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July 03, 2008

When the music never starts

Obviously we're pretty slow, given that she performed very close to where we live earlier this year, but we hadn't heard Patty Griffin until we stumbled upon a rave about Mary.

So we went looking to buy and download Mary of course, plus look at some of her other stuff, and ended up at Amazon.com's MP3 download site. We dutifully installed Amazon's MP3 downloader, clicked on the track ... and were informed that because we'd foolishly chosen to live in Australia, rather than the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave etc, we couldn't download the music.

And the recording industry wonders why so many of its customers get their music from Russia. Where you can download an entire album for not more than the cost of a single track.

Posted by cw at July 3, 2008 04:31 PM

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CW, do you trust SoundsBox with your credit card? Or am I being overly suspicious of the Evil Empire?

Too many years listening to Regan?

Posted by: bryan at July 4, 2008 07:09 PM

There's a great forum on all the Russian music sites at http://www.aom3.org/forum/index.php. I've never heard of anyone having any problems with credit card fraud.

Posted by: cw at July 4, 2008 08:10 PM

Mr Edge, I know from past columns you have various ways of watching TV online - I was hoping to watch a Mad Men episode last night on Amazon .. the quality looks pretty good too ... and then I was blocked for foolishly living outside the US. Any thoughts on how to get around this?

Posted by: Pal Rankin at January 21, 2009 09:24 AM