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iTunes Make Way; There's Competition
Member Name: davidbrentforPM
Date: 06/01/10, updated on 06/01/10 (93 review reads)
Advantages: A quick and easy process, save yourself money, and get even more music
Disadvantages: Not quite as one-click as iTunes may be
Ever wished there was a way of having someone shop around for you? Well, this is the place to do it when you're downloading music.
TuneChecker is a new website from 'moneysavingexpert.com', which allows you to 'compare cheap MP3 single and album downloads'.
TuneChecker uses a very basic idea, but it works incredibly well. All you have to do is pick a song or album to search for, and you are given a list of the cheapest places to purchase the download from, along with the most expensive.
TuneChecker searches; iTunes, Amazon.co.uk, PLAY.com, 7digital, HMV.com, we7, Tesco, Orange and tunetribe.
Searching is quick any easy, and results are rendered almost immediately. As a test search, I entered 'Bad Romance' (by Lady Gaga). I was given the option of the album or single, and selected single. Prices together with sources were listed in ascending order, and the contrast was vast, varying from just £0.29 on 'amazon.co.uk' whilst 'orange' were charging an extortionate £1.49. 'iTunes' was the third most expensive out of the nine results at £0.99. Once you've picked your download source, you can simply select the link to be redirected to the download page.
Searching other singles brings me to the the conclusion that as expected, iTunes is most certainly no longer the place to download your music from. With new singles now at £0.99 rather than the original £0.79, it shows that Apple are going to have to start re-evaluating their pricing before they start slipping down in the market to their competition.
Thinking in terms of savings, if you download five £0.29 music download from Amazon for £1.45, compared to downloading five £0.99 downloads from iTunes for £4.95, you're saving a massive £3.50! Massive, well maybe not, but in terms of music downloads; there are brand new albums available for that price if you search this website!
The fact of the matter is, MP3 downloads is a massive industry, and growing day by day as CD buys become much less popular. This service allows you to find the cheapest places to go for your downloads, and that privilege is completely free! In my experience, I find that Amazon, Play and Tesco are all very reliable sources.
As well as the search engine, the TuneChecker homepage also includes sections for the 'most searched', 'biggest price difference' and 'top ten albums this week'. The website also allows you to sign up for the 'weekly TuneChecker update', in which you receive details of the top ten album, single, and new releases downloads.
In terms of design the website isn't the most appealing, yet the layout is tidy nonetheless, with sections clearly separated and easy to find your way around.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic website; it allows you to quickly find and download the songs that you want for the best prices without having to search through various download websites. If you download music in any amount, then this is for you.
Summary: The cheapest and most efficient way of downloading music to date