Can I Buy Music from iTunes Without Installing Anything?

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  1. russ6100

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    Like the title says....

    I've found some music that seems to only be available on iTunes, but I don't want to install iTunes. Do they have a provision for just DLing the music files?

    FWIW - I did a search here in the archives and also went the iTunes site...

    Thanks!
     
  2. fjblair

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    Since it's Apple I highly doubt that it's possible.
     
  3. spamsponge

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    Unfortunately, no.
    You have to pollute your computer with the Apple cores and seeds.
     
  4. russ6100

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    Wow...so if I paid someone who has iTunes to get the music for me, even *if* they didn't keep a copy of the music, I'm sure we'd be running afoul of the licensing agreement....

    Boy if that's not incentive for piracy, I don't know what is!
     
  5. DRS

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    I'm pretty sure the iMusic format will only play with Apple software. And once you have the iTunes thing on your computer, everytime you play an MP3, the Apple player pops up and wants to play it at 1/2 the volume of Windows Media Player. Everytime you want to buy a MP3 track from somewhere else, the iTunes thing pops up. Yes you can configure iTunes but what a PITA.
     
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    I have itunes on my pc and have never experienced this
     
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    I'm not sure about the license agreement things, but I have my daughter get music from iTunes and copy it to my computer and MP3 player regularly without iTunes installed.

    Also, I'm not sure apple can tell you you can't move music around for personal use. The labels tried for years to prevent people from copying albums to cassettes and mostly failed.


    I use foobar2000 to convert from apple lossless format so the MP3 player can play it.
     
  8. fjblair

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    Apple does everything in it's considerable power to control how you use your files. I despise Apple but still use ipads and ipods. itunes is a bloated, invasive beast that leaves a lot to be desired operationally. But the real fun begins with quicktime which you must install in order for itunes to function.

    My opinions only of course and I'm a back stabbing Apple user ;)
     
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    It is possible, in iTunes you can change the import settings to MP3 instead of M4a, so when you get someone to buy the song for you, have them change this setting briefly, and then right click on the song and click on create MP3 version.
     
  10. russ6100

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    So I'm not paranoid...(well I *am* but...)

    I can remember painstakingly adjusting my settings for default applications for file types, only to have Quicktime do whatever the hell it wants anyway, which is why I won't ever update it again.

    I sure feel like I'm over the proverbial barrel now though.....and now with Jobs not at the helm, I don't feel like I can just call and say, "May I speak with Steve please?".....
     
  11. digiTED

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    Forget about iTunes. It's only semi-cool if you're within the walled garden of All Things Apple (which I am; PC-free from '83 to '00 and then since '06 :dude)

    Try Amazon: same price as iTunes, but you get a higher bit-rate across the board (256 as opposed to 128) and no DRM b.s. Someone else can buy it for you and give it to you on a flash drive or even burn you a CD. Amazon assumes we're ethical adults and can make our own decisions regarding copyright and digital media :)
     
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    ???

    iTunes is 256kbs. iTunes has been DRM free for a couple years.

    You can right-click and create MP3 versions in iTunes. I'm not saying iTunes is perfect, but they have loosed up on some of the restrictions lately.
     
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    I've been using Amazon for quite some time, but the point here is that an artist whose music I want to hear has elected to *only* use iTunes...

    I'm with ya on Amazon though - they have an "downloaded" but it's pretty light and doesn't run in the background all the time....

    EDIT: I don't know about iTunes but a lot of the content on Amazon is 320kb now....
     
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    digiTED rock > talk

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    Cool. Was unaware. I switched to Amazon and buying LPs w/ download codes about 2-3 years ago. Funny!
     
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    I be iTunes and use it to buy 99% of my music now. I find iTunes incredibly easy to use. You can easily import and cd's, or buy songs on amazon and import those. It's harder to export songs in a way you can play them on other systems. But since I think the apple stuff outperforms anything else I've tried, I've not been tempted to move to anything else. By outperform, I mean primarily ease of use, which is my number one thing. Everyone in my house uses iPods, and iTunes just makes links everyone up so easy.
     
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    You can download directly from the iTunes store to your iPhone with no special software needed! Ha Ha
     
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    Or iPad or iPod Touch.
     
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    Plenty of non-Apple hardware and software support for AAC/m4a files:

    Other portable players
    Archos
    Creative Zen Portable
    Microsoft Zune
    SanDisk Sansa (some models)
    Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) with firmware 2.0 or greater
    Sony Walkman
    Nintendo DSi
    Nintendo 3DS
    Any portable player that fully supports the Rockbox third party firmware
    [edit]Mobile phones
    For a number of years, many mobile phones from manufacturers such as Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, BenQ-Siemens and Philips have supported AAC playback. The first such phone was the Nokia 5510 released in 2002 which also plays MP3s. However, this phone was a commercial failure and such phones with integrated music players did not gain mainstream popularity until 2005 when the trend of having AAC as well as MP3 support continued. Most new smartphones and music-themed phones support playback of these formats.
    Sony Ericsson phones support various AAC formats in MP4 container. AAC-LC is supported in all phones beginning with K700, phones beginning with W550 have support of HE-AAC. The latest devices such as the P990, K610, W890i and later support HE-AAC v2.
    Nokia XpressMusic and other new generation Nokia multimedia phones like N- and E-Series: also support AAC format in LC, HE, M4A and HEv2 profiles
    BlackBerry: RIM's latest series of Smartphones such as the 8100 ("Pearl"), 9500 ("Storm") and 8800 support AAC.
    Apple's iPhone supports AAC and FairPlay protected AAC files formerly used as the default encoding format in the iTunes store until the removal of DRM restrictions in March 2009.
    All recent Android phones support AAC-LC, HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2 in MP4 or M4A containers along with several other audio formats. From Android 3.1 also raw ADTS files are supported. Android 4.0 can also encode these kind of files.[43]
    The HTC Dream (Also known as the T-Mobile G1) is described as supporting certain subset of the full AAC format. As of 2009-04-13 at least several forms of AAC files played while others did not play.[citation needed]
    WebOS by HP/Palm supports AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, and .m4a containers in its native music player as well as several third-party players. However, it does not support Apple's FairPlay DRM files downloaded from iTunes.[44]
    Windows Phone 7: WP7's Silverlight runtime supports AAC-LC, HE-AAC and HE-AAC v2 decoding.
    [edit]Other devices
    Apple's iPad: Supports AAC and FairPlay protected AAC files used as the default encoding format in the iTunes store.
    Palm OS PDAs: Many Palm OS based PDAs and smartphones can play AAC and HE-AAC with the 3rd party software Pocket Tunes. Version 4.0, released in December 2006, added support for native AAC and HE-AAC files. The AAC codec for TCPMP, a popular video player, was withdrawn after version 0.66 due to patent issues, but can still be downloaded from sites other than corecodec.org. CorePlayer, the commercial follow-on to TCPMP, includes AAC support. Other PalmOS programs supporting AAC include Kinoma Player and AeroPlayer.
    Microsoft Windows Mobile platforms support AAC either by the native Windows Media Player or by third-party products (TCPMP, CorePlayer)[citation needed]
    Epson supports AAC playback in the P-2000 and P-4000 Multimedia/Photo Storage Viewers. This support is not available with their older models, however.
    The Sony Reader portable eBook plays M4A files containing AAC, and displays metadata created by iTunes. Other Sony products, including the A and E series Network Walkmans, support AAC with firmware updates (released May 2006) while the S series supports it out of the box.
    Nearly every major car stereo manufacturer offers models that will play back .m4a files recorded onto CD in a data format. This includes Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, Clarion, Panasonic, and JVC.[citation needed]
    The Sonos Digital Media Player supports playback of AAC files.
    The Barnes & Noble Nook Color electronic-book reader supports playback of AAC encoded files.
    The Roku SoundBridge network audio player supports playback of AAC encoded files.
    The Squeezebox network audio player (made by Slim Devices, a Logitech company) supports playback of AAC files.
    The PlayStation 3 supports encoding and decoding of AAC files.
    The Xbox 360 supports streaming of AAC through the Zune software, and of supported iPods connected through the USB port
    The Wii video game console supports AAC files through version 1.1 of the Photo Channel as of December 11, 2007. All AAC profiles and bitrates are supported as long as it is in the.m4a file extension. This update removed MP3 compatibility, but users who have installed this may freely downgrade to the old version if they wish.[45]
    The Livescribe Pulse and Echo Smartpens record and store audio in AAC format. The audio files can be replayed using the pen's integrated speaker, attached headphones, or on a computer using the Livescribe Desktop software. The AAC files are stored in the user's "My Documents" folder of the Windows OS and can be distributed and played without specialized hardware or software from Livescribe.
     
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    No, you are not paranoid. Apple is.
     
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