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Amazon and Google Music are outstanding resources for high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, and neither is shy about offering discounts. But before we even tune into today's top MP3s roundup (with singles and albums from the likes of Jay-Z, Madonna, and more) here's a gratis download of the indelible Oscar-winning track "Man or Muppet" from the 2011 smash hit The Muppets.
Is It Worth It?: We're old enough to remember when Nirvana's Bleach was a whispered insider tip touted by a better-informed pal. In five heady years Kurt Cobain went from underground rapscallion to Rolling Stone-certified saint. If you're familiar with the band's hits only, download Nirvana's Nevermind: Deluxe Edition MP3 Album for $3.99 and discover what an incredible album it is, first track to last. This Editors' Choice deal includes non-album, b-side tracks and several of their finest, including "Been a Son" and "Aneurysm." The Amazon MP3 Downloader is required.
Is It Worth It?: Lil Wayne's done it again, with Tha Carter IV, yet another trippy, bracing roller coaster of an album from the man who brought us, well, Tha Carter II and III. The fabulous roster of guests on this August 2011 release includes Busta Rhymes, Tech N9ne, Nas, and Rick Ross. Get the whole 15-track, DRM-free album from the Amazon MP3 Store for just a quarter.
Is It Worth It?: Amazon offers a crash course on essential artists with specially curated, DRM-free Best of and Greatest Hits albums. We're fans of Jay-Z's The Hits Collection Volume One Deluxe Edition (pictured) for just $3.99. And for more tunes, including Guns N' Roses and Elvis Presley, click here.
Is It Worth It?: The Amazon MP3 Store offers downloads of the NOW That's What I Call Music Vol. 41 MP3 Album for 25 cents. If you're feeling a bit out of touch with the current music scene, this 20-track, DRM-free compilation featuring exclusively major hits from the last year or so is an excellent way to catch up on pop music in a hurry. You'll get LMFAO, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and more. The Amazon MP3 Downloader is required, or you can pick it up for the same price (plus taxes) at Google Play.
Is It Worth It?: Did you catch Madonna during halftime at the Super Bowl? We loved how her performance deftly mixed football players, Roman gladiators, break dancers, and a tightrope walker into a campy cavalcade during America's favorite evening. In the early 1990s Madonna ruled the entertainment world, she was everywhere, from her turn in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy and her 1991 documentary Truth or Dare to her 1992 book Sex. "Vogue" (pictured) comes from the soundtrack to Truth or Dare and is one of her greatest singles. You can get that and 82 other Grammy-nominated singles at Amazon for just 69 cents apiece. Click here for more Grammy-nominated singles.
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