Where do you buy most of your new music?

Where do you buy <I>most</I> of your new music?
Local specialty music store
28% (56 votes)
Local discount chain
8% (17 votes)
Music club (BMG, etc.)
12% (25 votes)
Internet (CDnow, etc.)
19% (39 votes)
Direct from labels
0% (1 vote)
Combination of above
25% (50 votes)
Other (please explain)
6% (13 votes)
Total votes: 201

The responses to last week's poll triggered interest in this week's question from many readers.

Anonymous's picture

BMG, Tower, Virgin, and Music Direct.

Al Marcy's picture


Sergio Perez's picture

EveryCD has a great catalog and very fair prices, I also do the local store but it can't beat the selection and prices, specially since I buy very diffrent styles of music (Jazz, Rock, classical, trova, sones,etc.)

Anonymous's picture

Why don't you put all the posts? You guys censor these posts :-( Even good posts that are tactful but disagree strongly with the theme of the 'VOTE' BOOOOOOO!!!!

Rick Kardish's picture

Great used record & CD store in Tucson called PDQ. Check it out---huge stock in every category.

Lauch McKenzie's picture

My local dealer took all the nice gold CDs, which were in a separate section, and moved them into the artist-categorized regular offerings 'cause the shoplifters always attacked the premium collection. Now I can't find them, so I don't buy them. Does this make sense to anyone?

Karl Richichi, U.T.  Film Dept.'s picture

A combination, but mostly online simply because of prices: three for one here, 12 for one there. There are so many great deals online that it is very hard to pay $12.99 plus tax for one disc downtown nowadays. I can always find import lables, or Touch and Go, 4AD, etc. Even the rarest of discs you can find at a better price online.

David Morse's picture

I generally prefer to support local retailers, but the music stores here in New York City are much too expensive. I never pay more than $12.99 on the Web, and basic retail price in New York is $16.99---they have no chance of survival, in my opinion.

meech's picture

I like to support what are left of the local specialty retail stores when I can.I do look for sales though.

Jim Merrill's picture

Mail Order: Elusive Disc.

Bruce Higgins's picture

Acoustic Sounds

Huey Landers's picture

I live in Southern California and I buy most of my music from the stores listed on this page: (http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Club/1484/records.htm). Aron's in Hollywood, Rhino in West Los Angeles, and Rockaway in Silverlake are great for new and used vinyl.

Vernon Neal's picture

First of all,all record clubs are ripoffs. Why should you pay postage on just certain lablels on cds that are not the latest available. I purchase most of my cds through BEST BUY, beacause they are the cheapest PERIOD.

John Carlson's picture

I'm an analog die-hard, so most of my shopping is done where I can find second-hand records. I sometimes think of getting a CD player soon, so that I can get recordings from the library---a nice way to expose oneself to new music without having to make an investment in software that might well not be worth it.

yossi e.'s picture

most of my recent cd, bought directly from audio magazin's.

Neil's picture

95% of my purchases are from HMV or Sam's---both within a block of each other in downtown Toronto. The prices and selection are great, but not excellent. I order some CDs from specialty labels such as Mapleshade, or from Europe when a CD has not been released in North America.

frank budjack's picture

tower of records

Dave W.'s picture

First I check my local retailer, Plan9 Music, because they offer excellent service and selection and I want them to stay in business. However, I've been buying music for 30 years and often can not find what I want at retail. Since a special order would be required anyway I just order directly from the label.

Anonymous's picture

The music I buy on the net is all second hand. I use GEMM alot and also send my wants list to dealers that i find while browsing.

R.Stacy Fenner's picture

I buy as many used cd's as I can. I think cd's are way overpriced.

Paul Foley, Whiteman AFB, MO's picture

alot from music clubs. You can get some good buys if you buy when they have thier sales(three for the price of one). I am still be an audiophile if I look at the price?

Baart Babylon's picture

I have converted to the convenience of the net. I've made payments a few times and am feeling cocky and secure. The overall price of a cd delivered is roughly the same as one purchased with sales tax. Lazy man's dream. And some e-stores let me return them, too!

Anonymous's picture

Newsflash! Record companies are ripping us off! Shayne.