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    This was a box set too, Sibelius, Berglund/Bournemouth... I was excited, I was gonna spend some time this weekend listening through in chronological order since I've only heard a couple of his symphonies. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men, etc...

    I was hoping I'd get it today but they flagged the order with an alert so I'm just gonna go for a refund.

    Anyway, are any of these "Big Box" style classical downloads available through any other online retailers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperTonic View Post
    See the link below. I found both of those albums there. There are a number of very large collections available for download, and all of them are currently marked down to $0.99. The Classic Select home page says that they are closed and not to order from them, but the Bach Guild digital download page that I've linked to below is still active and it looks like you can place an order.

    https://www.classicselect.com/collec...-99-cents-each
    Wow! Thanks for providing this-great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Listener View Post
    ...However, I'm not interested in creating another account anywhere and Amazon seems to require you to have certain browsers to access "your" music in "the cloud." They will not just let you download the files after you give them your money. Is this correct?
    As Flamenco noted, it's not correct. Amazon Music should work in any browser and you can download from your cloud any time.

    Another advantage of storing your purchases in the cloud (which is free and can hold infinite albums if they're purchased) is that you can access your albums easily on your smartphone wherever you are. Just install the Amazon Music app and enter your e-mail address and Amazon password. If you're a Prime member, you can add a huge number of "free for Prime" albums to your cloud and those, too, will be available anywhere.

    For somebody who grew up in more musically starved times, this is like heaven on earth. It's hard to understand how people can possibly complain about it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post

    For somebody who grew up in more musically starved times, this is like heaven on earth. It's hard to understand how people can possibly complain about it!

    And yet.................
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Listener View Post
    That sucks. They lost a box set I ordered recently, too. To be fair, they did refund my money with no hassle that time and I ordered it again and got it the second time, but it was still obviously not ideal. If you yell at them, they should give your money back, too.
    To your previous point, I have also noticed that Amazon can screw up your downloads. Then you have to download from the music app which is clumsy. As for complaining, it depends on if you get someone who knows what to do because they can fix it.

    But still they are less hassle than buying a download from Google music. That is a nightmare where you are forced to use their terrible app and they hide your download.
    Last edited by Oldhoosierdude; Apr-21-2019 at 09:32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    And yet.................
    It's a matter of priorities. For music, my priority is the near-infinite library and the ability to hear it through 10 players, from my phone to my primary system, using a single WiFi interface For this, I am willing to tolerate the occasional hiccup (most often rebuffering) and the rarer problem solving session.

    For my TV, computer activity and most other aspects of my life, I am very much in the KISS camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    As Flamenco noted, it's not correct. Amazon Music should work in any browser and you can download from your cloud any time.

    Another advantage of storing your purchases in the cloud (which is free and can hold infinite albums if they're purchased) is that you can access your albums easily on your smartphone wherever you are. Just install the Amazon Music app and enter your e-mail address and Amazon password. If you're a Prime member, you can add a huge number of "free for Prime" albums to your cloud and those, too, will be available anywhere.

    For somebody who grew up in more musically starved times, this is like heaven on earth. It's hard to understand how people can possibly complain about it!
    As I already said, it does not work in my browser and I have nothing to do with the cloud. IIRC, last time I looked into it, it required a specific, additional registration despite being an Amazon customer. My phone is very, very dumb and I wouldn't want to listen to music on it any more than I'd want to watch movies on a tiny screen or type with only my thumbs. I, too, grew up in musically starved times in which I at least anonymously walked into a store and paid cash in exchange for an item I took home. I'm perfectly happy to play anything on youtube but, if I'm paying for something then, like at McDonalds, I want to "have it my way." Why people accept what these corporations do, I have no idea. "Oh thank you, Amazon, for spying on me and coercing me into your rental model and your other channels of dictated purchase methods and selling me pixels and digits that, if I'm not able to download them or neglect to download them, you can delete at any time." No, and no thanks. I walked into a store, paid, and walked out. Even with Amazon, I should be able to go to the site, pay, and "click out" with my damned download.

    Anyway, that's the last I'm going to say on this and I'm sorry for having derailed your thread, flamencosketches. The point is supposed to be the MC library which is supposed to be independent of the monopolistic Amazon and seems to be a very spiffy thing.

    -- One last thing: "does not work in my browser" - this is the same irrelevant crap the Amazon rep got me into. It DID work in my browser for several downloads (the first hit is free) but then, for no technical reason whatsoever but due to their arbitrary software design which attempts to push me to their cloud music database datamining thing, they STOPPED the downloads AFTER I had paid for it and refused to fix it. There is nothing wrong with my browser but only with their intentional code. I repeat, the message was "You've reached the download limit for this purchase from Your Orders. You can still download this music from your Amazon Music library." The arbitrarily imposed post-purchase download "limit" after which I must do what THEY say to access MY stuff.
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    It's easy to download from Amazon. They have a free helper app that queues everything up and unpacks it automatically.
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    Things get a lot dicier if you're using certain flavors of Linux. The Amazon player does not work so well with my set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common Listener View Post
    When I buy something, I want to receive something like a book or a CD so I don't usually mess with the other stuff (and even then it absolutely ought to be in lossless formats such as FLAC rather than MP3) but this seemed interesting. However, I'm not interested in creating another account anywhere and Amazon seems to require you to have certain browsers to access "your" music in "the cloud." They will not just let you download the files after you give them your money. Is this correct?
    You can download any music files that you purchase on Amazon. Follow the directions. But it does require a certain patience and rhythm in the process. If you get mad at it, you’ve just made everything worse and it might be over a dollar download. If you’re not going to play your files on a cell phone, you don’t need the Cloud or the Amazon app and you can just download them to your computer and play them from there, burn them to a disc, or load the files to an MP3 player. So the files can be downloaded to your download or music folder. There are options. The advantage of the Amazon music library is that if your computer ever crashes you don’t lose your files, or you have access to your entire library through the Amazon app for your computer or cell phone and always have them with you. I like Amazon and I like their customer service. But I never yell at them because usually anything can be straightened out without being rude or a pain in the ***.
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    The thing I like about the Amazon Music app is that I use iTunes primarily, and the Amazon Music app has a setting that when you download something you've bought from Amazon, you can have it automatically download to iTunes. No mess, no fuss, no need to use their abysmal player (yes, even worse than iTunes).
    Last edited by gardibolt; Apr-23-2019 at 21:36.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Thanks for the link! There are some really great lookin CDs on here. Since I've been loving the 4 hours of '50s Richter I downloaded from the MC Library, I'm tempted to get that 2CD of '40s Richter.
    The sound is a bit dodgy on the '40s Richter set, but the performances are pretty excellent, and it's the only source I'm aware of to get that material (radio concerts, as I recollect).
    Hours of unrecorded, unpublished and unknown Beethoven works at The Unheard Beethoven

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