Friday, February 20, 2009

Online music hazzle...

So I happened to come across Alexandra Burke's* version of the Leonard Cohens song Hallelujah and I really liked it - what a voice (and I love "big voices")! So of course I want to buy it and download it to my iPod for my 3-hour car trip down to San José on Sunday.

But nope! Since I live in the US and it hasn't been relesed here - I can't get it (at least in any "official" way). You can find it on the UK iTunes - but if you try to buy it in £ you get the message that nope - you're not eligible. It hasn't been released on Amazon.com/mp3 - my usual source of music. I wonder if you can buy it in Sweden...

Isn't this just crazy?? In an online world, it's just weird when they try to limit access. I don't care about heir marketing campaign planning - find a way to make it work world wide!

Of course I can get around this. I live in the house of a geek - and I could find a way to surf icognito using a proxy solution so iTunes wouldn't detect me being in the US and buy it off the UK iTunes (and I guess that would be sort of legal... at least I'm paying for the music, but I'm physically in the US... but then I am a Swedish citizen... or what would be their criteria for not letting you pay money for music... place of "occasional being"?. But since this take a little fix and trix and time - if I really wanted to have it fast  - it's probably out there somewhere to be downloaded illegal... Sigh. 

Why can't they just let you buy the darn thing...?

Oh, well. I'll  just get some more new podcasts from the wonderful website Sveriges Radio. AT least they don't care that I live on the other side of the world...

Of course (!) the music company won't allow emedding of this music video -
 so you have to check it out with this
 link if you haven't heard
Alexandra Burke's version, turn up the volume!
 

(*Alexandra Burke won the latest episode of the X Factor in the UK)

6 comments:

Annika said...

Det där är så grymt irriterande och jag fattar det INTE!!!!
iTunes måste ändra det där, det är helt galet. Varför kan man besöka andra länders iTunes om man inte kan köpa därifrån??? Alla betalas ju över kort iallafall...
FATTAR NOLL!!!
Och ja, Jacal!! Stora röster är ngt du och jag verkligen har gemansamt. Det finns inget underbarare än en STARKm stor och bärande röst. jag njuter av välbehag...

Anna, Fair and True said...

Har du upptäckt Spotify förresten? I alla fall ett val när man lyssnar hemifrån.

malin2 said...

Helt galet... när man vill vara laglydig och betala för sig så går det inte.
Ja, den finns olagligt men det går ju helt emot principen.

Halo said...

Hello, I listened to this verison and I think it is excellent. I can totally relate to not being able to get music here in the US.
While in Norway in the summner of 2006 I fell in love with the music by Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen..who did this ablum together..."Hallelijah Live" but you couldn't get it here in the US...good thing I have contacts in Europe....anyway they do a version of Hallelujah and I think it is very good, I was wondering if you have heard it?

Jane said...

Hej, du kan registrera dig pa itunes UK med en annan e-postadress, jag är registrerad bade i USA, England och Tyskland hos iTunes och det funkar jättebra.

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