I've been collecting records for many years now but for digital I've been pretty lazy. Started way back in the day importing my CDs into iTunes, being dumb not paying any attention to format/quality/removing songs/not adding art/ etc etc. Then I have all these shitty downloads with inaccurate information/varying quality/etc. The last few years I've been doing the whole streaming thing which is super convenient but I don't feel like I "own" the music.
Long story short, I'm now slowly building my digital library like I have been with my record collection. Got a Fiio X1 and have some nice sets of headphones so stuff should be sounding pretty sweet! While there's not a HUGE sound difference between 320kpbs MP3s and FLAC files imo, I do think going with FLAC is a better way to futureproof my digital collection given the lossless compression. Mixtapes/podcasts/etc etc I'm not going to worry about having in FLAC but for albums this is the way I'm wanting to go.
This brings me to my point about ST stuff on FLAC. While some labels are supporting the format it is a bummer to see on the ST store only MP3 files are available. I also tried the digital code that came with my JP Savage record and was sad to see there are only MP3s there too (though it is 320kpbs, thanks!). I do know one place that would have ST FLACs and that is over on Bandcamp -- https://stonesthrow.bandcamp.com/ . While it's sweet some records are available, it's a bummer to pay $10 for all these things I already own on wax. I know you can't make some time machine that would let you include this format in the form of a download code, but it would be sweet if newer releases that include a code would also include FLAC as well.
Another place I had luck with FLACs that the ST Bandcamp doesn't have was Bleep. I had sold my copy of Madlib's Fall Suite for like $60 on Discogs last year and was going to be sad if I couldn't get it now in this format easily, lucky enough it was over here -- https://bleep.com/re...mble-fall-suite
Finally, I realize I can buy the ST CDs and import them as well which is actually my plan for this stuff and a lot of others. I've already got the Exact Audio Copy setup going/etc. CD prices are so cheap, to the point where buying the physical is prob gonna cost me less than grabbing digital right away. If the prices on ST's Bandcamp ever had a sale (like Mello is doing right now -- https://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/ $5 for everything!) then I'd prob just support ST directly which would also be more convenient.
tl;dr = Take even more of my money from FLAC stuff ST!
Stones Throw FLACs
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