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Old 05-02-2012, 12:09 PM
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My wife and I began using iTunes to buy music a few years ago and have added a lot of music to our library. Since then, about three months ago, I have been getting back into HiFi and found out that iTunes does not sell music in Lossless. I have ripped all of my Cd's into Lossless, but how should I buy music electronically going forward? Whatever I do, I would prefer to transfer the music into iTunes for consistency. Any suggestions?

I am playing my music using a PW DAC II via the bridge from my hard drive.

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:52 PM
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You are exactly where I was a short time ago. Try HDTracks for starters. Also Linn. There are other sources.

Are you running the iTunes on a Mac or PC? If the former, you'll need Pure Music to enable iTunes to play high definition. I'd the latter, switch to J River. Dump iTunes, except for your iPhone synching.
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I am using a PC. I have not bothered with JRiver since I using eLyric through the Bridge. I am not against dumping iTunes as long as I can still transfer files there for the iPods and iPhones. I am, however, against dumping eLyric because of the interface with the Bridge.
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First, confirm that you can tell the difference. Really most can't.

Continue to use iTunes.

1. Purchase your CDs online or in the store.
2. Rip or copy to you Computer
3. Enjoy.

I purchase used CDs on Amazon for typically less than 3 dollars including shipping. That is a bargain for quality.
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Continue to use iTunes.

1. Purchase your CDs online or in the store.
2. Rip or copy to you Computer
3. Enjoy.

I purchase used CDs on Amazon for typically less than 3 dollars including shipping. That is a bargain for quality.
I completely agree except for being able to find used cds for $3 including shipping. When I get cds from independent sellers on amazon, the shipping is always $2-3 by itself--and the jewel case is often broken in the mail. Luckily, I have a supply of cases I can use to make the jewel cases whole again.
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First, confirm that you can tell the difference. Really most can't.

Continue to use iTunes.

1. Purchase your CDs online or in the store.
2. Rip or copy to you Computer
3. Enjoy.

I purchase used CDs on Amazon for typically less than 3 dollars including shipping. That is a bargain for quality.
If you're staying with Redbook lossless, I agree. Especially if you are used to iTunes. However, I like J River now that I'm used to it. Also, it does allow you to port your music to iPhones, etc. One caution, make sure you rip to aiff for iTunes. Flac will not work. But you already know that.
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There are many places on the net that sell music and much of it can be CD quality 16/44 and above. Don' t forget to try Rhino.

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I download high res. when available, and buy CDs from Amazon if not available in high res.
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If you're staying with Redbook lossless, I agree. Especially if you are used to iTunes. However, I like J River now that I'm used to it. Also, it does allow you to port your music to iPhones, etc. One caution, make sure you rip to aiff for iTunes. Flac will not work. But you already know that.
Does JRiver work with the Bridge? I understand it is better to work with than eLyric, but if it does not work with the bridge then it is just one more program.

What is Redbook?
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There are many places on the net that sell music and much of it can be CD quality 16/44 and above. Don' t forget to try Rhino.

Jim
If I can't get CD, or close to CD, quality, I would just stick with iTunes for ease of use. I am looking for something iTunes like that downloads Lossless quality files.

Thanks for the help.

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