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Old 14th September 2011
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Buying WAV downloads

Does anyone know where I can buy full wav singles as downloads.

I want some current pop stuff to use as a reference for my mixes. However, I would rather not have MP3 and also don't want to buy a whole album then rip the desired wav just for that one track.

I know beatport and bleep do WAVs, but they cater for specialist genres.
Surely in this day and age we can get hi res pop audio?!

thanks
Old 14th September 2011
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Those two are the only sites I have found for waves....Glad to see someone else is searching for the hi res stuff as my new release will have a wav. Download option.
Old 14th September 2011
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I'm interested as well...! pop, rock, funk, soul... c'mon guys... heh

ciao

Cheu
Old 14th September 2011
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buy records
dont bite the hand that pays you
^^
Old 14th September 2011
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Maybe sometime in the future, portable .wav players will render MP3 players obsolete as well as eliminating any need to convert the .wav files at all. Also, .wav player consoles for home stereo systems would also be nice. ----- Dreaming of the .wav-only audio reality ..... will it ever exist ?
Old 14th September 2011
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If the music/band you want to buy is on Bandcamp, you can buy lossless files in either FLAC or Apple Lossless (AL) that are effectively the same as WAV but only a little more than half as big. There are more relatively big names (not mega-huge, maybe) all the time selling through Bandcamp for just that reason -- not to mention that BC offers pretty much the best deal to musicians of any of the online stores that I know of (at least if you use PayPal Micropayments).


@Flying Dutchman -- of course, none of us should ever trade in pirated music, but I don't think that's at all what these guys had in mind. And, depending on the site/service, buying a DL may well put MORE money in the pocket of the band/musician.
Old 15th September 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Flying_Dutchman View Post
buy records
dont bite the hand that pays you
^^
I have a collection of more than 1200 cd's, bought EVERY cd I own.. (plus some vinyl.. Just about 200..)
Honestly I like the feeling of a physical cd or record in my hands, something that the new generation probably doesn't have.
It's not that I don't want to pay for music, I think that it would be great if people could have the choice to buy a 48/24 wav tune, instead of the sad compressed stuff on itunes..
People is buying less music (according to RIAA) in general, cd's are going down to the sink, digital downloads (paid) are doing ok (even if ppl bought less than last year), and vinyl is doing better than last year, even if it's still a niche.

So why not having a good website where you could download a wav file at 48 (or 96) 24 bit? HD space is not a problem anymore..especially in the years to come..
And as said by the previous poster, there could be more money in the musician pocket as well..
Btw there will always be people who will download it for free..

Or am I missing some points?



Cheu
Old 15th September 2011
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The problem with WAV files is it's there but there's not really a need for it in a personal WAV player, WAV is really good for a cd and even playing some tracks live before a gig or as a dj but if you want to just put them on an iPod type thing it's kind of pointless because you don't get the full experience of music on an iPod.
Old 15th September 2011
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Buying WAV downloads

@ www.hdtracks.com you can buy hi res wavs. But I am afraid they don't have as much content as many other sites.
Old 15th September 2011
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wow! some really interesting comments.

nice one on the hdtracks heads up Joram, but they don't do that many artists I am looking for (Katie Perry, Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Bruno Mars etc).

I am not bothered about having physical goods actually, just wish we had not gone backwards in terms of audio quality (I guess similar to what the tape did to vinyl back in the day....).

My prediction (and hope) is that as broadband download speeds and portable hard disks grow much larger, having to use MP3s for file size reasons will not be an issue and they will become obselete. After all MP3 were just a solution to the large file sizes of wavs that were not great for selling the "10,000 tunes in your pocket" marketing speil. Overtime all download sites inc. itunes have upped their bit rate, so it points in the right direction. Once we get 5TB ipods things may change (or maybe not if peeps instead just fill with MORE MP3 songs and films.....hmmmm).

I think Radiohead did an option on their last release for 24bit, 44.1 quality as a download. This would be an excellent standard, tho I would be happy on 16bit CD quality!

@Flying Dutchman - just for the record I am talking about buying, not pirating tracks. I understand your point wholeheartedly and applaud it.
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