If you buy music from Apple’s iTunes media store regularly, there is a cheaper (and still legal) way to buy the same songs. India based eCommerce giant Flipkart.com’s flyte digital store offers a huge collection of MP3 songs for purchase at 1/4th the price of iTunes. The MP3 collection contains songs from all across India and the world. The price of each song varies from INR 6 to INR 15 (which is roughy 11 to 25 cents).
I do understand that the iTunes store offers much more benefits like high quality 256 kbps AAC versions, high quality album artwork and the ability to re-download the song on any device. Here is a way to get all that with a little effort:
The savings will be pretty good if you buy a lot of songs in a year. iTunes match allows you to match up to 25000 songs. Once your songs are matched/uploaded, they are available for download across all your devices or you can stream them directly on the go. I find it much more convenient than just iTunes in the Cloud service which only enables you to re-download previous purchases via the iTunes app. iTunes match shows your complete library songs (irrespective of whether your have downloaded them or not) in the Music app on your iDevices. The ones not yet downloaded can be identified with a cloud icon next to them.
In my experience, the sound quality of the 256 kbps AAC iTunes versions of the same songs was much better on my home theater setup and in my car, compared to the 320 kbps versions of the MP3s downloaded from flyte.
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