Clockwise New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Beatport & occasionally Amazon cause they are really cheap.
     
  17. iamdjsimm

    iamdjsimm Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Messages:
    1,540
    Likes Received:
    652
    Nobody mentioned www.boomkat.com - that's my go to site.

    2 track release £1.70
    3 track release £1.95

    Albums are £6.99

    Quality site!
     
  18. Zajko

    Zajko New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Canada
    digital-tunes.net mostly - for prices (if buying lossless or wav), selection, browsing. Only bought one bad file over the years and they ignored my complaint, but I keep coming back out of convenience (if it happens again I swear...)

    juno when I'm buying both vinyl and digi
     
  19. Dektekdee

    Dektekdee Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Swindon, United Kingdom
  20. TerrA_

    TerrA_ Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Messages:
    1,234
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Strasbourg
    Amazon & 7digital ; if I can't find the track I buy from juno or digital-tunes, not from beatport anymore way too expensive.