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So I saw the latest My Life in Gaming video talking about their video game soundtracks they had collected. (Youtube Link Here)

 

This got me to thinking... I'd really like to find a digital distribution service with video game soundtracks. Amazon is kinda spotty on this and tends to only have some of the biggest releases in this category. (I randomly checked now and FF7 was available for digital but not FF9.)

 

I managed to find a few random sites in my searches, but none of them are really delivering what I want... I'm going to link them here, but at the same time, I'm curious if anybody here has some good sites for listening to, purchasing, downloading, or anything along that line for video game music. And no I don't mean YouTube. YouTube works, but it's not the same as having a dedicated downloads that aren't just random rips from around the Internet.

 

While randomly searching, I found the following couple of sites.

 

VGMRips - Contains mostly chip-based organization and older consoles and handhelds. Can play from the site and sounds like the original consoles. Can download as well!

 

https://retro.sx/ - Contains a very large variety from old to new, but it's kinda spotty and seems to focus on more popular selections. Can play straight from the site or download.

 

https://www.sumthing.com/ - A very random one, but this is closest to what I was trying to find. It's a digital music store that has some video game soundtracks on it. Problem is it's really limited to what seems to mostly be Capcom and some newer titles.

 

https://bandcamp.com/ - This is a generic indie music site, but there's a lot of video game bands, indie video game soundtracks (Shovel Knight is there!), and plenty of video game remixes. It can be a crap shoot to find the exact thing you want sometimes though.

 

http://vgmdb.net/ - Video Game Music Database. Pretty much just is what it says. Large database of Video Game Music soundtracks. More of a catalog than anything unfortunately. It does contain links to purchase off-site, and they have a marketplace with people selling them.

 

OCRemix - Yeah this one is probably already well known. Doesn't hurt to link though! Completely free remixes, thousands of community submitted tracks, 40+ dedicated remix albums. It's good stuff! ALSO FREE!

 

Now that I've shared... Does anybody have a suggestion of closer to what I'm looking for? I'd prefer not iTunes, but that's looking like one of the better spots for what I'm thinking.

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If someone has an old archive of it somewhere as the internet wayback machine has the site but lacks the files there is the NES World Jukebox I ran 20 years ago. It was a hell of a lot of digital XM/MOD music, a good bit I put together for better or worse quality wise but also has a very decent sized MIDI archive as well. A HDD fail I had over a month ago, and I have no idea why the hell it wasn't on my backup drive as it had been before the fail before that (maybe I did a 'move' and not 'copy' on that reinstall) but it's all gone. :( I'd share that and re-up it to my storage but it's gone into the mists.

 

I ran that site as a partner with martin who runs nes world back in the 90s.

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If someone has an old archive of it somewhere as the internet wayback machine has the site but lacks the files there is the NES World Jukebox I ran 20 years ago. It was a hell of a lot of digital XM/MOD music, a good bit I put together for better or worse quality wise but also has a very decent sized MIDI archive as well. A HDD fail I had over a month ago, and I have no idea why the hell it wasn't on my backup drive as it had been before the fail before that (maybe I did a 'move' and not 'copy' on that reinstall) but it's all gone. :( I'd share that and re-up it to my storage but it's gone into the mists.

 

I ran that site as a partner with martin who runs nes world back in the 90s.

 

That's pretty awesome! Too bad they're all gone now...

 

Not sure if this is the kind of thing you're looking for, but when I'm in the mood to listen to chiptunes, I always drop by Zophar's Domain. :)

 

Zophar's Domain sounds familiar... OH! I recognize this back when i was first getting into emulation. I frequented a now dead site called Emucation.com.

 

Zophar's was a place I believe I went to a couple times for emulators and such.

 

I'll link up the music site here for ease ---> Zophar's Music

 

Thanks for that! ;)

 

Smooth McGroove does Acapella music of classic videogames and is on youtube and other popular sites

 

Smooth McGroove does excellent work. I'm not sure I can even get my brain around the amount of recordings and all the timing he has to to do make these @_@

 

A very impressive feat indeed!

 

 

And overall, what I want is probably something that doesn't easily exist... Just wish there was an awesome repository where one could easily get soundtracks of old games. I guess the real issue is the large variety of games companies and music I would want. I'll probably just bit the bullet and consider iTunes since some of the RPG soundtracks are what I'd ideally like. (Final Fantasy mostly but some of the other greats wouldn't hurt!~)

 

Probably is the ones I found were hella expensive... like $25 or so per soundtrack if note more. T-T

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Hey KeeperofLindblum, I'm the admin of RetroTracks so I thought I'd chime in here after seeing the site pinged :P

 

 

Sites I'd recommend for various platforms would be:

 

Megadrive - http://project2612.org/

Amiga - https://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/UnExoticA

SNES - http://snesmusic.org/v2/

NES - http://slickproductions.org/nsfe.php

Arcade / Sharp X68000 - http://vgmrips.net/packs/

Playstation - http://tzone.org/~llin/psf/

General - https://www.zophar.net/

 

Those are all the ones that immediately come to mind anyway.

 

When you said the site was "kinda spotty" did you mean that it's spread over various platforms rather than having a complete library for one platform? If so, that makes sense as I'm mainly adding things "by request" these days (because I didn't want to add rubbish, but had run out of personal choices). So on that note, if there's anything specific you're after that isn't on the site yet, let me know and I'll add it.

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