The new Green Day album came out this week, and I wanted to buy it online since I’ve all but given up on CDs. I buy a lot of my music on iTunes, but every so often I’d buy from Amazon since they are in mp3 format, and (until recently) they were the only source of DRM-free music. Plus, they tend to be a bit cheaper. However, in this case, the playing field was basically even: iTunes has converted their entire library to DRM-free, and price is now not an issue.
iTunes had 2 versions of the album: a ‘deluxe’ version for $14.99, and the regular version for $11.99. The deluxe version had 2 bonus iTunes-exclusive track, while the regular version just had the album. The Amazon version had a the full album plus a different Amazon-exclusive bonus track, also for $11.99. I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to choose between the two before somewhat arbitrarily settling on Amazon, mostly because I don’t really like the idea of Apple having a monopoly on digital music purchases, but in the end, I don’t really care all that much.
When you buy music online, what do you use: iTunes or Amazon? Neither? Both?