I like iTunes…all the music I buy I get digitally. I would go there every Tuesday and see what the latest releases were and maybe even make a purchase. Then I found that I could get the same music at Amazon.com for less money. I like spending less money. For instance I wanted the new (and last) David Crowder*Band release and it was $13.99 on iTunes but Amazon was running a sale on release day for $11.99. A few years ago Amazon had U2′s release “No Line On The Horizon” for around $3, iTunes was selling it for $10 and I saw it at Starbucks for around $15.
As much as I like iTunes and Amazon they are not the best at letting me know when music I like is coming out. Sure they have sections with what is coming out but nothing great. For this, I left iTunes and have been using a site called NEW RELEASE TUESDAY. They are pretty current and are full of information. Their niche is Christian music and they do a good job of keeping everything up-to-date.
Some features I really like are the FREE downloads and full album previews. I was listening to the David Crowder*Band’s new release “Church Music” a week before it was released. They added a few radio bumpers in the stream but it was not a big deal. I do find the site a bit busy, kind of cluttered and it is clear they are selling ads to keep the site up but I guess that is business. There are links to purchase CD’s from each artist and the prices are reasonable but I buy all my music via MP3 downloads. If you want a hard copy make sure you price shop this site against Amazon and Wal-Mart.
The site has some other cool features beyond what I listed, like a new release list and coming soon list that reaches several months out. There is a huge list of Christian artists with a links to their bio, twitter page (if they have one), headlines, upcoming events, and music videos. A lot of work has been put into this site.
The cool things:
Links to Spotify play lists
The not so cool things:
Feels busy (too much going on)
Do not have digital downloads (buy MP3’s from Amazon)
I have never seen “Live Support” online (could just be me)