What fun! Yes, most of the time you have to pay for what you want desperately...however, you aren't ready for this. Unlike that dreadful iTunes, when a song is "$0.99," on Amazon it actually is $0.99!! They also have lots of popular songs for $0.50 or $0.89! To top that, there are entire albums (once again, popular albums mind you) starting at $2.99! This is insane because you can get carried away easily with buying all kinds of amazing music that you otherwise would end up paying too much elsewhere. One last note before i stop raging about Amazon MP3. There are a lot of ways to search for music in the MP3 store and it's crucial to figure out what works best for you. Don't be afraid to sift through the free songs because you never know when you will find an absolute gem (like when i found L&A!).
Admittedly, the prices on Bandcamp may be a little more than Amazon sometimes, but what is so neat is when you buy from artists/bands on this site, you're actually supporting the artist the most! They're getting a lot more of your money directly which is a really nice thought, especially if you can't get enough of them. However, ahah, you can also stream a lot of the music if the musicians have decided to make this possible and even download...for...FREE! i Love free music..have i said this enough yet?
This last, not frequently traveled enough, route is one where you cannot necessarily download music, but, you can attend concerts! This site blows my mind. You see, artists who do not have that notoriety to be touring the world can do a living room show or house show or whatevah, and.. Play live music! You can buy "Notes" which get you a ticket to a performance and then during the show you can "Tip" them notes. The best part? Each note is only $0.10. Yep, a stinking dime!! Unreal yeah? What about an entire show from a favorite artist and the ticket price is...any amount you want?! Essentially, you can attend by paying just $0.10. Sweet. Sad news: Not enough artists know about this site so you've got a job to do. Ask the artists you like to hurry up and hop on this site so you can see them!
This is all for now, but thanks for checking these out. It's really worth it as you'll soon see if you haven't already. Keep listening folks!