Music & Home Audio
Get the LOZO on how to listen to your favorite music for less. First be sure to review the general tips for saving money on Electronics, covering reviews, deals, coupons and more. Then check the very best strategies here for saving money on MP3s, CDs, and other downloadable music. Learn how to get a deal on an iPod, Zune, and other MP3 players. Build a home stereo system for less dough.
- Free music, videos & ebooks from Amazon
Amazon offers free digital items year-round, including e-books, MP3s and videos, and we recommend checking out their vast selection before you buy elsewhere. Some items require a special (free) software to download the items, but generally they come [...]
- Split up your purchases to maximize use of multiple coupons
Shoppers who have The LOZO know to always try to use coupons whenever they make a purchase. Some stores are quite stingy with the coupons they offer, so you're happy to get your hands on any of them. But some stores are known for frequently issuing [...]
- Negotiate for a lower Sirius or XM radio subscription rate
While the merger of Sirius and XM reduced some satellite radio competition, there's still a good chance of scoring a lower subscription rate just by asking (or threatening to cancel).
As an example, the XM Everything package is listed at [...]
- Listen to free music online
These days it's probably no surprise to anyone, but there are tons of ways to listen to free music online. However, you may not know all of the options that are out there, so we're here to give you a quick rundown.
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- Don't pay full price for iTunes
Although Apple will rarely put their own items on sale, other retailers who sell iTunes cards do. When you spot a sale, pick up a bunch of iTunes cards and you'll get more music for your bucks. Be wary of highly discounted iTunes cards on eBay as [...]
- Shop the specials
Remember the bargain bin in the old record shop? Well, whether you do or not, checking the modern day version of that is still a good way to save money on music. iTunes Store has a "Special Price" section, as do many of the other retailers who [...]
- Go MP3 not CD for basic listening
Buying MP3s at $1 or less per song is usually cheaper than buying CDs at $5-10 per disc. By investing in an MP3 player, you'll save money in the long run. Plus, you'll save space without all those CDs cluttering up your home.
- Check your local library
Libraries not only offer a variety of books, but also CDs and DVDs. Of course, what you'll be able to find will depend largely on the library, but this can be a great way to listen to music without having to pay for it.
- Comparison shop for systems…but don't ignore specialty shops
Comparison shopping is critical to saving money on any purchase. For home audio systems, however, be aware of your specific needs. For example, a big box retailer may offer the broadest range and best price, but a smaller audio specialist may [...]
- Shop around for songs
Just because iTunes is one of the main sellers of MP3s doesn't mean they're the only ticket in town. Shop around to see if you can find better deals elsewhere. Also, iTunes MP3s aren't yet DRM-free which can get a little annoying because it means [...]
- Buy albums instead of singles
Buying an entire MP3 album will give you a cheaper price per song than if you buy them individually, particularly if the album is on sale. It will vary from album to album, but you should be able to save 20 to 40 cents per song.
- If you only want a couple songs… buy them individually
If you only like one or two songs, there's no need to buy the whole album. One of the many benefits of buying MP3s is that you can cherry pick just your favorite songs. If you like all--or most--of the songs, however, it's cheaper to buy the entire [...]
- Digitize your CDs
By loading your CDs into your MP3 player (also known as "ripping"), you'll save yourself the cost of having to re-buy all those albums. This may be time consuming, but it's a great way to save money. Built in software on your computer should do [...]
- Pay a monthly flat fee for unlimited music
Napster (now part of Best Buy), Rhapsody, eMusic and others all offer monthly subscriptions that give you access to their nearly unlimited music collections. They also offer limited time free trials so you can try out the service, get access to [...]
- Pull MP3s from videos
Lots of videos that are free online also have music you may want. Using free online tools like the Vixy.net and VidtoMP3.com you can actually grab the tracks from such videos and convert them to MP3s. It'll take a little tech savvy and a bit of [...]
- Invest in the right speakers for your needs
Understanding which speakers to invest in can save you money on a home audio system. If the system is used primarily for music, the majority of your speaker budget should go to the front left and right speakers which should be large enough to [...]
- Don’t hold your breath for iPod sales
Apple rarely, if ever, puts its new iPods on sale. You might get lucky around the holidays, but it's still a crap shoot. If you're looking for a deal on iPods, your best bets are to buy a slightly older model, buy a refurbished model or buy used.
- Buy reputable MP3 player brands
With MP3 players, brand names may cost more, but the cost guarantees a quality product. Saving money on a super cheap MP3 player may sound good at the time, but if it works poorly or quickly breaks down, it's not much of a savings. You're better [...]
- Skip the screen, lower the cost
LCD screens are expensive to manufacture and can cause an MP3 player to cost more. If you'll be watching movies or clips on your MP3 player, it's worth the cost. If it will be used solely for music, find an MP3 player without a screen to cut down [...]