While other shoppers may be knocking down doors for the latest smart phones and gaming devices, music fans might instead be found browsing Amazon or hitting up their local record stores. Here are a few deals that have caught my attention, both online and in stores:

For the musician:
If you aren’t intimidated by the potential insanity of Black Friday crowds, you may want to check out your nearest Guitar Center or Sam Ash, which both offer an impressive variety of deals. Others musicians may be content to shop online at stores like Musician’s Friend, where shipping is free in 48 states (sorry, Alaska and Hawaii).

For the vinyl junkie:
Vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to hear that Record Store Day has put together an extensive list of Black Friday releases for a number of independent record stores across the country. Most of these releases are exclusive to indie stores, and include such treasures as The Doors mono LP reissue, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass 3 LP reissue, Iron & Wine’s Walking Far From Home, and rare cuts from MGMT, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Matisyahu, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. A complete list of releases can be found here. A great find, but keep in mind that your local store might not carry everything on the list; best to call in advance if you’re looking for something specific.

For everyone:
And we certainly cannot forget Amazon. The website is currently hosting a number of deals, including a complimentary $3 toward mp3 downloads and some of the year’s most popular albums starting at $6.99. Perhaps the best offer is the super-sized Daily Deal, which offers five “outstanding ultra-low priced MP3 albums” a day, the most recent of which have included Vampire Weekend’s Contra and Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits Volume 1, each for only $1.99. Check back here each day through Monday for a new set of deals.

Please feel free to share any additional Black Friday music offers in the comment section!

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