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Use the iTunes Music Store to upgrade older albums Apps
In the iTunes Music Store, I've browsed to see if certain albums are being listed (even though I already own the albums) in order to see how good the selection is. In doing this, I've discovered that several albums that I bought in years past have been re-released with additional tracks.

Without iTunes, in order to get these extra tracks I'd have to buy a whole new album. Instead I can just buy the new tracks on their own. So it may be worth your while to check out the iTunes Music Store to see if your favorite albums have been "upgraded." Example: One of the first CDs I bought in the late 80s was Tears For Fears' "Songs from the Big Chair." Back then, it was only eight tracks long. The current version has 15 tracks.
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Use the iTunes Music Store to upgrade older albums
Authored by: pascalpp on Aug 12, '03 10:17:23AM

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Unless you're a hardcore Tears for Fears fan, I wouldn't bother buying the bonus tracks on Songs From The Big Chair -- they're pretty dull, in my opinion! I think the album works better with the original eight tracks. :)
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Use the iTunes Music Store to upgrade older albums
Authored by: gcole on Aug 12, '03 01:14:11PM

Another thing to check is "greatest hits" albums. We already bought the original albums, and I'll be darned if I'm going to buy the same songs over again just to get a few new ones as well.

An example of this (just one of many, I'm certain) is Basia's "Clear Horizons - The Best of Basia." There are fully four tracks here that have not otherwise been released commercially in the US. ("Angels Blush," "Clear Horizon," "Go For You," "The Waters of March")



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Ignores remastering
Authored by: gibblehey on Aug 12, '03 01:28:51PM

While I understand the main purpose of this hint, it ignores the fact that these albums are ususally not just rereleased, but are also remastered. Of course, if you're happy with the quality of the original CD (and your rip of it) then it isn't an issue.



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Use the iTunes Music Store to upgrade older albums
Authored by: readparse on Aug 12, '03 03:08:48PM

Splitting hairs here, I realize... these are likely other additions of albums that are available. Like maybe the european release album or something. Or you might have gotten the shorter version before and you're now seeing the whole album.

I had a similar experience. I recently bought Elton John's <i>Here and There</i> live double album from the iTunes Music Store, even though I had already had a <i>Here and There</i> CD. The one I bought several years ago was not a double album. It had half of once concert and half of the other (this album is from two concerts, one in England and one in New York, hence the name).

So anyway, I agree that it's worth a look. It's probably really unusual that an album would be "upgraded" though... again, splitting hairs :)



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Use the iTunes Music Store to upgrade older albums
Authored by: raider on Aug 12, '03 06:29:15PM
It's probably really unusual that an album would be "upgraded" though...

Man, I have over 300 albums - and I have found many that have been upgraded. Either with whole new songs, or with songs from other albums or singles added on. Not to mention many have been remastered and sound much better.

But in the end - I am not sure this is an OSX hint... ;)

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