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stessier
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« on: May 21, 2008, 12:39:50 AM »

I know nothing about MP3's.  Who has time to listen to music?  slywink

My sister-in-law wants to buy an MP3 from Amazon and later burn it to a CD.  Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on doing this?  And they should play on any MP3 player as well, right?

I ask because I seem to remember reading I-tunes only play on Ipods and there was some limit to the number of times you could burn them.  Or at least I think that was it.

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 01:11:59 AM »

The MP3 files from Amazon are completely unprotected (at least as far as I know of, last time I checked). So once you've purchased it, you can do whatever you want.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2008, 01:38:06 AM »

What destructor said. I've purchased several MP3's from amazon. They are standard, unprotected MP3's and can be used on any device, burned to a disk ... whatever she needs to do with them.

Amazon's lack of DRM is the big draw they have for their MP3 store.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 02:09:18 AM »

Amazon mp3s =  thumbsup
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2008, 02:24:07 AM »

I've bought three or four of them so far with no problems.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2008, 03:16:01 AM »

Another satisfied customer of Amazon MP3 store.

It has a download do-hickey to plug the new music into your iTunes library if you want it to.  If the song is I want is available there, that's my first choice now.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008, 03:17:35 AM »

I should add that the song browser isn't as slick or easy as iTunes.  It's still easier to find new music or similar music, mixes and such on iTunes.  But if you know what you want, you can just plug in the song name and then it's a click to download it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008, 12:25:23 PM »

Thanks for the info!  I'll pass it along.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008, 04:38:07 PM »

Yeah, I'm a huge fan of Amazon MP3s.  I just wish they would get ours on there already... they've screwed it up at least once...
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008, 06:41:51 PM »

Yeah, no restrictions on Amazon's MP3s. It's very nice. There's even a "helper" program that will kick the files directly into iTunes if you have an iPod.

My only complaint is the format. AAC would be so much better sounding at the same bitrates, and AAC is just as open a standard as MP3. Pretty sure most audio players can play back AAC. Obviously, iPods can. So can Zunes. Beyond that, there's not much of an installed user base.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008, 10:54:50 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2008, 12:58:03 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2008, 03:33:41 AM »

Quote from: Fireball1244 on May 21, 2008, 06:41:51 PM

My only complaint is the format. AAC would be so much better sounding at the same bitrates...

If I remember correctly, the Amazon mp3's are encoded at 256k variable bitrate which is really high for mp3's.  I really don't think you'll hear much difference at that bitrate unless you have phenomenally trained ears.  At lower (< 192k) bitrates the differences are much more noticeable.
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