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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2014 21:42:37 BDT
Clamz works fine on Linux Mint 15.

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 20:21:37 BDT
Chris R says:
How ridiculous! Amazon, pull your thumb out of your xxxx. I guess I had better find another mp3 provider...

Posted on 18 Feb 2014 10:59:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2014 11:01:51 GMT
Dogson says:
They could have used some of their UK tax "savings" to employ some programmers to create a decent Linux application.
This again smacks of big companies railing against anything free.
If you think this is bad avoid a Kindle for your reading thing.
Special email addresses to share out of copyright books and a load of hassle.
All done to put people off any choice that does not feed their business model.
Most cynical.

Posted on 6 Jan 2014 11:00:14 GMT
I am very annoyed by this, I am a linux user and I'm not interested in online cloud services as I have my own server running ampache for remote streaming. I just want a zip file containing high quality MP3s. I cannot and given the option would not install a proprietary downloader application when it's so simple for you to serve a zip file. I will be moving to other online music stores from now on. I know Amazon won't miss the hundred or so quid I spend on music a year but I will also be advising friends to avoid the service and telling them to avoid it too. Hopefully the cause will snowball and you'll at least feel a little pinch.

Posted on 2 Jan 2014 21:44:40 GMT
Being skeptical I assume the main driver behind this was to force people into using their own Cloud based player, as I would imagine lots of non-Linux users probably used the zip option quite a lot too.
It is totally infuriating - there's absolutely no technical limitation (they had it on before) and I'll now be avoiding Amazon mp3s like the plague.

Posted on 26 Nov 2013 20:28:06 GMT
Roger W says:
Same problem here (and clamz doesn't work for me any more, or at least didn't when I last tried). I complained to Amazon back in March, when I first ran into this issue, and got a confused mixture of platitudes in broken English by way of a reply.

Those of you who still use Amazon for other stuff, or even for MP3s because it's still a little cheaper, you're not helping; Amazon won't notice the loss of our MP3 purchases if we keep using them for everything else.

Removing Linux support from the MP3 downloader was disappointing; preventing us from downloading multiple files even via the "Cloud Player" gimmick was plain disrespectful. You don't insult me like that and keep my custom, for MP3s or for any other goods. Amazon, you used to be cool! You've lost a customer, at least until you put this mess right.

Posted on 21 Nov 2013 12:01:09 GMT
Drebin 893 says:
Another Linux user here sounding off at a large multinational who would like a little more support.

A Linux users money is as good as anyone else's. You have apps for Windows and Mac. Now if you got a mac app it isnt that much work to port it over to Linux. Also, as an Ubuntu user it would great to have an Amazon mp3 player app which streams my cloud music from the integrated Unity task bar. Seems silly to have to keep open a memory hogging web browser just to stream some HTML5 audio. I cant believe there is that little love for Linux considering Canonical and Amazon have an advertising tie in deal for desktop searches. Then on top of it all, you can do this through an Android App and on Kindle, both Linux based...

Just make us a nice neat little Mp3 streamer/downloader/uploader. Pleeeeeeeeeease :-)

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 13:28:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2013 13:29:02 BDT
R. J. Horne says:
Fortunately I purchased album while at work on a Windows machine, If I'd tried at home on my Linux only machine I would have been less than happy.
At no point before my purchase was I told I would have to install your 'downloader' application, If I had I would not have continued as a matter of principle.
NOT IMPRESSED.

Posted on 29 Aug 2013 14:09:05 BDT
Same here - whilst I use Amazon to buy lots of stuff it won't be music downloads any more.

Ubuntu music store is a bit more expensive but at least it works.

Posted on 30 Jun 2013 07:56:16 BDT
Found out about this myself today, not a happy customer and will not be buying music from Amazon until its fixed i have taken a look at 7digital they came out a little more expensive on the black sabbath album 13 than Play.com who also fully support linux so i went to them and will continue to do so..

Posted on 29 Jun 2013 09:13:27 BDT
a1200 says:
Well its all been said. I have used Amazon a great deal over the years. This new lack of linux support has really damaged my opinion their company, I will take my money elsewhere.

Posted on 21 May 2013 19:26:07 BDT
C. Crampton says:
ridiculous situation!
Went to buy Tribes latest album - £9.99, download 1 track at a time - huh, wtf,
tried Ubuntu Music (not wishing to start a Linux distro war here on Ubuntu & where its heading), download £5.99 - excellent, and download album in one go.
Sorry Amazon, won't try you again for music.

Posted on 16 May 2013 13:47:46 BDT
Triarii says:
*insert whinge here*.

Can't think of any logical reason for this lack of support. Lucky for them I'm such a tight fisted git that I'll still buy things from here when they're cheaper, then download them onto my work PC and redistribute from there.

What a ball ache.

Posted on 11 May 2013 23:40:01 BDT
Mr. JE Heard says:
Not at all impressed by this ridiculous situation Amazon! Just purchased an album of 36 tracks and there's no way I'm downloading those one by one.
Just tried Pymazon with the .amz file and it barfed up a load of python errors. Now downloading with 'clamz' on the command line - Really great that someone's written a working client but what a pity that they needed to in the first place :-(

Posted on 4 May 2013 22:34:35 BDT
T. Gardener says:
i didn't realise amazon made this change till i bought an mp3 album tonight and you only get one opportunity to download the .amz file after purchasing the album, there isn't even an option in the your orders page to download the albums you purchased.
last time i bought a mp3 album from amazon it was all possible and amazon has decided to impliment this crap. very disappointed. i have emailed amazon

Posted on 1 May 2013 23:45:49 BDT
lac says:
Honestly ... what is the point to limit cloud player to download ONE SONG AT THE TIME on Linux??? First, there is ABSOLUTELY no technical limitation on letting users download several files at once from Linux compare to Windows or Mac, a browser is a browser and this is 2013.

I have purchased some music from AZN in the past, thinking you will keep "Linux Friendly", and just did so again, but this time got caught into downloading song One per One. The album has 62 songs, this is 4 click per song (unselect previous, select next, click download, click ok) so at least 248 clicks in a web interface to download my album? Are you refunding the time it takes to do so???

Seriously, there is no excuse and no technical limitations. Sloppy codding and driving your discerning customers away. Last piece of music I have ever purchased from this place apart if it changes. Negative publicity to all my friends after recommending the service in the past is now due.

Clue: If you give something (full Linux functionality like in the past), taking it away will make you look worse than if you never offered to begin with, so think about this before upsetting your users.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 11:15:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2013 11:20:00 BDT
Mr Fluffy says:
That's all very well, but when I looked at the Let Them Talk album by Hugh Laurie, the 7digital one was £5.49 while the Amazon one was £4.49 -- 20% cheaper! Mind you I'm still P***ed off at Amazon for their attitude to non high profile OSs and lack of a Kindle app for Meego and Symbian phones, and they don't endear themselves to me by dodging the payment of tax in the UK.

Posted on 13 Apr 2013 10:14:31 BDT
How to download Amazon MP3's using GNU/Linux in 1 easy step:

Step 1: Go to 7digital.com

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 10:06:30 BDT
Homer says:
How to download Amazon MP3's using GNU/Linux in 10 easy steps:

Step 1. Install Firefox

Step 2: Install the "User Agent Switcher" add-on for Firefox

Step 3: Switch your user agent to something with the word "Windows" in it

Step 4: Install code.google.com/p/pymazon

Step 5: Log in to Amazon, go to Amazon Cloud Player, select all tracks and hit "Download"

Step 6: Download and discard unneeded Windows software at prompt, and just keep hitting "download songs", ignoring all the warnings, until you finally get a file save/open dialogue box

Step 7: Either save the *.amz file then open it manually with pymazon, or open it directly from the file dialogue prompt with pymazon

Step 8: Hit "download" in pymazon

Step 9: Listen to music

Step 10: Be happy

Posted on 11 Apr 2013 21:11:23 BDT
M. Carter says:
Me too. Linux user, as are all my work colleagues. Harder than last time to purchase MP3s from Amazon. Buy but then can't download? Cloud Player? No thanks. I just bought an album with 100 tracks!! Will go elsewhere next time.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2013 08:36:18 GMT
I agree completely. When using amazon cloud player to download in Linux you shouldn't be limited to 1 mp3 file at a time. I have started using a program called clamz. It is command line based. Clamz can read amazon .amz files to download a whole album. Certainly worth trying it out.

Posted on 20 Mar 2013 17:25:45 GMT
I've just bought an MP3 album from Amazon and couldn't believe it when it said I would have to download the album tracks one at a time. Talk about a step backwards.

I will now be investigating alternative sources for MP3 purchases in the future until this is fixed. The problem for Amazon is that if I do find somewhere better then even if Amazon do fix this why would I come back here. Whereas before this I wouldn't have even looked elsewhere.

Very poor show Amazon.

Posted on 25 Nov 2012 17:34:27 GMT
Need to make an option to check download track and press 'Download'. Stop all this messing about with clouds.

Posted on 24 Nov 2012 18:12:04 GMT
paulfmuldoon says:
Go to 7Digital. They have better quality mp3s and they do not require a 3rd party application as the files are download in zipped format.

Posted on 24 Nov 2012 11:13:24 GMT
I have been using clamz for a few months now, it's very good *nix command line app for downloading mp3s purchased on Amazon. The config file is located under ~/.clamz/config, after a few changes am very happy. The default setting is to download mp3s to the current directory, I prefer a set directory so don't have to move the mp3s to my mp3 folder.
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