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Sweeney Todd

NOT FOR SALE

Posted on 2010.09.28 at 09:10
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Scala & Kolacny Brothers - One-Winged Angel

In the most retarded demonstration of stupid I've seen this year (and believe you me, I've seen plenty of stupid), AMAZON.COM offers an entire album of mp3s not available for download.

Read that again, this time more slowly.

Now ask yourself, "What's the fuck exactly is the point of that?"

So I sent an email to AMAZON.COM asking them just how something like this could happen, and here's the impressively quick reply I received from them, despite it making no fucking sense whatsoever:

"While shopping in the MP3 Music Download Store, you may encounter songs that are only available [...] on the physical CD."

For the record, iTunes didn't have this album available. Don't get me wrong, I love love love AMAZON.COM for purchasing CDs and books but have never downloaded albums from them, because "Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company" requires me to install a goddamn amazon music downloader. Fuck that. I was impressed however, that they had a downloader for a variety of linux distros, which is what I ended up doing - installing it in a virtual machine.

Not that it did me any good.

Am I the only one that gets pissed off by the sheer depth of this crap? Is it only me? Am I pulling a Walter Sobchak here? Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Do any of you feel the same way at all? The only replies I got on facebook were,

"lol you should've used iTunes lol"

I hate facebook users.



Comments:


mr_dowg
mr_dowg at 2010-09-28 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have so much of a problem with installing their downloader.....especially since I just do it at work and not on my own personal computer, lol

I have encounter this same exact problem with there MP3 site though, I find it utterly ridiculous that they would have albums on the MP3 site that are only available to order on physical CD! Why in the hell do they list them on the MP3 site in the first place if you can't just download them.

Unfortunately they are a huge company with thousands of customers so they really don't care about the few people who have a problem with something like this!

On their behalf, I am sorry for your frustrating experience!
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 15:11 (UTC) (Link)
You have so many wonderful traits I admire.

Thank you.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-09-28 14:23 (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. Somehow I missed that when I checked my email this morning. Sorry 'bout that. Live an learn.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
Not at all! I appreciate your reply. I wrote this after I rec'd your email.. Granted, your email was "pre-coffee" and I completely understand the significance of that!
mr_dowg
mr_dowg at 2010-09-28 14:24 (UTC) (Link)
By the way.....I also agree that some of the comments you get on facebook can be extremely annoying and totally unnecessary!
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 15:15 (UTC) (Link)
One of my long-standing annoyances with tech forums is the answering of a very specific question with, "Why do you want to do it that way? You should do it this way..." and then they go on to explain something entirely counter to the reason you asked your question.

I got to where I would ask my question, and explain why I was asking - and why I wanted to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in that way.

Turns out the joke was on me, because that never produced any replies whatsoever.

As far as I can figure out, most people don't know anything at all :/
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-09-28 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
Gee Eric, don't hold back. ;-)

Seriously, if I got started on the list of things I find fucking retarded, I'd still be writing next Tuesday. Sigh. Yes, I can see why you find this frustrating, and I do agree, it's really stupid. If it's only available on CD from them, then why list it in the MP3 section?

ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 15:40 (UTC) (Link)
I guess its up to us to at least prioritize the idiocy. Its either that or embrace it, and I'll go down fighting before I do that.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-09-29 16:34 (UTC) (Link)
Prioritize the idiocy. I like that. At least we shouldn't let it fester.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-09-28 15:03 (UTC) (Link)
Follow up? Why should I not install their downloader?

And secondly, I quit Facebook, because most comments are totally inane. I got tired of hearing about people doing their laundry, getting groceries, etc. Very few want to talk about anything abstract.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 16:57 (UTC) (Link)
Why should I not install their downloader?

I'm not a fan of unnecessary application clutter: Browser toolbars, icon tray widgets, helper apps - things which suck system resources or sit idle in memory space. If the downloader isn't required to download a single mp3, why is it required to download an album? What "Terms of Service" do I have to whore myself out to for it to work? What are they trying to sneak past me in requiring an installation? I simply do not know.


Very few want to talk about anything abstract.

Exactly! Activities over opinions. There's one guy who has everything automated, from what he's browsing to what he's watching. Honestly? He's not that interesting and the minutia of his life simply reinforces it.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-09-29 16:32 (UTC) (Link)

>>I'm not a fan of unnecessary application clutter:

This makes sense. I don't tend to add a lot of apps either, just because it clutters my mind to have things on the computer that I'm going, "What's this for?" Not to mention the sneaky stuff.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-10-02 17:41 (UTC) (Link)
I don't have a problem with Amazon requiring a downloader to get albums vs. single tracks. Fo all we know, amazon figured out a way to duplicate Akamai but instead of instantly delivering the service via a backbone, they chose to do it via an application.

That's fine; I don't have a problem with it.

What I do have a problem with is that I'm told I have to download the app to download anything more than a single track at a time and I'm not told why. If Amazon is pimping some new technology, I want to know about it as an IT professional. If the application is going to spy on me and report back to Amazon or the RIAA that I have music that isn't tagged from either iTunes or Amazon, I have a right as a computer user to know that too.

Simply put, the thing that bugs the ever-living hell out of me about Amazon is that they won't tell me what's so goddamned special about their fucking downloader.
Scott Ridenour
Scott Ridenour at 2010-09-28 15:28 (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to the modern age, where technology has either far eclipsed our own understanding or just dumbed us up enough for skynet to take control.

As for FB, that's for telling others when you've had a movement or your kid put their diaper on their head.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 18:40 (UTC) (Link)
lol you should've used iTunes lol
Misha
dawaioser at 2010-09-28 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Don't get me started on FB and the replies. I feel *lucky* when I get a reply, much less one that is anything other than a click of the *LIKE* button, ROFL, LOL; or actual words strung together in a complete sentence that makes sense. The world is going to de-evolve...you know what I'm talking about. F*****&K.

BTW, we must be on the same wave length today because I JUST heard this Scala Choir and posted about it - before I saw who you'd selected on Amazon.com. (LOL/ROFL/WHATEVER, eh?)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-28 19:15 (UTC) (Link)
Surely each discrete blogging service has its own niche parameters, whatever those may be. And while I appreciate the "I acknowledge you" button, it is rather shallow as an effective communication attempt.

If you like me too, click YES or NO. <-- WTF, grade school?

That being said, I've been aching for new music. Not a new artist, slinging the same old shit, nor New Age. No, I've been aching for new music. A different way of doing things. Something different. Not different and sucks - for there's surely plenty of that around, but different and...well, NOT suck.

I believe I've found that with Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Its all I've listened to back-to-back since about 2000 last night. I downloaded "One-Winged Angel" last night on iTunes, ran into the AMAZON.COM fiasco, and ended up finding a lo-fi rip of "On the Rocks" and "Dream On" elsewhere. So far the best is the legal download, but that may just be its superior quality talking. GREAT MUSIC. Exactly what I was looking for. More people need to know about this. I 'shared' your FB link of your post with these comments.

Glad to know I'm not the only one.
irulan_amy at 2010-09-29 03:06 (UTC) (Link)
I've used their downloader before when I was impatient and had to have something. But it makes positively no sense to even listen anything in the digital download area that you can only by on a CD.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-29 16:22 (UTC) (Link)
I did sent a follow-up question to AMAZON.COM, but to date, it has remained unanswered :(
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2010-09-29 10:05 (UTC) (Link)
That is strange and perhaps just a glitch? I have to wade through the Amazon.com store (although my local is Amazon.co.uk) quite often as all my reviews have to be linked back to products on Amazon.com. I come across loads of albums that are download only and obviously, you just can't see them on a physical search. I've not come across something like this before.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-29 16:22 (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could pass this off a glitch. Sadly, my time spent among the living suggests otherwise.
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ehowton
ehowton at 2010-09-29 23:28 (UTC) (Link)
I'm including an HD YouTube (better quality sound) in tomorrow's blog post :D
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2010-10-01 03:20 (UTC) (Link)
I was impressed however, that they had a downloader for a variety of linux distros

I live in the stone ages when it comes to digital downloads and still buy most of my music on CD (typically from Amazon, unless I find it cheap elsewhere or impulse buy in a store). When I had a particular craving one day recently during work I decided to check out Amazon's mp3 store and was happy to learn that they had linux downloaders - unfortunately they're all for 32-bit. But for all its faults, I have to say that them having a linux downloader at all was enough for me to outweigh it and I've since bought a few more mp3 albums, it's so refreshing to see more and more companies offering linux options and I want to be right there supporting them so they continue to.

All that said, given the existence of the downloader, it's still easier to grab a torrent if the music is common enough, which is pretty sad. I want to pay for your content but you make it so difficult...
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-10-01 14:00 (UTC) (Link)
...still buy most of my music on CD (typically from Amazon...

Yes and yes. Unless I require an album RFN - as in the case of Scala - I won't usually choose the download, but I have noticed there are more and more albums which are released "download only" these days.

unfortunately they're all for 32-bit.

Virtual machine, virtual machine, virtual machine! I have, strewn just about everywhere, every combination of distro I would ever need in a virtual environment. It makes things so magnificent!

I want to pay for your content but you make it so difficult...

*sigh*
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2010-10-01 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I ended up having to run it in a virtual machine, but I feel bad for people who don't have the expertise to pull that off (virtualbox is easy for us, but even the idea of it to some people is not).
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