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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 5:59 pm
I'm often frustrated by this too, although I do see the problems with it. One of the big things that annoys me is that you can buy whole series of TV shows from the US iTunes store, I'd love to be able to do that in Aus too, and movies. Hopefully we get something similar soon?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:41 pm
There's much that frustrated me about iTunes. I wish it was just easy.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:52 pm
This is just a personal thought, but I have to say that the Australian Itunes stores is average( 6/10) for music content, there is so much Australian Music not available or not fully complete, as well, Why do they have "Album Only" tracks? These are tracks that you can't buy on their own, but rather, the only way you will be able to get that song is by purchasing the full album- maybe they could put a premium price on these tracks, say an extra 0.50 cents or $1 even.
Also, the Australian Itunes store, not only lacking stuff from certain Australian Artists, but also from Overseas acts.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:13 pm
I thought the Australian iTunes store was doing pretty well in terms of Australian music content. :shrug: Better than [the American online electronic and dance music store] Beatport, anyway. Out of all the Australian artists I listen to, there's only one artist that doesn't have their catalogue on iTunes.
Regarding 'album only' tracks, I find that they're songs that are quite long in length e.g. ten minutes. Charging a small premium on those songs would be good, but I doubt iTunes Australia are going to do it. Leaving certain songs as 'album only' will only drive people away from iTunes and source that particular song elsewhere, whether it be on another online music store such as Beatport or illegally on P2P networks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:25 pm
As far as the music that I want goes, iTunes is pretty reliable imo. I have previously bought some extremely obscure artists songs from iTunes which, upon searching them, had serious reservations that iTunes would have the songs.

I also like how they have genre pages, and rankings of all the songs. Sometimes I hear a song on the radio I like, have no idea who its by or what its called, but I usually find that a quick top 40 search on iTunes solves the problem for me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:50 pm
I think iTunes is a superb service with a great catalogue.

Sure it doesn't have some stuff that is avaliable in the US. But that has always been the case pre-MP3. You could just order the CD from the US like people used to.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:03 pm
I hate that iTunes stores aren't just universal. I mean for goodness sake, it's the bloody internet. Some of the albums I want aren't available on the Aussie iTunes store but are on the American one. That's just pointless. I [i:4e1f61e745]want to pay for it for once[/i:4e1f61e745].
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:17 pm
[quote:96383235ff="VMars"]I think iTunes is a superb service with a great catalogue.

Sure it doesn't have some stuff that is avaliable in the US. But that has always been the case pre-MP3. You could just order the CD from the US like people used to.[/quote:96383235ff]

My thoughts exactly. Ive never had a problem with iTunes. Not expensive, large catalogue and you know what youre getting (unlike illegal downloads).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:38 pm
^ So you'd think . . . they gave me a dodgy download today! >=[ A section of the song keeps looping over and over for five minutes! Either their encoder stuffed up, or the record label gave them a dodgy WAV file to encode. I've sent a message to iTunes support (which took some time to do; when I clicked on Report A Problem under the song, it took me to the FAQs about song codes repeatedly), so hopefully they'll be able to rectify the situation.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:41 pm
[quote:3ed64dd20d="tiptop"]Why is it, that you can not buy music from USA? I mean you are still paying for the music and around the same price (99c USD and 1.37 AUD) is around the same. I don't see why we can't buy it. It is supporting that artist and getting more money for Itunes.[/quote:3ed64dd20d]

Actually, 99c USD is $1.03 AUD.

And like kerfuffle says, it's all about licensing. Same reason you can't watch AOL videos in Australia either. It blows.
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