Same here. If the album is not available in iTunes Plus, I look for it at (in order) eMusic and Amazon.kornchild2002 said:I use the iTunes Store only when they offer content in the iTunes Plus format (I don't like dealing with DRM) or the artist/band releases their content as an iTunes only EP/single.
Then don't use it. However, one should not turn to illegal methods simply because the iTunes Store is high in price. The high price is there though as Apple must pay many fees to distribute media via downloads in the UK. That is also one of the reasons why the Canadian iTunes Store has higher prices.kennz said:Yeah i get what you are saying. But itunes here in the uk and europe is a rip off big time! You pay 99c US we pay 79p almost double how can this be right. It comes from the same server from the same artist etc so why do we pay so much more?
You are forgetting that different countries have different laws. Online distribution does not mean that costs will be flat worldwide. That is like saying that all cars use unleaded gasoline so that means that gas should have a flat cost worldwide. Music prices are controlled record company agreements which vary from country to country. So go complain to the record companies.kennz said:That is saying that here in the UK it costs more to do exactly the same as in the US.
We are ripped off by many in this country but does not make it right. The costs to distribute is the same the world over, internet anyone?
I believe you forgot that when you called these sites illegal abovekornchild2002 said:You are forgetting that different countries have different laws.
That is the thing though. On paper, Russia is working to line itself up more with Europe and the U.S. What Russia practices is another story though but on paper, allofmp3 was illegal and so are all those clones and newer versions. The Russian government won't do anything until the RIAA and U.S. government step in and say something though. It reminds me a lot of underage drinking in Mexico. Mexico's legal drinking age is 18 but they don't really enforce that. On paper they do but their practice is a whole other story. Now, they will enforce that law if someone is being dumb (namely a U.S. tourist) and the Federales will take their money or throw them in jail. So they might enforce the drinking age law here and there but it is mainly just to look good on paper.Code Monkey said:I believe you forgot that when you called these sites illegal above
Even allofmp3.com, for all the smoke and bluster the politicians made about it, was never found to have broken a single misdemeanor and, though under a different name, the site administrators and owners are doing the exact same thing today... legally. At least as of now, Russia's promises to bring their laws more in line with the E.U. and U.S.A. seem to be political speak with no actual results.
See, that's what you're missing: they took them to court, they were acquitted of everything. Legal is not defined by what the U.S. thinks, what some Russian diplomat angling for WTO status, or, music gods help us in this case, a random forum poster believes, but what the laws and the courts interpreting those laws say.kornchild2002 said:What Russia practices is another story though but on paper, allofmp3 was illegal and so are all those clones and newer versions.
Under what statute?pohatu771 said:AllofMP3 operated on a licence similar to the licence a radio station uses. In Russia, they were entirely legal. What was illegal was for non-Russians to download the music.