How do you get your music?

We posted this question over on the Maktub Facebook page and got a lot of interesting replies -- sounds like more people than we thought still like CDs. So, how do you get your music? CDs or downloads? iTunes or Amazon or direct from the band website? Free or paid? This is a very unscientific survey that will help us decide how to release the new album. Did we mention ... the new album is mixed. We're just waiting to master it and pull some artwork together. Excited?

Comment here or over on the Facebook thread.





43 comments

  • eshute

    eshute

    Download on iTunes almost exclusively. Buy CDs at shows. Support Marc7 and wait for my "free" CD ;-)...which I've enjoyed being a part of and enjoyed the CD immensely by the way!

    Download on iTunes almost exclusively. Buy CDs at shows. Support Marc7 and wait for my "free" CD
    ;-)...which I've enjoyed being a part of and enjoyed the CD immensely by the way!

  • Amy

    Amy

    Both. We have a sound system that actually lets you hear the difference between a well-recorded CD and a poorly-recorded one, so we make a point to buy physical copies of the albums we think are worth trying out on the sound system. I do purchase mp3s via iTunes and Amazon, though. In addition, don't forget the extras -- offering up alternate versions, remixes, etc. as individual sales.

    Both. We have a sound system that actually lets you hear the difference between a well-recorded CD and a poorly-recorded one, so we make a point to buy physical copies of the albums we think are worth trying out on the sound system.

    I do purchase mp3s via iTunes and Amazon, though.

    In addition, don't forget the extras -- offering up alternate versions, remixes, etc. as individual sales.

  • Lfunk62

    Lfunk62

    Guess I'm old school... I buy CDs. Love having the liner notes, lyrics, photos,artwork etc. I believe I purchased all my Maktub from your site. Can't wait for the new stuff!

    Guess I'm old school... I buy CDs. Love having the liner notes, lyrics, photos,artwork etc. I believe I purchased all my Maktub from your site. Can't wait for the new stuff!

  • Andy

    Andy

    CD! I never understand why so many people pay like to pay $10 for poor-quality, "vulnerable" files when you can buy a hard-copy CD for about the same price (or maybe a few bucks more) that you'll probably have forever. 20 years from now are you going to be listening to the same mp3's that you just paid $10 for? Because I'll still be listening to my CD's... or at least ripping them into whatever new technology exists, and not having to pay another $10 or $20 apiece to buy my favorite albums again because all my mp3's got deleted and/or are ridiculously outdated/unsupported technology. Digital files are temporary, CD's are still the perfect medium.

    CD! I never understand why so many people pay like to pay $10 for poor-quality, "vulnerable" files when you can buy a hard-copy CD for about the same price (or maybe a few bucks more) that you'll probably have forever. 20 years from now are you going to be listening to the same mp3's that you just paid $10 for? Because I'll still be listening to my CD's... or at least ripping them into whatever new technology exists, and not having to pay another $10 or $20 apiece to buy my favorite albums again because all my mp3's got deleted and/or are ridiculously outdated/unsupported technology. Digital files are temporary, CD's are still the perfect medium.

  • J$

    J$

    I stream on Rhapsody (I pay the monthly fee). Planning on downloading the WMAs & then using software to convert to mp3. I have over 1K CDs but plan on buying as few as possible...at shows or from bands that are friends only. Or if I have to have the CD b/c it's one of my fav bands.:agree:

    I stream on Rhapsody (I pay the monthly fee). Planning on downloading the WMAs & then using software to convert to mp3. I have over 1K CDs but plan on buying as few as possible...at shows or from bands that are friends only. Or if I have to have the CD b/c it's one of my fav bands.agree

  • Marc

    Marc

    I do download quite a bit because of the immediacy of fueling my addiction, sometimes Itunes and Amazon, but mostly Emusic. I still like CD's from my favorite bands, ie. you guys, so I would hope that you do put out a hard copy.

    I do download quite a bit because of the immediacy of fueling my addiction, sometimes Itunes and Amazon, but mostly Emusic. I still like CD's from my favorite bands, ie. you guys, so I would hope that you do put out a hard copy.

  • Joseph from Salt Lake

    Joseph from Salt Lake

    Usually I download from Itunes, unlesss I'm fortunate to go to the release concert and get a signed copy! I'm in bad need of a Maktub fix, when's the concert?

    Usually I download from Itunes, unlesss I'm fortunate to go to the release concert and get a signed copy! I'm in bad need of a Maktub fix, when's the concert?

  • Brien

    Brien

    I still like to go to Easy Street and get the "hard copy."

    I still like to go to Easy Street and get the "hard copy."

  • Chad

    Chad

    Amazon.

    Amazon.

  • Mike Lombardi

    Mike Lombardi

    I'm a 57 year old fan from Crystal Lake, IL and I download from iTunes.

    I'm a 57 year old fan from Crystal Lake, IL and I download from iTunes.

  • John

    John

    I buy CDs directly from the artist whenever possible. They did the work so they should get the cash!!!!

    I buy CDs directly from the artist whenever possible. They did the work so they should get the cash!!!!

  • rsdio

    rsdio

    My online purchases are almost exclusively from sites like WARP, Bleep, and LINN Records who make FLAC files available. FLAC is at least as high quality as CD, and in the case of LINN, they have gone to 24-bit and/or 96 kHz or even 192 kHz for digital files, including surround. This stuff sounds analog! I would love to get a digital master of the latest Maktub album as a 24-bit 96 kHz FLAC file. I have two or three systems that would take full advantage of this, including one venue on Capitol Hill where others could come listen. I do not purchase from iTunes, because I prefer the outdated CD format to lossy compression. MP3 and AAC are great for demos and quick downloads, but I won't pay very much for them at all.

    My online purchases are almost
    exclusively from sites like WARP, Bleep,
    and LINN Records who make FLAC files
    available. FLAC is at least as high quality
    as CD, and in the case of LINN, they have
    gone to 24-bit and/or 96 kHz or even
    192 kHz for digital files, including
    surround. This stuff sounds analog!

    I would love to get a digital master of the
    latest Maktub album as a 24-bit 96 kHz
    FLAC file. I have two or three systems
    that would take full advantage of this,
    including one venue on Capitol Hill where
    others could come listen.

    I do not purchase from iTunes, because I
    prefer the outdated CD format to lossy
    compression. MP3 and AAC are great for
    demos and quick downloads, but I won't
    pay very much for them at all.

  • JL

    JL

    This year I'm trying to make the push to buy everything available on vinyl on vinyl. Vinyl with digital download fills all of my listening needs. And not that I buy music with the intention of re-selling, but vinyl usually appreciates in value, CDs definitely do. I try to only buy directly from the band or from an independent record store.

    This year I'm trying to make the push to
    buy everything available on vinyl on vinyl.
    Vinyl with digital download fills all of my
    listening needs.

    And not that I buy music with the
    intention of re-selling, but vinyl usually
    appreciates in value, CDs definitely do.

    I try to only buy directly from the band or
    from an independent record store.

  • Minda

    Minda

    Primarily listen through a Rhapsody subscription, but I miss the artwork. I buy CDs at shows of bands I see. I'll buy direct from an indie label's website if I'm particularly interested in getting the full CD-quality sound. Hardly go to record stores anymore. I don't download. Takes up too much space on my computer.

    Primarily listen through a Rhapsody subscription, but I miss the artwork. I buy CDs at shows of bands I see. I'll buy direct from an indie label's website if I'm particularly interested in getting the full CD-quality sound. Hardly go to record stores anymore. I don't download. Takes up too much space on my computer.

  • Mark T. Connor

    Mark T. Connor

    I still buy CD's for the artwork etc., and to keep-up my Maktub collection. I like to get the money to the artists directly on their site. Come play in Bend, it's hard to travel with my new baby!

    I still buy CD's for the artwork etc., and to keep-up my Maktub collection. I like to get the money to the artists directly on their site.
    Come play in Bend, it's hard to travel with my new baby!

  • bucky

    bucky

    Hi, I usually download my music from Acquisition Pro or ITunes and also try to get my music at the shows if at all possible. I like to see my $ go directly to the band. I will echo the words of previous Maktubians and say that it has been far to long to go without feeding that 'Maktub monkey' on my back. Congrats on the new tunes. Can't wait to see you guys again !!! Come on down to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. It would be a hoot.

    Hi, I usually download my music from
    Acquisition Pro or ITunes and also try to
    get my music at the shows if at all
    possible. I like to see my $ go directly to
    the band. I will echo the words of
    previous Maktubians and say that it has
    been far to long to go without feeding
    that 'Maktub monkey' on my back.
    Congrats on the new tunes. Can't wait to
    see you guys again !!! Come on down to
    the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. It would
    be a hoot.

  • AndrewT

    AndrewT

    I prefer cd's, but I'm an old guy. I don't like the quality of downloads and I once had my external hard drive go bad. I lost hundreds of songs and was very depressed. I like graphics and liner notes too.

    I prefer cd's, but I'm an old guy. I don't like the quality of downloads and I once had my external hard drive go bad. I lost hundreds of songs and was very depressed. I like graphics and liner notes too.

  • Kayleigh

    Kayleigh

    I like to buy CD's. I think I'm always intrigued by cover art and design... "what are they thinking as a vision for this album? how does it differ from what I expected?" Just adds a facet to your guys' expression as a band.

    I like to buy CD's. I think I'm always intrigued by cover art and design... "what are they thinking as a vision for this album? how does it differ from what I expected?"

    Just adds a facet to your guys' expression as a band.

  • mike vitek

    mike vitek

    CD's, better quality sound!

    CD's, better quality sound!

  • alex_supertramp

    alex_supertramp

    for the good stuff, old school is still the way to go -- CDs direct from the artist (show or website) when available, if not Amazon.com usually has new and recent releases at good prices... also have a subscription to emusic, and yes, also dload a good handful of unheard or not likely to purchase albums from random blog sites (although this has led to a number of actual purchases)... can't wait for the new disc!

    for the good stuff, old
    school is still the way to
    go -- CDs direct from the
    artist (show or website)
    when available, if not
    Amazon.com usually has new
    and recent releases at good
    prices... also have a
    subscription to emusic, and
    yes, also dload a good
    handful of unheard or not
    likely to purchase albums
    from random blog sites
    (although this has led to a
    number of actual
    purchases)...
    can't wait for the new disc!

  • ALL

    ALL

    I get most of my music thru iTunes. I'll occasionally go to limewire for a really old or hard to find track, but I only deal with digital stuff these days. No more CDs!

    I get most of my music thru iTunes. I'll occasionally go to limewire for a really old or hard to find track, but I only deal with digital stuff these days. No more CDs!

  • Tanya

    Tanya

    I prefer to listen to the music online first and then buy the CD if I like it. I'm big on reading liner notes and even though I rip the CD to put on my mp3 player, I like to have the CD as a backup in case the digital files are lost or corrupted. -- Can't wait to hear your new music btw! :D

    I prefer to listen to the music online first and then buy the CD if I like it. I'm big on reading liner notes and even though I rip the CD to put on my mp3 player, I like to have the CD as a backup in case the digital files are lost or corrupted. -- Can't wait to hear your new music btw! biggrin

  • Chris

    Chris

    I'd rather have the CD. I can upload the tracks myself to my mp3 players--don't need a distributor to do that for me, and if the data corrupts, I can load it again. Also, I really enjoyed the days of vinyl because the album artwork had more impact.:D

    I'd rather have the CD. I can upload the tracks myself to my mp3 players--don't need a distributor to do that for me, and if the data corrupts, I can load it again.
    Also, I really enjoyed the days of vinyl because the album artwork had more impact.biggrin

  • eddyline

    eddyline

    Also, I'd buy the CD directly from the band. Might as well give them all the profit for the creativity as well as for the distribution!

    Also, I'd buy the CD directly from the band. Might as well give them all the profit for the creativity as well as for the distribution!

  • Rico

    Rico

    I buy the majority of my music from Amazon. Either downloads to my I-Tunes or will but the cd outright. Probably a 50/50 split. Still like those liner notes. Looking forward to adding another Maktub cd to the collection.

    I buy the majority of my music from Amazon. Either downloads to my I-Tunes or will but the cd outright. Probably a 50/50 split. Still like those liner notes. Looking forward to adding another Maktub cd to the collection.

  • Aleia

    Aleia

    I like CD's the way I also like actual books. I can have it, hold it, and look at pictures and notes. It is the best..just like Maktub!;)

    I like CD's the way I also like actual books. I can have it, hold it, and look at pictures and notes. It is the best..just like Maktub!wink

  • Steve W.

    Steve W.

    I have purchased all your CDs directly from your web page. I am rockin' it old school!

    I have purchased all your CDs directly from your web page. I am rockin' it old school!

  • Brenda

    Brenda

    I download from itunes, why store all those CD's. Receiving free tunes is great. I'm from Vancouver BC, looking forward to your new CD and any upcoming concerts in Seattle.

    I download from itunes, why store all those CD's. Receiving free tunes is great. I'm from Vancouver BC, looking forward to your new CD and any upcoming concerts in Seattle.

  • Lucas

    Lucas

    I prefer the cd. I like to see who played, produced, engineered, mixed, and masstered the disc. These days it's hard to get my hands on the cds I want so I order them thru the band's website, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. If I'm uber impatient, I'll purchase the download via Amazon so that I can get a higher quality mp3 as I don't like the formats offered by iTunes.

    I prefer the cd. I like to see who played, produced, engineered, mixed, and masstered the disc. These days it's hard to get my hands on the cds I want so I order them thru the band's website, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. If I'm uber impatient, I'll purchase the download via Amazon so that I can get a higher quality mp3 as I don't like the formats offered by iTunes.

  • Nancy Nunnallee Davis

    Nancy Nunnallee Davis

    i tunes....always.

    i tunes....always.

  • Shiryl

    Shiryl

    I still like CDs, but I actually downloaded the last Maktub album from Amazon. I'll have to burn to CD if I want to play it in my car.

    I still like CDs, but I actually downloaded the last Maktub album from Amazon. I'll have to burn to CD if I want to play it in my car.

  • Kevin Davies

    Kevin Davies

    Old school. I buy the CD for the sound quality and artwork. I buy from Amazon primarily.

    Old school. I buy the CD for the sound quality and artwork. I buy from Amazon primarily.

  • Mad Dog

    Mad Dog

    CDs, about 98% of the time. I want the artwork, the lyrics (duh), the credits, etc to go with the music. Plus I can play it at anyones house or in almost any car. Now how about playing Bumbershoot in 2009? ;)

    CDs, about 98% of the time. I want the artwork, the lyrics (duh), the credits, etc to go with the music. Plus I can play it at anyones house or in almost any car. Now how about playing Bumbershoot in 2009? wink

  • Ras Fred

    Ras Fred

    Amazon.com for me. Good bit rates make me happy too.

    Amazon.com for me. Good bit rates make me happy too.

  • Kat

    Kat

    Indie Artists: I try to buy off their sites. If not I got to either iTunes or Amazon. Est. Mainstreamers: I download a couple of tracks to see if it's worth my money. On the off chance it is, I buy off of amazon.

    Indie Artists: I try to buy off their sites. If not I got to either iTunes or Amazon.

    Est. Mainstreamers: I download a couple of tracks to see if it's worth my money. On the off chance it is, I buy off of amazon.

  • crypticzero

    crypticzero

    Wow...There is so much I want to say about this...Make CDs!! I have never downloaded a song from any site on the web, but I am in a unique situation...I've been employeed at Virgin Megastore for 9 1/2 years and was at Sam Goody for 5 years before that. I buy CDs or recieve promotional copies from vendors. (That's how I discovered Maktub) CDs are my business. I believe that downloading (illegal or not)is the cause of our "Going Out Of Business" sale that's happening now at Virgin and the reason Musicland, Sam Goody, Media Play, Tower and other retail music stores are no longer around. Not downloading alone, though. The economy is causing people to have less disposable income to buy CDs, so they get a couple of songs on line and call it good. Well, as you hopefully know, a couple of songs does not make an album. An album is a collection of art, by artists. But, artists make music to be heard and by making it available through every possible avenue, they can accomplish that...There should be no such thing as disposable art...But with downloads, there is. As far as formats...There will always be 2 dominant formats. 8 track and Vinyl...Vinyl and Cassette, Cassette and CD...CD and Downloads...Downloads and brain inserts????. So Daniel, I'd say make CDs and offer it as a download on your site, and if it will get you guys the exposure you so deserve, then hit up ITunes and all the other web services you know of. After all, there may be no stores around to sell your CDs soon. Thanks for listening...Kelly

    Wow...There is so much I want to say about this...Make CDs!! I have never downloaded a song from any site on the web, but I am in a unique situation...I've been employeed at Virgin Megastore for 9 1/2 years and was at Sam Goody for 5 years before that. I buy CDs or recieve promotional copies from vendors. (That's how I discovered Maktub) CDs are my business. I believe that downloading (illegal or not)is the cause of our "Going Out Of Business" sale that's happening now at Virgin and the reason Musicland, Sam Goody, Media Play, Tower and other retail music stores are no longer around. Not downloading alone, though. The economy is causing people to have less disposable income to buy CDs, so they get a couple of songs on line and call it good. Well, as you hopefully know, a couple of songs does not make an album. An album is a collection of art, by artists. But, artists make music to be heard and by making it available through every possible avenue, they can accomplish that...There should be no such thing as disposable art...But with downloads, there is. As far as formats...There will always be 2 dominant formats. 8 track and Vinyl...Vinyl and Cassette, Cassette and CD...CD and Downloads...Downloads and brain inserts????. So Daniel, I'd say make CDs and offer it as a download on your site, and if it will get you guys the exposure you so deserve, then hit up ITunes and all the other web services you know of. After all, there may be no stores around to sell your CDs soon. Thanks for listening...Kelly

  • Cori

    Cori

    Hi fellas! I'm old fashioned...like the CD thing and cannot wait for your new one. Golly its been a long time a comin! My others are getting tired. You're the best. I trust you all are well and oh so happy. Blessings.:love:

    Hi fellas! I'm old fashioned...like the CD thing and cannot wait for your new one. Golly its been a long time a comin! My others are getting tired. You're the best. I trust you all are well and oh so happy.
    Blessings.love

  • Dave Fetter

    Dave Fetter

    I buy CD's I'am not into downloading files whose quality is sometimes in question. I like something I can put my hands on!!! Looking forward to the new album thanks guys!!!

    I buy CD's I'am not into downloading files whose quality is sometimes in question. I like something I can put my hands on!!! Looking forward to the new album thanks guys!!!

  • bdavidkiester

    bdavidkiester

    For the bands I really dig, the CD is a must. I have both versions of Subtle Ways. And if any of those bands happen to make it down to Texas (hint, hint) then I might try to get an autograph or two. If it helps the band, I buy them from the band site. Rarely do I go out and buy one from the big box chains. Love the lyrics, liner notes, art work, thanks and other bands mentioned. To me, there's nothing like breaking open a new CD.

    For the bands I really dig, the CD is a must. I have both versions of Subtle Ways. And if any of those bands happen to make it down to Texas (hint, hint) then I might try to get an autograph or two. If it helps the band, I buy them from the band site. Rarely do I go out and buy one from the big box chains. Love the lyrics, liner notes, art work, thanks and other bands mentioned. To me, there's nothing like breaking open a new CD.

  • Carol

    Carol

    I will always buy cds. Love the three Maktub I have.

    I will always buy cds.
    Love the three Maktub I have.

  • James Nunes

    James Nunes

    I prefer to buy CD's. I have all your music on CD's and like to keep it that way. Keep up the great work.

    I prefer to buy CD's. I have all your music on CD's and like to keep it that way. Keep up the great work.

  • Melissa W

    Melissa W

    Hi- I know there aren't many of us out there - but I have a Zune and buy my music electronically. I always rip it to a cd for backup. If a local band needs cd sales, I go to Sonic Boom. Cheers! Melissa

    Hi-
    I know there aren't many of us out there - but I have a Zune and buy my music electronically. I always rip it to a cd for backup. If a local band needs cd sales, I go to Sonic Boom.
    Cheers!
    Melissa

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Hi Melissa - we're going to be offering the album as a free download from the maktub.com site - so if you choose that option you should just be able to dump the files into your Zune. Cheers back atcha!

    Hi Melissa - we're going to be offering the album as a free download from the maktub.com site - so if you choose that option you should just be able to dump the files into your Zune. Cheers back atcha!

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