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iTMS and me
Authored by: sdewidt on May 09, '06 05:24:42PM

Posted this on the main page, but anyway:

I've bought ~600 songs from the iTMS. Recently though, I've had some concerns about the ability to play my music in the future. I know I could just burn my music to CD and then re-rip them to a DRM-free format, but some quality is lost in the process. So I've decided to go back to buying CDs more frequently since they are only a few dollars more and I get the actual disc with which I can do basically whatever I want.

In the past I bought a lot of music from allofmp3, but my bank (Wells Fargo) put an end to that. I received a new Visa check card in the mail from them one day with a letter stating that they had seen some 'unusual' activity on my card, and that as part of their early fraud detection program, they were assigning me a new card number. They also will not verify my card anymore on the site. I guess I could get some other card, but I don't know if it's worth the hassle. Too bad allofmp3 doesn't use paypal anymore; that would be sweet.



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iTMS and me
Authored by: russellh on May 09, '06 07:16:52PM

ok. someone tell me why allofmp3.com isn't organized piracy? I wouldn't buy from them. Buy CDs at a used CD store, or buy on iTMS and back it up. Exercise your natural rights to preserve your purchases and strip the -d-r-m-. you can always do that later though... if you back them up. I think it is a certainty that anyone who spends thousands on music will want to keep that music, and how likely is it that the iTMS survives you? So eventually you will have to break DRM.



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iTMS and me
Authored by: sjk on May 09, '06 09:19:11PM
someone tell me why allofmp3.com isn't organized piracy?
I agree.
I wouldn't buy from them.
Me neither. I can't justify supporting a piracy racket in good conscience regardless of how negatively I feel about the RIAA, etc. Heck, I'd rather pirate directly without the middleman if I wanted to be "rebellious" that way.

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iTMS and me
Authored by: dave1212 on May 10, '06 04:22:51PM

I'm dying to see something that says 'allofmp3 has mafia ties' that isn't a comment on some forum like this or slashdot.
All real-life investigations have shown they're not violating anything.



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iTMS and me
Authored by: dave1212 on May 10, '06 04:20:32PM

Because they paid the RIAA what it asked for. The RIAA/major labels sold their music at 'bulk' prices to be 'rebroadcast' by Russian companies.
It may be a loophole, but the site hasn't been any closer to being shut down for at least three years now.
Major label artists really don't have any choice but to go indie and release new music that does well. They've already signed all their previous recordings' ownership away to companies like Sony. We all know how their 'creative accounting' works. Labels and middlemen get paid, artists and fans get screwed.



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