10 Best Sources To Download Lossless Music

VOX music player is the one that stands out of the crowd when we talk about the playback of the lossless music. But when it comes to the lossless music itself, where do you get it?

We have decided to browse the web thoroughly and list the sources where you can get your favorite music tracks in lossless formats. Here we go with our pick of the best 10.

1. HDtracks

Formats: FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV
Random Artists: David Bowie, Madonna, El Cortesano, Maroon 5, Enya
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $12.98–$41.08

Get 15% off for purchasing music on HDtracks with “VOXHD15″ promo code. One time use per customer. The code expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Just by typing in Google Search bar “hd tracks” you get HDtracks.com as the top result. That is not only due to the service’s marketing achievement, but also the longtime presence on the market.

HDtracks was launched in 2008. In general, the service is the one any audiophile probably should already know well. It has tens of thousands of hi-res albums, tracks are not sold separately. Low-res albums are also available. The company ensures that all files sold on its site are true to the formats they are listed by on the site.

The service does not only offer the division by genres. It collects music into the categories like “Classic 100 Rock”, “British Invasion”, “Top Hi-Res Female Vocalists”, “Audiophile Picks”, “Best Contemporary Pop Artists” and others. It’s possible to browse the songs by the recording labels too.

HDtracks accepts Visa, American Express, Mastercard and PayPal.

2. ProStudioMasters

Formats: FLAC, AIFF, DSF/DSD
Random Artists: The Weeknd, Lionel Richie, Amy Winehouse, Don Henley
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $6.99–$74.99

Get 20% off for purchasing music on ProStudioMasters with “VOX20″ promo code.

ProStudioMasters positions itself as a premium hi-res online music store, available for residents of the United States and Canada. It sells music in albums provided directly by the major independent record labels (ProStudioMasters claims), not the media transfers. This can be a solid guarantee for the users that they are purchasing original products of high value.

ProStudioMasters offers music in uncompressed AIFF and FLAC formats without Digital Rights Management. Prices vary greatly as well as the range of different discounts. The ProStudioMasters website offers the music division by genres such as Alternative, Blues, Classical, Country, Francophone, Holiday, Jazz, Pop, R&B/Soul, and others.

In the Top Sellers bar, one can discover many albums on sale with up to 30% discount.

3. 7digital

Formats: FLAC, M4A, MP3
Random Artists: Kurt Cobain, Little Mix, Miike Snow, Sia, Eric Church, Ciara
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $9.99–$24.99

7digital is available in a wide range of countries, but one can shop by choosing “worldwide” as the location too. It is possible to buy whole albums as well as separate tracks for up to $1.99 per track.

The collection of music 7digital holds quite modernized, considering there are many hit tracks from Billboard, for instance. One can find such performers as Justin Bieber or Sia here. There are lots of “old school” tracks too.

The content is categorized into the “New Albums”, “New Tracks”, “Deals of the Week”, and “Hi-Res/FLAC” tabs. There is also the section with the interviews of different artists. One can also find the top picks of the year in “Best of 2015 so far” and “Best of 2014” lists.

Credit cards (including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Maestro) as well as PayPal are accepted by 7digital.

4. Bleep

Formats: FLAC, MP3, WAV (also nondigital Vinyl, CD, Cassette)
Random Artists: Gaika, Herva, SPR, Slam, Jean Nipon, Lotic
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $11.99–$14.99

There are all types of music formats that Bleep sells. It even has vinyls and cassettes to offer to the audiophiles with the most exquisite music preferences. We, however, are much more interested in something more flexible, something we can load on a music player on Mac, for instance, and take with us on a plane or to the gym.

Bleep sells tracks both in albums and separately. The price for a FLAC track can go up to $1.99. One can find all sorts of categories that music is devised by on Bleep.

At the top of the website all available formats are showcased. There is also a tab that leads to the genres of music available on Bleep. The club-goers and those keen on electronic music in general, will find themselves interested in a huge range of dubstep, bass, techno, house, disco.

Bleep accepts credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, and Switch), Paypal and SMS payment as forms of payment.

5. Zunior

Formats: MP3, FLAC (also nondigital CD)
Random Artists: Elliot Brood, Cowlick, Whitehorse, Wintersleep
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $10.88

Zunior is the online seller of hi-res and low-res music based in Canada. It’s been on the market since 2004, so for Canadians it might be even a question of patriotism whether to buy from Zunior or not.

For anyone else Zunior can also be another competitive service that offers pretty good deals, selling FLAC albums with complete artwork, unrestricted and without DRM.

All albums on Zunior are available for $8.88 as high-quality MP3. It is also possible to pay an extra $2.00 and get your music in FLAC. You can pay for your downloads via VISA and Mastercard. Another obvious option is PayPal.

6. Boomkat

Formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV (also nondigital CD and Vinyl)
Random Artists: Vision Heat, Heather Leigh, Sneaker, Ellen Fullman
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: ~$4.44-$13.53

Boomkat is a handy online seller of high-quality music from the U.K. It used to be just a small offline record shop in Manchester back in 1998. The service has been online since 2002, selling vinyls, CDs, cassettes and hi-res digital tracks to over 100 countries.

Boomkat may not store a huge diversity of tracks starting with Drake and ending with London Symphony Orchestra. Instead, it’s more of an aggregator of commonly overlooked artists and their work. There are more well-known works to choose from as well.

Its music directory can be easily navigated through the convenient filter by format, status, date added and genre.

Boomkat supports Visa, Delta, Maestro, Mastercard, Solo, British issued Electron cards, as well as payments via Paypal.

7. Addictech

Formats: MP3, FLAC, WAV
Random Artists: Dreazz, Janaka Selekta, Mouldy Soul, Neuropol, Tribone
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $3.00-$10.50

Addictech is a source of both hi-res and low-res electronic music. Its cover image on Facebook page says “Music is the drug”. So apparently, it is so in fact for the customers of this U.S.-based service.

Addictech sorts the music due to a variety of genres and the dates of the releases. It also provides its own top 10 Chart, the list of the recommended tracks, and the Pre-Sales category.

It also has a section with the free tracks. Prices for FLACs are relatively low on Addictech. The fans of the country music won’t find it a fascinating place to shop for FLACs, though.

Credit cards and PayPal payments are accepted on Addictech.

8. Merge Records

Formats: MP3, FLAC (also nondigital Vinyl and CD)
Random Artists: Benji Hughes, Poison Season, Turkey, HeCTA
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $3.49-$27.99

Merge Records started out as a record label. In 2014 it celebrated its 25th birthday. Throughout its rather long history, the company remained strict about its music standards. Now those standards make up the high quality of music that is being sold on the website.

The website itself is a blend of the shop and the label’s presentation. It’s possible to find the lists of the new albums releases, the tours, the artists.

Merge Records also has an attractive holiday offer right now. Once you make a purchase for over $50, you get 20% off the total price with MERRYMERGE coupon. We just thought that you would like to know.

The store only accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards.

9. Djshop

Formats: MP3, WAV, MP4, FLAC (also nondigital Vinyl and CD)
Random Artists: Mike Newman, MOONBOOTICA, David Guetta
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $13.99

Djshop’s name says pretty much a lot for itself. The service offers a whole bunch of high-quality content that DJs and well, club-goers, enjoy. A lot on its website is in German, but it is possible to get around without being a fluent German speaker.

There is a big range of underground, black, rock, pop, and other DJ compilations. Real DJ charts make another huge asset for the service. FLAC music is sold not only in albums, but as separate tracks too for about $1.49 per track.

The essential part of the service is the vinyl store. There is a huge selection of vinyls for those who crave to be unique and consume premium class music.

The service accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

10. MusicZeit

Formats: MP3, FLAC
Random Artists: Scattered Thoughts, Hall of Memory, Cloudsurfing
*Most common price range per album in lossless format: $11.24–$12.99

MusicZeit is the U.K.-based online seller of low-res and hi-res full albums only without DRM. It provides extended artworks within the albums and there is no possibility to purchase tracks separately.

One great thing about this service is that there is usually one, and often several, high-quality track samples for each album. This way the user can try out the quality of what he is about to pay for.

It’s also important to know that the service does not support PayPal and likewise payment methods amid the major credit and debit card services accepted by Sage Pay.

So this is our pick of the 10 best sources to download lossless music. Do you have anything else on your mind? Any service you think deserves the spot or you just enjoy using it, so you would like to mention it to our followers?
Go ahead! Feel free to submit your responses below. We’ll be glad to hear your thoughts.

Stay tuned for more reads from VOX!

*Prices listed in this post correspond to the random selection of the prices each service provided for various albums as seen on Nov. 24, 2015. They are a subject to raise or decrease due to the companies’ decisions. The presented lows and highs might not be the lowest or the highest variants the websites offer.
Continue readingNov 26th 2015

GET FLAC ON CARPLAY

Miss the lossless playback while driving? Get VOX on CarPlay now!

For the fans of lossless music, something worth getting a car with the CarPlay built in the car’s native infotainment system has arrived.

VOX becomes the only music player so far that plays lossless on CarPlay.

As any Apple’s product CarPlay has iTunes pre-installed in it. We know, however, many seek the alternatives.

If you are the lucky owner of Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Jeep and other fancy cars you can get an exquisite music experience listening to lossless through VOX on CarPlay.

Safety First

After you pair iPhone with your CarPlay, the already familiar VOX app pops up on the car’s display and you can start navigating through your music library.

No need to use iPhone. Just get to your favorite tracks on the car’s display through swiping or poking on the touchscreen. Keep driving safely.

What’s More?

With VOX in your CarPlay you get so much more than the regular music library built in iTunes. More than 3500 radio stations, the SoundCloud and the YouTube playlists are also on the display.

And.. Guess what? You can also access your music on Loop, VOX’s unlimited online music storage.

Download VOX on iTunes now if you want to get the full power of lossless sound in your car.

Continue readingNov 13th 2015

Lossless music online&offline

Listening to Hi-Res audio is like watching HD video.

After watching in HD format once, you will never switch to lousy 240p. True audiophiles know the difference is the same with listening to lossless and lossy music.

But how can you get the heavenly quality of lossless music?  Two ways are on the plate:

- get the audio hardware that doesn’t mess up the playback
- find the medium that enables you to listen lossless music

The first one is not that hard to get if you’ve got money, but with the second one – the struggle is real.

These days we can listen to lossless through fancy music streaming services. They all are paid services with the trial periods. Those are like honeymoons, but the daily routine comes (or the bill, to be exact).

TIDAL

After bumping into the recently acquired by Jay Z TIDAL you fall in love with its beautiful design, a library of 25 million songs and the exclusive music videos.

Sounds cool, but let’s dig deeper. Its monthly subscription for Hi-Res playback is $19.99. So this is a price for a good meal at, let’s say Longhorn Steakhouse. You’ll be skipping it from now on.

Another drawback is that TIDAL doesn’t offer music downloads for purchase. You cannot take those 25 million songs with you to the Grand Canyon or the woods in Washington. Not happening.

On the part of the exclusive music videos, that’s where TIDAL is pretty unique. But if you are not that much visual and audio is the subject of your primary search, you might want to re-think your choice of the music streaming service.

Deezer

Deezer is also a Hi-Res music streaming service. It tops the TIDAL’s library with 45 million songs. Those are, again, available online for about $15 monthly.

One awesome thing Deezer is original at - it works with the premium quality audio hardware – the SONOS systems. If you are not using those, however, there is not much you can get from this advantage.

Qobuz

With Qobuz, you might finally find yourself happy.
It offers online streaming for about $15 monthly as well as music purchasing for up to $3 per track. Much of the music it sells is French, which can be explained with the company’s origin.

But when you finally download something on Qobuz, what do you use to listen to it? iTunes? Not good for lossless.

VOX+Loop

That’s why, so selfishly of us, we like VOX.
VOX is a FREE offline music player that keeps the playback of lossless audio files lossless. No compression. It’s available on Mac and iPhone.

Although, VOX would be boring without Loop. Loop, the unlimited cloud-based music storage, is integrated into VOX. You can upload all your music from the Mac or iPhone (regular iTunes library) right into the Loop. To check the price for Loop ckick here.
Loop also doesn’t compress the files, so FLACs stay FLACs in Loop. If you cache your music from Loop in VOX, you can listen to it offline, also in lossless format. Now how cool is that?

SoundCloud lovers can easily connect their account with the VOX player. This way if the audio files you were listening to on SoundCloud, are in FLAC format, VOX will play them in FLAC too without messing up the quality.

The last great thing we absolutely adore about VOX lately – YouTube music streaming. You cannot cache YouTube content, but as long as you are online, you can enjoy your favorite music from YouTube on VOX while on the go.

Why pay extra for online streaming? Why pay for the cloud storages that worsen the quality of the already pricey Hi-Res music? Why stick to your laptop, when you can be free with VOX?

Try it out yourself by downloading on the AppStore.

No need to say “Thanks”.

It’s just our job ;)

Continue readingNov 12th 2015

Play Lossless with Sonos via VOX! 


Hey there!

We’ve not been gabby enough the past few weeks, so we want to show you a quick tip on how to play FLAC with VOX on Sonos.

How to make it work? 
That’s as simple as snow :) Just make sure to enable AirPlay on your Mac or iPhone and select your Sonos from there.

What about an AirPort Express?
You can also pick up an Apple AirPort Express router, which works with Play:5, Connect, or Connect Amp. Just plug the Play:5, Connect, or Connect Amp into the AirPort Express with a standard RCA audio cable and then Airplay with VOX to the AirPort Express the way you would any other audio content.

So, how do I use AirPlay?
Easily, you can also do it with Control Center on iOS:

1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel to bring up Control Center;
2. Tap the AirPlay button, middle right;
3. Tap on the source you want to AirPlay to;
4. Start playback in VOX Music Player for Lossless library and SoundCloud.

And for Mac OS X:

1. Click on the AirPlay icon in the top right.
2. Select the source to which you want to AirPlay.
3. Start playback and enjoy your music via VOX Music Player for your Flac collections and Soundcloud Streaming!

Anything else I can try? There’s AirSonos, but it requires a visit to GitHub and the Terminal. If that’s your thing, you may go ahead with that.

Fall in love with FLAC :)

Continue readingJul 24th 2015