Fake Russian iTunes Music Store Launched!

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  1. Tinckerbel macrumors newbie

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  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i can't say that i like the interface one bit. its just blah. looks like someone threw up.
     
  4. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    i agree, doesn't look too bad
     
  5. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    *puts flame-suit* on.

    That site has some competitive pricing going.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it does. but then again its not totally legit in some aspects either.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Even if I thought this site was particularly legal for American users... I somehow do not feel comfortable giving them my credit card number.... Hmmm...
     
  8. alexstein macrumors 6502a

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    I somehow feel the same way. It's still a little to shady for my taste.

    They have been doing this for awhile now. I wonder how they can get away with it.
     
  9. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    they get away with it because the Russian government isn't doing anything about it and allowing it to run. after all the RIAA can only extend its reach so far. but afaik, the artists and labels are not intentionally allowing this site to exist, they do not back it.
     
  10. supergod macrumors 6502

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    I'm actually a big fan of the website. It's clunky and awful and there are tech issues, but damn it is such a fine price. I get albums in 320kbps AAC for about $2.00. It's changed the way I listen to music. I'm buying new albums all the time and hearing all sorts of stuff I otherwise wouldn't be able to find, and their selection is to my eyes superior to iTunes. I used to be someone who only downloaded music from P2Ps and yet I really prefer the Allofmp3 for the quality.

    However, there are the obvious problems. The service is legal in Canada, but I still have the knowledge that my money is obviously not going to the artists. Now, I don't particularly like supporting a company that could very likely be construed as organized crime, but I also don't like supporting large music corporations that have behaved improperly. I think it comes down to a sort of moral issue and a practical one. The music that I get from that site is FAR superior to that on the iTunes store and superior to what most people have on P2P and at a small fraction of the price of iTunes. Whether or not they're morally right, you have to hand it to the guys that run the sight. They're ballsy and entrepreneurial as hell and they keep constantly updating and improving. So I'll give them my money. Why not?

    Also, as far as sketchy credit card stuff, it's really not an issue.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Mmm, well, I'm glad that it's worked out for you so far. I'm glad to hear that this isn't connected to any sort of sketch credit card number harvesting scheme. :)
     
  12. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    This has been discussed several times before,as far as I'm concerned this is a legal site and it is probably legal to import for private use to the US (nobodies actually gone to court over it yet).It's been operating for quite sometime and nobody has had a go at it yet.As someone else said the creditcard thing is a non-issue:

    http://www.museekster.com/allofmp3faq.htm
     
  13. Sam* macrumors regular

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    One thing that i can see from the screenshots that is better than the iTMS is that you can chose your bit rate..

    i would so like to see this in the iTMS so i can some higher quality music:D
     
  14. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    Yea I use it all the time, and I'm very happy with it. Just yesterday I downloaded a lot of older tunes that I would NOT be willing to pay 99c per song for.
    It is sketchy, but credit cards have liability insurance, and the site hasn't overcharged me or anything. One note: you lodge money (say, $10) on your account, and any songs you purchase comes out of that. However, due to exchange rates, it actually costs about $10.25 to lodge that $10 on your account. But since that music is incredibly cheap anyways, it's not like you're getting ripped off or anything.
     

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