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Online music stores w/ AAC support, [moved from General Audio]
bernhold
post Nov 20 2013, 23:18
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Hello,

what music stores allow downloading files in AAC format? I know there is iTunes, but is there anything else? I checked amazon, beatport and google play music so far, they only offer MP3.

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DVDdoug
post Nov 20 2013, 23:46
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Apple is the only major distributor I know of that sells AAC.

If you really want to avoid iTunes or iTunes doesn't have what you want, your best bet is probably to buy the CD and rip to the format(s) of your choice. And if you can't find the CD either, you may have to just take whatever you can get.

CD Universe sells MP3s, I think Rhapsody still sells MP3s, Wal-Mart used to sell MP3s, but apparently they no longer sell downloads at all.

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post Nov 21 2013, 03:53
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Thank you. That's bad news. Is there any reason why nobody offers AAC? Less demand, of course, but are there any licensing issues that make AAC less attractive?
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post Nov 21 2013, 04:58
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QUOTE (bernhold @ Nov 20 2013, 22:53) *
Thank you. That's bad news. Is there any reason why nobody offers AAC?


Apple has 99% of the market for AAC music players, so it doesn't make sense to offer AAC files.
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post Nov 21 2013, 05:50
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In Japan, there was a large market of music ringtone (chaku uta) @ 80 billion yen per year or so, typically selling DRMed AAC packed in 3gpp container or something (that was before smartphone appeared). There might have been MP3s, but certainly not in the bare elementary stream format.
It seems that Japan local music store named "Mora" of Sony Music Online Japan still sells AAC, now without DRM.

Personally I have never been interested in them, and don't know about the details.
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post Nov 21 2013, 06:52
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QUOTE (bernhold @ Nov 20 2013, 18:53) *
Is there any reason why nobody offers AAC?

MP3 is more compatible, and since both formats can achieve transparency on most music, it makes more business sense to sell the format that more people can use. Apple's staunch support of AAC is perhaps the main reason for the market share it has managed to acquire.
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post Nov 21 2013, 11:17
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Bandcamp also offers AAC among other lossy and lossless formats.


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post Nov 21 2013, 13:46
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QUOTE (bernhold @ Nov 20 2013, 23:18) *
what music stores allow downloading files in AAC format?

Not every album, but for some you have the choice: 7digital
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post Nov 21 2013, 17:29
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Qobuz as well, it also offers lossless downloads. It's French but it's one of the best I've ever used.

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