Download Shopper lets you compare prices on digital music

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Maybe you don’t know Matt Brucker, but he's my hero. How did he become my hero? Simple: At the end of last month, I wrote a post about Wal-mart cutting MP3 prices. In it, I mused:

What with the recent proliferation in DRM-free music stores, I’m in the market for a good search engine that’ll scan them all and tell me the best deal.

As far as I knew, no such site existed. That is, until Matt Brucker created it. Matt’s site, Download Shopper, lets you search for an album, artist, or song, and then tells you how much it will cost to buy the music from iTunes, Amazon, and Wal-mart, complete with convenient links to their respective sites in order to purchase (it even denotes whether or not the music is available via iTunes’s DRM-free iTunes Plus initiative). There’s also a Hot Deals page, which lets you know which retailers are offering special prices on what music. Never get fleeced on exorbitant $0.99 digital download prices again!

The site’s still in beta, but Matt told me that he’s looking into adding other services, and also expanding to include e-books and downloadable videos, though that’s made tricky by the lack of standardization in those categories. But if you’re looking to snag the best deal on digital music (especially this holiday season), Download Shopper should definitely be on your list.

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