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Allofmp3 is Getting Weird

I’ve noticed some price increases over at the website of my favorite Ruskies, allofmp3.com. I don’t mind the higher prices too much; they’re still leaps and bounds cheaper than competing services like iTunes and Napster. Still, I would like to know exactly what I’m paying for so I sent them a friendly message asking for some clarification. The following is a transcription of my first request:

You wrote:
How does your payment structure work now? It used to be $.02/MB, but I don’t see that anywhere on the site now and prices are up. Please clarify. Thanks.

Allofmp3.com support reply:
The price of the files that you download is determined by their quality that is by the file format and bitrate.

The order total is shown on the Order screen

You will NOT be charged for either previewing tracks or for the encoding process

OK… :-/

AllofMP3 Media Frenzy Sparks Traffic

Amid mounting legal attacks, it seems the controversial Russian music downloads site AllofMP3.com is enjoying its time in the spotlight, benefiting from a boom in traffic. Both total pageviews and unique user levels have skyrocketed this month, reports Digital Music News, citing the traffic tracker Alexa.com. [read more]

Good! AllofMP3 deserves the attention! I just added more funds to my balance and got a 10% bonus in celebration of the FIFA World Cup - how cool is that?! Plus, if Italy beats Australia in tomorrow’s game then I’ll get an extra 10% of today’s purchase; if Italy wins 1:0 then I’ll get a 50% bonus. What’s not to love?

That’s not to say AllofMP3 needs gimmicks like a FIFA giveaway to get my business - that just puts them above and beyond the rest.

[dugg]

Tunes on the Cheap

There are lots of different music services out there, but allow me to highlight some of the most hawesomer ones I’ve come across:

  • AllofMP3 - I’ve blogged about them before, and I’ll do it again. AllofMP3 continues to be my favorite music service because of they’re insanely low rates - just $0.02 per MB or about $1.25 for an entire album. Compare that to $0.99 per song on iTunes and it’s easy to see why I love AllofMP3.
  • Pandora - It’s kinda like radio, but kinda not like anything else you’ve ever seen before. If you’ve used Yahoo!’s Launchcast service before then you probably understand how a radio can “learn” what you like by your ratings, etc. Pandora takes that philosophy and truly goes beyond to learn what you love and make new recommendations. Oh yeah, it’s free.
  • Lala - If physical CDs are your thing, Lala is for you. It’s like a community based Netflix or Blockbuster Online for music - send in your CDs to share, earn points, and spend your points on other CDs. I haven’t used the service myself, but the premise sounds cool.
  • Mercora - Dubbed “the world’s largest jukebox”, Mercora’s music is comprised of a P2P database connected to tons of custom playlists created by its users. While it is P2P, it’s all streamed - since it’s not actually downloaded to your computer and Mercora pays royalties, it’s both free and legal. I haven’t used it, but Eriq has; maybe he could elaborate on Mercora’s services.
  • Yahoo! Music Unlimited - Though it’s not free, YMU has a ton of music available for streaming and also offers tracks to download (though they’re significantly more expensive than AllofMP3). YMU incorporates Launchcast as well, so you can listen to a wide variety of music as the program learns your tastes.

I would recommend AllofMP3 over any other service because of three main reasons: 1) it’s hella cheap; 2) you keep the music you buy, and; 3) you pick the format and bitrate for your tunes. It really comes down to what you wanna do with your music, specifically, whether or not you wanna be able to take it with you, access it at any time, or just let the randomness of streaming radio take you where it will.

AllofMP3 Threatened by RIAA

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More of the downhill battle continued, AllofMP3 is being threatened by the RIAA. The RIAA wants AllofMP3 shut down, claiming that AllofMP3 violates the rights of those who own the music by not paying for royalties.

The website, run by MediaServices Inc., has long protested its innocence. Yet the prices are remarkable: a British shopper can download an album from iTunes Music Store for £9.79; or typically about £0.75 from AllofMP3, which prices its downloads by file size. And the choice is enormous. All those Beatles albums that Apple is not allowed to sell can be found at AllofMP3.com for under a pound.

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All of MP3

If you’re into the digital music, you basically have two options:

  1. Steal it.
  2. Pay about $.99/song from a service like iTunes or Yahoo! Music.

Maybe it’s just me, but $.99/song is just wrong. An album of 12 songs would cost nearly $12, but you don’t even get the benefit of the physical disc or album art! How is that fair to the consumer? Stealing, the alternative, isn’t fair to the artists, who create the music and deserve to be compensated for their hard work. These were the only two options - until AllofMP3 came around to save the world.

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