Compare and Contrast: The Cheapest Grammy-Nominated Albums

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The Grammys are just a few weeks away. Chances are you've come across snippets of songs from the five nominees for album of the year. (Seriously, if you haven't heard "Bad Romance" or "California Gurls," you've been in a coma). But have you intimately listened to each of the albums -- Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," Eminem's "Recovery," Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" and Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" -- from start to finish?

Before you place a wager on a winner or declare a favorite, it may be a good idea to buy (not illegally download) these great albums. You're a respectable college student, not a petty crook. At the same time, you're a college student, not some pop star with money to burn.

Compare and Contrast, Money College's new price comparison column, looked to see how much digital albums and old school albums on CD cost through Amazon, iTunes and Walmart, so you know where to get the best deal. Besides, we were just curious which retailer generally offered the best deal for music.

And before you say, "CDs, what are those?" know this: 240 million physical albums were sold in the United States last year compared to 86.3 million digital albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan.