Audiostreet.co.uk is an online music shop which I mostly use when ordering cd's online, although I do sometimes use amazon. I use audiotreet because they have reductions on cd prices which can be qite big sometimes but not all the time, there have been times when they have had prices the same as in the shop and when you add your £1 delivery that's more expensive. The delivery is £1 and it used to be free but I wouldn't say that £1 was very expensive. The good thing is it's only £1 not for every iem added to the basked for all of them so if I bought 5 cd's then it would only be £1 delivery. The packaging is good and it usually only takes about 2 days for them to send one time I ordered in the morning I got my order sent to me next day so I was impressed with that. The presentation of the site is good I think, they have their albums of the week for every section such a pop, dance, rock, country, jazz etc. They show the UK top 10 albums so that if you are looking for an album you could get na idea from that, you can also see the top 40 if you look at the link. You can pre-order a lot of cd's on this website and they have many special editions which are not sold in the stores which I think is good. With some albums you can listen to some samples of the tracks but they don't always have that. People review some albums so you can see what people that have bought the album think of it. The site have many clearance sales and offers on also they have some competitions to get signed goodies or cd's. I have never entered any but people do win. They have a new releases section on the site which shows all of the albums coming out the week you are checking and the week after this is for people needing to check when an album they like is coming out. To search for cd's you search by artist title or the whole lot and you should have good results. Before using this website you need
to join and get your account and credit card details given over so you can pay. You can pay by Switch also. If you just want an idea of what is out in an area of music you like you can search on the categories on the top of the page, for example if you were wanting to know what was out in the soundtracks section you would click on it and then it shows all of the soundtracks coming soon, the top ten soundtracks and albums of the week or essential albums they have picked. I think this is a good website and I always use it, I have used them for a while now so I don't order from anywhere but here I trust them. I know they have a good delivery service and that they pack things well. they always have good prices and also they are a helpful site and I recommend them.
After All the flack I got I'll spend a little of time to amend the op. I have used audiostreet.co.uk multiple times and am always surprised at what they have. The other day I wanted to have Fight To Win by Femi Kuti which they had and shipped the next day. Searching for a CD is easy: you can search by title, artist or both and it always given me reliable search results. Prices are not too cheap. I actually just checked and noticed they seem to have increased their prices from £9.99-£10.99 to £11.99-£13.99 (although currently they have a sale ongoing starting at £3.99 - so it is always worth checking). They is also a £1 shipping charge, per shipment so it pays to order more than one CD. Once they shipped a wrong CD to me. However, in their packages they have return labels which one can stick on the package to return it easily. They then sent me the right CD immediately. I like the design of the website (it is sorted into dance/pop/rock/indie/complipaltions/soundtracks/jazz/classical/country/world, and for each they list an album of the week, one or two essential albums, and a top ten). For each album they also give a pretty good review. Only problem is that the listening of samples stopped working some 6 months ago. I however tend to listen on the US sites (i.e. amazon.com) to sample CD's if I am unsure whether I like a recommended CD. Since I have used this site I stopped going to record shops. For those who like to pre-order they have a good list of upcoming albums which one can pre-order. The top part of each webpage also shows links to sites where you can buy books, DVD's, games, and videos - all into the same basket. Seems to make it quite convenient although I have not used any of these features. There is also a link to the Streetwise magazine and an Xchange page which seems interesting but which I also not yet have used.
Audio Street ummm, well, I thought. I might just go and have a browse and see what it is all about. This American cyber friend told me about a CD 'Hope Floats' and suggested I could get it on Audio Street. Never done this before! what if I make a mess of it! how do I know what to do! what if my CC details get pinched! what if my computer can't handle it! what if .... Darn, I will go and see. These thoughts ran through my mind as I suppose they must have done with a thousand other people on the brink of 'on line shopping' and here I was, a novice and a rather hesitant prospective on line shopper. Off I went into Adio S. Wow, in no time at all using their search facility I had located the CD and read all the data about it. I put the CD in my shopping basket and triumphant with my success I ventured off in search of others. By jove, this is great I said to myself as I found a CD of Joe Brown (UK 1960s singer). No problems looking for obscure music, if it's there you can locate it quite easy. So, having got all I wanted in the basket I went to the checkout and after filling in a few on line forms and entering my CC details on a secure area my shopping was completed. Ahhh thought I, what if the goods don't arrive? No worries, in no more than three days they were delivered by mail to my door. Fantastic! no car parking fees in the city, no driving into town and getting crushed in queues, no wasted time at all. I was left wondering why I hadn't done this long ago, all from the comfort of my armchair at home (I have a laptop you see) Nowdays I buy all my CD this way, Oh it's cheaper too, another bonus. I go on A.S. often now just for the fun of it too see what music is available, you know, try to look for an oldie to try catch em out. Trouble is that you will come across loads of CDs you want and it's hard to resist the shopping trolley If you have any doubts
about Audio Street then forget them. I can assure you they are splendid. PS Next time I might try shopping for weekly goods at Tesco, MAYBEEEEEEEE
I have used audiostreet.com for over a couple of years now, and I have to say it’s consistently good. In that time I have had only one problem with a CD which ran out of stock and took which audiostreet a few weeks to supply. Apart from that instance the CDs have generally arrived within a couple of days and undamaged. The packaging over the CD is easy to open and the cover is never damaged. Another good point for buying from Audiostreet is that it includes free delivery and VAT in their price structure this makes the price you see on the site is the price you pay and this makes it open and easy to compare prices. Compared to sites like HMV, Virgin and all the high-street brands, Audiostreet are definitely streets ahead in all aspects. I find it has a good dance section which are 99% of my purchases but I do look at the world music, which there is a good selection of but not of mainstream music that you would find in a Spanish music store etc. Not all the tracks are sampled for listening to but probably the better choice tracks are. I must use this site a lot as I have collected enough loyalty points to receive a £5 discount off my purchases on quite a few occurances. I think this is due to the fact that I find purchasing very easy with them. Th Ezy-Buy one click purchase system is good, as I hate writing the credit card details down over and over again like with some sites. In all this is a very user-friendly site to use, but now Kingfisher has bought them out I have found they have increased their margins, and now insist on a £1 charge.
I do like to improve my vast CD collection. It's a bad habit, i know, but at least online music shops give me a hand here and there. That's where i get cheap CD's, right? Well, that price looks good. Hmmm. Think i'll get that. I'm sorry, HOW much for postage? Here's where audiostreet are very nice people. It's a mere £1 for postage-for any number of items. Plus a good amount of the items are discounted- unlike amazon, where most items are discounted but there's a hefty postage charge. Ordering from them is fairly simple- although watch out for the Ezy-buy service- it stores your payment details as well as your shipping details, and makes it far too easy for people like me to one-click order a CD or seven! The items i've ordered from them have always arrived very quickly- within 2 working days, and i've never had any problems with them. As a bonus they're well packaged, so your precious little piece of musical joy won't be damaged in the post. There's good information given on most products, including customer reviews- which you can write yourself, for money off CD's. You're not limited to searching by just artist or title either- You can search for a key word-very useful. Audiostreet is a lovely cheaper alternative to the major online music stores such as HMV,although you may find that the range isnt quite as big. Oh well... you can't have it ALL.......
A huge selection to choose from, covering each and every style of music and all at graet prices! Recently though, they have started to charge a flat fee of £1 as a delivery charge, however, there are still significant savings on the high street! The site is well designed and easy to navigate, and includes many features, reviews and interviews on featured artists, aswell as the basic store. There is detailed information and track samples for most titles and buyers are invite to offer their opinions, in a similar vain to DooYoo for the reward of loyalty points. I have ordered from this site many times in the past and have found delivery to be prompt, security to be guaranteed and service and support to be second to none. Audiostreet is a branch of Infront, one of Britains biggest online traders and is part of a network of sites including DVDstreet and Alphabetstreet. Infront is owned by the Kingfisher Group, the company behind Woolworths, so you can place your trust fully with Audiostreet. Highly reccommended.
I am a recent convert to online shopping, and the reason was Audiostreet. I had been searching my local record stores for a couple of CD's one Saturday, but my luck was out, nowhere to be found. One of the shop assistants suggested I try online, and gave me a couple of sites to try, one of which was Audiostreet. So I wandered home, a little dejected, so thought I may as well give it a try. I created myself an account on Audiostreet in just a few minutes. It was simplicity itself. I searched for my CD's and within seconds it had found them, with details of track listings, reviews and audio snippets. They were cheaper than I thought, and were in stock. Wow, I thought to myself, this is fun, so I looked for some more obscure titles I'd given up hope on. 3 days later there was a knock at my door and my parcel of 9 CD's had arrived. They make the whole process so simple, the prices are very competitive, no P & P charges, prompt deleivery and regular updates on where your package is. I would recommend them above all others, not only were they my first, but they were also the best, by a street!!
After having bought my first CD on-line a few years ago, I very rarely buy them in normal shops any more. Of all the internet shops that I have used, Audiostreet is one of the most professionally laid-out and is a pleasure to use. However, the site designers have to be paid somehow, and this is reflected in the price of some of the CD's - especially more recent ones, with some prices close to those in the high-street. Having said that, they occasionally have some excellent special offers on older stuff (like their current offer £9.99 for a selection of double CD's), and I usually use the site to get a general feel for the CD using their Realplayer track samples and short reviews, even if I don't eventually buy the CD from them. Of particular note is their loyalty program, which is slightly unusual for this type of site, which gives you money off either CD's or Books,DVD's and computer games at their sister sites - alphabetstreet, DVDstreet and gamesstreet. You can gain points by writing Dooyoo-esque reviews, inviting friends and buying CD/book's etc from their sites. This can mount up quite quickly, especially if you buy a lot of music. Overall, an excellent site, but check using a price comparison site (eg kelkoo) to see if you can't get a better deal elsewhere first.
This is one little gem - this site has to be the best looking site offering music on line - with three uncluttered columns showing you the customer some of the latest CD’s ideas. This site offers reviews for you to read about the CD in mind and offers you the chance to listen to some samples before you purchase- Great or what. The speed of delivery is second to none - the CD’s come in a matter of days which is great. Postage and packaging is FREE another great bonus ... They also offer some great value offers - like the other night a selection of CD’s for £5.99 what a bargain but they was only limited stock and for a limited time only. Although the CD’s are not the cheapest you can find online this site is worth checking out – do like me think long term- its works out cheaper.
I was talking to the gerbil the other day and he was telling me about how Audiostreet are offering people money off CDs and stuff when they contribute some short (between 400 and 800 characters - about 1 para) reviews on things that you've bought in the past. So I went for a look. No probs I thought. With the number of rubbishy music reviews I've written on music in the past, a bit of cut and paste and I'll be a CD millionaire!! Erm……wrong!! A good idea if you wanna risk it but they do say that as soon as you've submitted them, they become property of audiostreet. So basically, that ruined my plan a little. 400 characters is actually hardly anything though really so starting from scratch is no problem for the unlazy types out there. I've submitted about 5 but have not yet heard anything. Their rules are quite strict and you really have to keep it short and to the point (Yeah I know…..so why am I bothering with it right?!). They give you 5 loyalty points for each one that they accept, and once you've collected 25, you can use them. These 25 points will save you £5 on your next purchase. You can only write up to 3 a day though but there is also a total number of reviews (they don't tell you what it is until you reach it) which you cannot pass. They reckon that they'll contact you within a week with news concerning your short reviews and whether they've been accepted or not. So if you save up your points (there are other ways too but I'll explain those later) then you'll be getting some very good little deals. That’s not to say you won't be getting a good deal if you don't want to waste your time writing!! Their prices will rival many other online music shops. They kind of come somewhere in between Amazon and Play247 for prices. Last week I bought an album by 'Lifehouse' (all Matchbox Twenty fans must buy their stuff!!) for a very reasonable £10.99. And that was inc
luding postage (which is actually free on all UK orders) and VAT. Their top 10 albums seem to average about £11.99 though. The nicely printed receipt that came with it stated that it had been dispatched on the same day that I ordered it, and it reached my shack 2 days later. It may have only taken 1 at Amazon but I saved about £3 by getting it from here. And Play247 would probably have taken another 1 day on top of that (from my experiences anyway - I know some people find them very fast). I was quite surprised when the package popped through the door because it was sooo small. "Is my nice little CD gonna be ok in there", I thought << I rushed over with bandages and a damp cloth >> It was though. The Amazon packaging is much larger and stronger looking, but this one was a suprisingly pumped little brut with some of the strongest braces I'd ever seen. I ended up having to rip it to pieces (followed by an hour of prayer to the cardboard Gods), but at least my CD was ok. As for the site itself, I'm kind of a bit disappointed. I'll start with my moans and then I'll get on to some of the good stuff. Its nothing compared to Amazon really!! I do spend a lot of time online and am getting used to using these sorts of sites but I think everything (the writing) is just too small!! There is a lot crammed on to some of the pages and for a few hours I didn't even find the HOME button (ok, ok its easy really but I missed it COS ITS SOOOO SMALL - it's in an obvious place though really at the very top of the page!!) which eventually came in very useful when I did. So NAVIGATION is my problem number 1. Problem 2: When they show you the results of your searches, no prices are shown until you either click BUY or MORE INFO. I would sometimes like to just browse quickly through these things trying to compare prices. I'm less interested in the cover photo (which they show you) than the price. Jus
t give it to me you people!! Problemo 3ree: I'm being very picky but they have a nice looking little feature that allows you to search for SIMILAR matches to a certain album that you click on. When trying it out though, I got absolutely NOTHING at all like what I was looking for. A thing that compared them to similar artists like MP3.COM would be BRILLIANT, and that’s what I think this one is supposed to be……but it doesn't work!! I've occasionally had a few problems with logging in to my account. It just comes up with a 'page can't be displayed' thingy. But that's it, last of the problems. _______________________________ OK, so on to the good things and the reasons behind my recommendation that you DO visit the site: From what I've found, their range of music is VERY good. I tested out their nice little search device with some of the least well known punk bands I could think of. To my surprise, quite a few of them came out with positive results (and I know some very very ve……ry strange ones!!). Even from some of the most obscure bands, I found that audiostreet have a good stock of both new and old albums, all of which are presented nicely with cover photos, release dates etc. (….but no price < tut >), and then from there, the EXTRA info bit gives you track listings and audio clips. Audio clips are some of my favourite things from online music retailers!! Allowing you to listen to tracks (usually the first 5) allows you to make buying decisions, as well as sometimes find new fave bands that you'd not heard of before. It works on Real-Audio (I think - I've found that I can play some, but not others). The quality isn't bad and you get about 30 seconds of music on each one. The searches can be done by checking under Artist, Album etc. and none of it's too complicated. Instead of just giving you the thing you ask for
, you're handed a list of possibly thousands of possibilities. Its ok though really cos if you know what you're after, its USUALLY at the top. I like the way that they have a different top 10 for each genre of music. On the home page there is an overall top 10, and the others are off in their own categories. The chances of me ever buying anything from the are extremely slim, but for the more normal people of the world, I can imagine them being quite helpful sometimes. I mentioned earlier that there were other ways of earning loyalty points. Those are: ~~ INVITING FRIENDS: They're willing to give you 25 points if you do manage to get a friend to order anything from them. A system similar to Amazon. ~~ It's hardly worth worrying about really cos it'll take you so long to get there but: after 10 orders they'll give you 15 points, at 20 they'll give you another 20 and at 40 orders they'll give you another 50 (£10). 40 orders though?! If the CDs average £11.99, you'll have to spend nearly £480 to get there!!! YO YO YO wake up!! At the top of the screen you'll also find links to the other sections (Alphabetstreet, Gamesstreet, DVDstreet and Videostreet) of the 'STREET' online ring. These are all of similar design and content so why not visit them all?!). The site is fast which I like!! It redeems itself a little bit more there. The blue colour scheme is pretty much ok and as I said, if it wasn't for the small writing, the design of the site would be very good. Matched with their first class prices and 1½st class prices, I'm glad I paid them a visit.
This is the best website on the internet to purchase CD's from. There are other sections on the site too DVDstreet, Alphabetstreet (books), Gamestreet, and the new videostreet. There is a part on the top you can click on called Xchange where you get CD's from other people cheaper if they have the CD you want. You can buy CD's before their release date too. What I love about this site is if you review a CD and it's accepted you can get free CD's 25pts(£5 off) 50pts(£10 off) 75pts(£15 off)etc. I have gotten a lot of CD's free from doing this and think it's a good idea. There is free delivery in the UK
I have recently started buying my CDs from streets online, at audiostreet.co.uk. I enjoy visiting the site, even if I'm not buying, due to all the information on the albums - it's even better than going to your high street record shop! It's my favourite site for buying CDs online, mainly because: 1. It actually stocks the kind of music I want to buy. Obviously, that's a pretty essential point! 2. It's cheap in comparison to other similar sites. It's not cheaper for chart CDs, generally, but it's still not bad value. Postage and packing is included in the price, something that's always worth bearing in mind, as it can really hike up the price. And it's easy to pay using their EzyBuy facility, which means that you don't need to key in your credit card details every time you order. 3. Delivery seems to be very good - all CDs arrived in undamaged condition, within 2 days. 4. There's a loyalty scheme, where you get points, which go towards a discount on your next order. But the main consideration, for me, is the excellent range of CDs in stock. Let's take a typical order of mine: Ruben Gonzalez - Canchullo Sparks - Sparks / A woofer in tweeter's clothing Various Artists - Shoo be doo be doo wop One of these (Ruben Gonzalez) I could have got virtually anywhere, and could possibly even have managed to find a better price than the 10.99 I paid for it via streets online. Sometimes I buy more popular, or chart CDs, from cdnow.com, which I have used a lot in the past, and will continue to use, for this kind of, more easily available, album. The other 2 albums, are not totally obscure, but not your run of the mill stuff either. Streets online has, for me, an excellent range There are plenty of other good sites, and Amazon.com, for example, also has a wide range, but they only stock 1 of the titles from this particular order (Ruben Gonzalez)
. Cdnow.com appears to stock them all, incidentally, but they weren't quite as cheap as streets online. Depending on what kind of music you want to buy, audiostreet may or may not suit you. But it suits me perfectly. There are pictures of album covers, and track listings, to help you identify the album you really want. They are not always provided, but are available for a surprising number of releases, old and new. In some cases there are also sound files, so that you can listen to extracts of some of the tracks - especially useful if you want to compare versions, or identify things like live recordings - again, it all helps you to make sure you're buying what you really want. I find the site easy to use. You need to register, and log in, which enables you to access your order details, customer details, and check on your loyalty points. It all feels pretty secure, too. Searching for CDs can be by Artist or title - because you can only put one of these you sometimes get swamped by 'hits', but usually the items you're really looking for come at the top of the listing. Overall, I've been highly impressed. http://www.audiostreet.infront.co.uk/
There are so many online music sites where you can buy bargain CD’s, so when a close friend informed me she had bought three ‘top’ CD’s for £15 I was impressed. So, I visited this site not really knowing what to expect. First impressions were good it had a good selection and the prices did seem reasonable. It had all the top ten albums, singles and there was a good range of music to chose from. There was quite a lot of new music, which is in the charts or has been. The site looked well organised and it offered some good offers, like some CD’s for £5.99. I have been told by my friend that they have an offer quite regularly so it’s worth checking out the site from time to time. There’s also some good discounts available for new members when you sign up to newsletter called ‘Informers’. But, like anything be careful and read the small print. I didn’t order anything but my friend said deliver was excellent, it took for her CD’s to arrive less than 3 days, which isn’t bad going. Security is good on the site, and my friend doesn’t seem to have any problem with using her credit card and she has ordered from the site a couple of times. I like the design of the site, it looks very good. It has a good selection of rock, indie, pop, dance and many more albums. The lay-out of the site enables you to browse the site easily. The good thing is that prices you see are the prices you get, which include VAT and free delivery. The site is really good and interactive, allowing you to do a CD search, read the music news, and check the new releases. The search engine is good and will save you time as it tells you straight away whether they stock the albums by that artist. This site is very clever looking and if looks are anything to go by should do well.
Audiostreet, part of the StreetsOnline shopping network, is accessed at www.audiostreet.co.uk for British buyers. Specialising in Music CDs, Audiostreet instantly appealed to me several months ago. After reading some of the recommendations here on dooyoo on the very same topic, I decided to at least visit to site to see what all the fuss was about. The page loaded up, and instantly I was most impressed. The homepage of the store is very well designed - a useful "control panel" lies at the very top of the page, where existing orders can be checked, a obligatory search engine for the contents of the site; as well as various other links and features. However, at around the same time as this; I had just purchased my first of many goods from Amazon, and was instantly delighted by their service - delivery was very good; stock was good - shame about the postage costs, but I figured this would be hard to avoid. So, as the old saying goes; if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I therefore applied this to my history with Amazon and stuck by them over the festive period and beyond, each time delighted with the service and comparable costs I received. Add to this the possibility of store credit from dooyoo vouchers - why would I want to try anywhere else? But then, on a pre-order, I experienced my first glitch with Amazon (read my opinion on Amazon.co.uk for more), but suddenly, Amazon's image had been ever so slightly tainted and I realised that yes, maybe I could get better somewhere else, even though the saying "biggest is best" certainly, at the time, did apply, unquestionably, to Amazon. But, time and time again, I had heard nothing but good verdicts on Audiostreet. So, for months, I almost surveyed the site, searching for products on both Amazon and Audiostreet, comparing prices, reviews etc. Over a period of time, it became clear to me that Audiostreet had vastly more stock
than Amazon. They cover every aspect of music, and almost certainly have what you are looking for; bundled with useful customer comments, tracklistings and other information. I then noticed that delivery was free with Audiostreet - free? Surely not, I thought. But reading more opinions on dooyoo, this fact was re-iterated - even though in some cases, prices were oh-so slightly more than Amazon, without postage costs, I would save myself a good few pounds each purchase. So when I found the product I was looking for on Audiostreet and not Amazon (for those interested, Blink 182's first album, 1995' "Cheshire Cat"), I figured that with all the plus points surrounding it, Audiostreet could well be worth a go. I knew that they were a fairly big company anyway, and that they were UK based, so the fear of being ripped off were greatly reduced. On a side note, continuing my recent OTT album-buying spree, (around 10 in 2 months!), I decided to join up to Audiostreet and fork out the reasonable, all inclusive price of £14.99 for an increasingly-rare album. Ordered on a Saturday evening, my purchased was created and dispatched on the same day - waking up on Tuesday morning, there was the compact little parcel on my doormat. Delighted with the service, I quickly scoured the package for flaws. There were none - the actual cardboard "envelope" was on a par with those used by Amazon, if not better in fact. Inside, there was my receipt; with the delightful image of a cheshire cat looking up to me through a bonus layer of protective plastic film, all in pristine condition. As of writing this, this has been my only purchase from the site, but judging by this experience - there will be many more. Excellent service - www.audiostreet.co.uk
I've shopped online many a times, but for CDs and DVDs, I have found that the streetsonline stores (they sell books, CDs and DVDs) are by far the best. The websites are really easy to use and informative, the price you see is what you get (so you don't have to go through most of the ordering process just to find out how much it will all cost including P&P), delivery is free, and the best thing is that the items you order arrive separately, even if you order them together, which means they fit through the letterbox! This is great as I work Monday to Fridays, and a lot of companies only send you stuff during those days, office hours, which means I usually have to pick up my own parcel at the post office. One last thing:- I wanted to buy a CD which cost £10.99 from Amazon, but £13.99 from Audiostreet. However, when I added it to the rest of my order in Amazon, the total had shot up an extra £7 odd! Don't ask me how, I don't quite understand it, even though my maths isn't that bad! So although it looked cheaper in Amazon, I was better off buying it from Audiostreet, which I did (and received 3 days later even though it was out of stock).