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Over all I really like iTunes and would really like to use it to rip/encode any CDs I purchase. But I am concerned that it may add DRM to my MP3 files? As I dont know much about iTunes in this area I was wondering if anyone could enlighten me on this. I know the MP3s purchased via iTunes online have DRM but didnt know about encoding with iTunes.

Reason I ask I had Sony MiniDisc player years back and I am bad about buying used CDs from music stores and loosing the disc when I am done. That lead to me with a bunch of music frozen I couldn't transfer that I legally purchased.. /cry

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Over all I really like iTunes and would really like to use it to rip/encode any CDs I purchase. But I am concerned that it may add DRM to my MP3 files?
It doesn't. Although I personally recommend using X Lossless Decoder to rip your CDs. It is, hands down, the best there is at this. At least on OS X.


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It doesn't. Although I personally recommend using X Lossless Decoder to rip your CDs. It is, hands down, the best there is at this. At least on OS X.
Awesome. Thank you I will download it and take a look.


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MP3 files (a) have no facility for DRM and (b) iTunes doesn't add any DRM to your ripped files regardless of what format you choose, and (c) Apple dropped DRM on music years ago after convincing the record companies it was not needed/was hindering sales.
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MP3 files (a) have no facility for DRM and (b) iTunes doesn't add any DRM to your ripped files regardless of what format you choose, and (c) Apple dropped DRM on music years ago after convincing the record companies it was not needed/was hindering sales.
Good info. Thank you.

I will not pay 20-25 USD for a CD, but I do like to own my own music. I however dont like the idea of feeling like someone is manhandling my collection. So DRM is a big turn off for me.


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By virtue of most albums having 10-12 songs on them these days, most albums on iTunes are $10 or so.
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By virtue of most albums having 10-12 songs on them these days, most albums on iTunes are $10 or so.
I was noticing that just yesterday while taking a closer look at iTunes. Now if there was just something good to listen to.. LOL..

These days I find most of my music to be older stuff I already have like Eric Clapton, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, etc.. Now and then I find a new artist that intrigues me like Ramona Falls - Intuit album or Stereophonics from a few years back. Most of my listening these days is from Shoutcast Channels..


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Trust me, there's still plenty of good music (based on any taste) being produced today. Finding it gets tricky though ... but then the good stuff has always been buried beneath the surface.

Using services like Shoutcast can really help you discover new bands that are worthwhile. Given the artists that you listed, I'd suggest the Decemberists' latest album or Echo and the Bunnymen's most recent one (they can get quite Doors-y at times, in fact ISTR that they did a cover of People Are Strange with Ray M on keyboards!).
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I was noticing that just yesterday while taking a closer look at iTunes. Now if there was just something good to listen to.. LOL..

These days I find most of my music to be older stuff I already have like Eric Clapton, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, etc.. Now and then I find a new artist that intrigues me like Ramona Falls - Intuit album or Stereophonics from a few years back. Most of my listening these days is from Shoutcast Channels..
These are not new but they are very good in my opinion
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Using services like Shoutcast can really help you discover new bands that are worthwhile. Given the artists that you listed, I'd suggest the Decemberists' latest album or Echo and the Bunnymen's most recent one (they can get quite Doors-y at times, in fact ISTR that they did a cover of People Are Strange with Ray M on keyboards!).
Loving the Decemberists at the moment. They have some nice sounds out there and their "We all raise our voices to the Air" Live recording is a testament to what they have done
My fav tune off that is The Infanta


Thanks to the above for the Shoutcast info. Just found some awesome Goa & Psychedelic Trance. Bringing my youth back

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Been pulling them up on youtube, pretty good I may try out iTunes and download a album.


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pendlewitch: you have excellent taste in music!!

Exodist: two things I totally forgot to tell you:

1. The greatest thing about iTunes is that you can buy just the one great song rather than the whole album (well, that and nothing ever goes out of print)

2. Great tip: look up your favourite albums in iTunes, then check out the "listeners also bought" for a great way to find similar and unfamiliar music.
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2. Great tip: look up your favourite albums in iTunes, then check out the "listeners also bought" for a great way to find similar and unfamiliar music.
Indeed, forgot all about that.. Thank you I will. I enjoy discovering new music.


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