Where Do You Get Your Music (Cheaply) These Days?
I'm interested in hearing from other folks as to options for finding roots music at low cost these days. I'm retired and my simple lifestyle lends itself to a simple cellphone (though my contract runs out in a few months and smartphone is an option). In addition, almost all of my listening is done when I am mobile (walking or reading in library). Right now my avenues include downloading MP3 selectively from iTunes, buying used CD's from Amazon or local shops for $4-6, stopping at flea markets and thrift shops for $1-2 to replace old vinyl, and old fashioned taping of great songs from public radio for use in Walkman (and donating during pledge drives of course). I realize that some of these options do not help the artists.
I raise this issue because it seems that every week there is a news article about new streaming and other music services options and I'm trying to figure out if I am missing something. For example, Google just announced that in addition to having its own streaming service, YouTube will be selling some videos and is working with record labels on audio download possibilities. I don't know if the audio option is just for songs generally released to public as part of a regular CD (studio or live) or whether it may also include audio from those great concert clips we all love. Also, there are already ways to transfer Youtube video and maybe audio to MP3 through third parties though I don't know how well these work.
Obviously one option is to spend more time listening on computer of through our Smart TV, though YouTube takes forever to download on TV. The one thing I have done right is to wait 25 years to replace my 70's vinyl at flea market prices. Fortunately, these classics are still worth listening to.