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    Default Buying flac albums

    I have realised that there may come a time when I have tried several second-hand CD shops that finding just the one particular album is going to be harder than I thought.

    I was using Groove music and have bought a few albums but they were in MP3 format and although OK, not up to .flac format.

    So does anyone buy .flac format albums online, any recommendations as to web sites.

    If you purchase an album can you copy it to other devices?

    All help appreciated.

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    I buy lots of Electronic music from Bandcamp.com - you can listen prior to purchase via 128kb streams and buy in WAV, FLAC, AAC or MP3 format. Once bought you also get unlimited streaming of same album. The also sell CDs and LPs.

    They list most genres not just Electronic.

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    I get my John prine stuff from Bandcamp
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    A colleague of mine is getting a portable hi res player for Christmas and was looking at sits that sold hi res music. There are a few listed on the Sony UK website in the hifi section. Quite expensive to buy a whole album, around 30. If you have a TT it could be worth checking out the album you are looking for on vinyl as with some record labels you also get a download code for the hi res files included and the cost of the record and the files is about the same as just buying the hi res files. Bit of a shame that not all record labels do it.
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    Bandcamp also for me, CDBaby used to do FLAC, but for some (very) annoying reason they have withdrawn this and no only offer 320kbps .mp3, so they lost a customer

    I'm not really interested in HD Tracks, too expensive and often they sound no better than Red Book and I'm happy with Red Book.
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    I buy FLAC from Qobuz, Linn Records, and Presto Classical
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    I've bought a few FLAC downloads from CD Baby in the past, and I'm not pleased about the site withdrawing them either.
    Qobuz isn't too bad for FLAC downloads, but watch the prices - sometimes it's less expensive to get the CD from Amazon and rip it yourself.
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    http://kirctorrents.com/15361-hdtracks-flac-24-96.html

    Crap, did I just think that out loud....
    I have hifi 'n stuff.


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    How do you know if you are buying genuine hi res files and not just cd quality files that have been converted to a hi res format? Is there any certification?
    ~Paul~

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