Want the convenience and selection of digital downloads but wary of the loss in quality compared to CD and the control over how you encode music? I’ve found a solution that’s (fairly) legal and will only cost you a pound a pop: your local library.
I don’t know if supporting independent music and labels is part of the library system’s remit, but compared to the ever-diminishing and homogeneous presence of music on the high street, the breadth of choice is stunning at my local branch. Maybe it’s down to individual buyers but I urge you to have a look. A few days ago I picked up Caribou’s Andorra, Panda Bear’s Person Pitch and Max Tundra’s Parallax Error Beheads You – all albums I’ve been meaning to check out for ages, but didn’t want to shell out for and wouldn’t find in Wolverhampton’s dire HMV, months after their release.
Combined with eMusic, my permanently manic music consumption should weather this recession without the need for me to become a mercenary filesharer.