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Albums from iTunes

By Dave Menendez
Saturday, April 16, 2005, at 3:18 PM

Summary: Complete albums I have purchased through Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

Every so often, someone claims that the ability to buy (or otherwise acquire) songs individually on-line leads to people buying fewer complete albums. This may be true—I’ve certainly bought a few individual tracks off of albums I’m otherwise uninterested in. Nonetheless, the majority of the songs I’ve purchased through iTunes so far were bought as part of the complete album. Not so much because I believe that albums form a cohesive whole, although this may be true in some cases, but because Apple usually charges less for a complete album than for getting the same tracks individually.

Yes, I am at times a sucker for a bargain.

Anyway, I have, mostly for my own amusement and edification, compiled a list of complete albums I have purchased through Apple’s iTunes Music Store. In order, they are:

  1. Björk, Debut
  2. Nirvana, In Utero
  3. The Who, Who’s Next
  4. Talking Heads, Remain in Light
  5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps (EP)
  6. Soundgarden, Superunknown
  7. Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger
  8. Berliner Philharmoniker, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 & “Coriolan” Overture
  9. Franz Ferdinand
  10. Beastie Boys, To the 5 Boroughs
  11. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat
  12. Soundgarden, Down on the Upside
  13. Björk, Medulla
  14. Green Day, American Idiot
  15. Buffalo Daughter, Pshychic (EP)
  16. Massive Attack, Mezzanine
  17. Beck, Guero
  18. Queens of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze
  19. Garbage, Bleed Like Me

Not included are Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell, and Gorillaz, G Sides, because both are only available partially. (In the latter case, I might not have bought the entire album anyway, as I’m not usually interested in remixes.)