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New Release Tuesday…

 —  March 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

I like iTunes…all the music I buy I get digitally. I would go there every Tuesday and see what the latest releases were and maybe even make a purchase. Then I found that I could get the same music at Amazon.com for less money. I like spending less money. For instance I wanted the new (and last) David Crowder*Band release and it was $13.99 on iTunes but Amazon was running a sale on release day for $11.99. A few years ago Amazon had U2′s release “No Line On The Horizon” for around $3, iTunes was selling it for $10 and I saw it at Starbucks for around $15.

As much as I like iTunes and Amazon they are not the best at letting me know when music I like is coming out. Sure they have sections with what is coming out but nothing great. For this, I left iTunes and have been using a site called NEW RELEASE TUESDAY. They are pretty current and are full of information. Their niche is Christian music and they do a good job of keeping everything up-to-date.

Some features I really like are the FREE downloads and full album previews. I was listening to the David Crowder*Band’s new release “Church Music” a week before it was released. They added a few radio bumpers in the stream but it was not a big deal. I do find the site a bit busy, kind of cluttered and it is clear they are selling ads to keep the site up but I guess that is business. There are links to purchase CD’s from each artist and the prices are reasonable but I buy all my music via MP3 downloads. If you want a hard copy make sure you price shop this site against Amazon and Wal-Mart.

The site has some other cool features beyond what I listed, like a new release list and coming soon list that reaches several months out. There is a huge list of Christian artists with a links to their bio, twitter page (if they have one), headlines, upcoming events, and music videos. A lot of work has been put into this site.

The cool things:
Free Music
Album Previews
Artist Info
Release Dates
Links to Spotify play lists

The not so cool things:
Feels busy (too much going on)
Do not have digital downloads (buy MP3’s from Amazon)
I have never seen “Live Support” online (could just be me)

Brandon Early

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I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.

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