Online shopping for music

Are there any good reliable online sources to purchase music from. I'm not interested in the mainly audiophile sources such as Music Direct. I buy from Amazon quite a bit as they have most everything I want but sometimes the wait is very long. My last order will take 2 months for them to ship. Tower is gone. Any good sources?

Well if you are not looking for hard to find rare discs or the just released yesterday, I would recommend Customer service can be slow, but they do respond. I have bought a lot of music here.
I frequently use It's usually quick, depending on the seller (feedback) and selection is good. For obscure music try cdbaby. Very fast and they are good for experimentation. Also check the archives as this question's been asked several times.
I second All new CDs for $6.99 and free shipping. Much cheaper than i-tunes! I get a lot of music there.


Tower is not gone ... for mail order, anyways. Still alive and well, free shipping, decent enough, if not the best prices.

Regards, Rich
the things that generally take forever on amazon will take forever anywhere, unless you luck out on ebay. try the amazon zshops as well.

Try for cd and dvd shopping with free shipping... and they're quick about it too.

Enjoy the music,
Jeff is consistently inexpensive and is fine if you don't mind the rather modest selection. seems to have a much greater selection but is much more variable for prices. Both Overstock & Amazon also have lots more selections than YourMusic. I've actually quit YourMusic recently because of that lack of selection (and will pick up a bunch more @ DeepDiscount now). It all does depend on what you're looking for, so it's definitely YMMV. not only had a weak selection. The few titles they offered that were not big sellers and available at Walmart in Podunk Iowa would get pulled from their inventory ALOT. My monthly queue selection was yanked at least 7 times in one year.
The people at Wayside Music and Squidco are deeply into music that isn't stale and generic. Both have bargain bins and Squidco doesn't have any shipping charges in the U.S.
For classical: ArkivMusic. They have an unsurpassed selection. It's also an easy site for looking up recordings by performer, composer, conductor, or label. Not the lowest prices, but when you can't find it anywhere else, chances are they'll have it. Great customer service. Get on the email list to be informed of sales—it's the time to buy for competitive prices.
you can also try BetterRecords and AcousticSounds, more mainstream on the order of MusicDirect although Betterrecords is a good spot for one off's.
Heard good things about CD Baby, lots of inde artists too

Shopping online is very convenient. You don't waste time on the road. You can buy any item while at home. Including toddler boy pants. After all, not always a small child likes to go shopping. With the help of the Internet, you can order any quality item.

Pop Market

Plaid Room Records


There are literally dozens of places you can buy music online.  Many cater to a specific type of listener, so knowing your listening preferences would help.

Depends what you're looking for... vinyl? CDs?  Genres? 

I buy Jazz, Classic Rock, Current Americana, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Newgrass CDs from:



discogs (some new but mostly used)


Amazon Marketplace (last resort)

(All of the above also sell vinyl)


There are also specialty shops that cater to particular genres.


Personally, I've found shipping speeds to be highly unpredictable.