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The music industry is notorious for attempting to repeatedly persuade consumers to pay out money for “special editions” of the same content: remasters, deluxe box sets, alternate takes and iTunes exclusives abound. But when we reach the stage when an MP3 rip of performer’s own vinyl copy of their record has become a saleable item, the shark hasn’t just been jumped: it has been reduced to mincemeat.
Once the Beatles signed up, Australian hard rockers AC/DC were the biggest major act holding out from selling their music on iTunes (or in any other digital music store). That changed today, with AC/DC finally realising that if rock and roll ain’t noise pollution, you might as well make money while the download sun shines.
Dear Lifehacker, I’m tired of Spotify and I want to move back to buying music. iTunes has a great selection, but will I still be able to play those songs if I switch away from Apple products? Would another service or physical CDs be better? And do artists make more money at one store than another? Help! Thanks, Tricky Tunes
Dear Lifehacker, I was on the verge of buying another iPod (my fourth) when I stopped myself. Of my three previous iPods two have been irreparably damaged by relatively minor things, not to mention the usual issues that come with iPod territory. Is my best choice to get another iPod or are there other options that I just haven’t considered because I’m brainwashed to think they’re the ONLY mp3 player worth getting these days? Thanks, PodPerson
Cassette tapes aren’t exactly the highest quality audio, but if you have a few rare tracks that you can’t buy on CD (or a few homemade cassettes you want to back up for posterity), CNET shows how to easily record them to an MP3 file with Audacity.
Music-hosting service SoundCloud makes it easy to share your voice, music or any other audio with a few clicks. It’s great, but sometimes you’re desperate to actually download and save a track from SoundCloud. This handy bookmarklet, courtesy of github user pheuter, adds a Download MP3 link to any track on SoundCloud.