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Posted on 10 Nov 2015 17:47:47 GMT
Guess I'll have to join the choir here. Tried out prime for the "unlimited videos" and I can't watch anything!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2015 13:28:15 BDT
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Posted on 25 Apr 2015 18:37:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2015 18:48:27 BDT
Marilyn says:
I don't understand this stupidity of geographical restrictions. I am trying to rent (not purchase) an online movie from I live in the UK... I just want to rent an online movie in a couple of clicks but I have spent the last 15 minutes trying to rent a movie on their site. Any movie I click on has 'geographical restrictions'. It's ridiculous. Why do I get the message about the geographical restrictions if I am using a site and I live in the UK?? It probably makes sense to them over there. Certainly, not to me here.

And no, I don't want to try your scam Prime service and provide you with my CC details. I just want to rent a movie every now and again whenever I please, isn't that the objective? I was very happy with my Lovefilm account and now that the big sharks have arrived, they have just messed everything up, as usual.

Posted on 14 Jan 2015 19:11:24 GMT
Miss G. says:
Why is the instant video and music feature advertised so heavily when there are these 'geographical restrictions' aren't worked out yet? I'm quite disappointed. I think I would have used this service quite a lot, if it worked. Where do you have to live then, the US?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2015 03:41:38 GMT
It's not Amazon's decision. It's the decision of the major distributors: Universal, Warner, Sony etc who live in a pre-internet world for content licensing.

The same thing happens with iTunes, which has 90-odd different local stores with different content and different prices. Apple has preferential deals with all of the majors that essentially lock the world into the old ways - and Apple makes a princely sum for being toll-collector.

Posted on 9 Jan 2015 03:16:03 GMT
Geographical restrictions just don't make any kind of logical sense whatsoever! As I understand it, the business world is supposed to be all about money. Makes sense. But what I really don't understand at all is why Amazon goes out of their way to prevent anyone from purchasing music or movies outside the USA. (I live in Canada. It's not exactly far - it's adjoining all along the USA's northern border!) If (and I say IF) it were about the money, the USA Amazon could still let non-USA customers purchase their music/movies but just charge some kind of a simple TARIFF. (It's certainly not like they don't have the technology.) I know that the USA-Canada border used to charge a TARIFF on merchandise over a certain amount. I'm not sure if they still call it that - I think now they refer to it as something like a "duty" or "import tax." So, Amazon (or anyone else, for that matter) could simply implement some similar type of charge, or tariff. They could call it something like a "geographical import charge," and that way, the money gets flowing where it should, and everyone is happy. Simple. A small child could think of that, for God's sake!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2013 10:30:07 BDT
Pearlfisher says:
These geographical restrictions are just bureaucratic nonsense! It all adds up to protectionism! France is doing its best to prevent Amazon delivering books free, get real the world need competitiveness.

Posted on 15 Oct 2013 10:22:44 BDT
I can't download tv shows or movies because of the geographical restrictions

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Oct 2013 19:46:52 BDT
@ B.Dines
If its just a chart thing that would be no problem. I mean, they know where you come from, so they could just count it to your area and not to the area the amazon shop is located at. For example I from Germany buy an album from US. So they give my chart vote to Germany instead of US. The reason is something else.
The music industry just likes to demonstrate how mighty they are and likes to bully us all. And they are of the opinion that we need them, we need theyr products. But actually we don't need them. They need us, they need our money.
But very stupid. Bullying doesn't make you want to buy anything.

Posted on 30 Sep 2013 12:14:28 BDT
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Posted on 26 Sep 2013 17:30:06 BDT
I emailed Amazon USA this week about mp3 geographical restrictions because it prevents me from buying some of my favourite songs and I feel its wrong. I received the below response. I'd suggest that everyone who feels the same let them know too.

"We are getting many feedback regarding this and we have already escalated this issue to our Amazon MP3 specialist team."

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 17:27:53 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2013 14:08:15 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2013 00:32:05 BDT
Contact customer service. They will want to know your ISP and possibly IP address.

Posted on 23 Sep 2013 11:13:46 BDT
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Posted on 16 Sep 2013 17:23:37 BDT
pmg says:
Geographical restrictions suck. I want a song that is an Amazon exclusive........grrrrrrr......hope it's just a barrier thing of the present and not of the future.

Posted on 30 Jul 2013 22:07:12 BDT
Bob Noble says:
The geographical restriction is mostly (if not all) caused by the larger record labels and is something of an old "habit" which should be allowed to die (due to the internet being a worldwide system LOL). A song may be published in the USA under one record label but also published in the UK under a different label.

However, most indies will just click on the "I want to sell to all countries and territories" option when adding their indie music to their distributor's system. This may not be the case for cover versions of particular songs due to the problems with large publishers and having to locate the copyright holders (or going through an agent who requires an up-front fee).

I don't know why Amazon can't accept the "global publishing rights" metadata for indie tracks and offer it to world-wide customers. That would be perfectly legal for Amazon to do so if the indie artist has indicated such a preference. It could help the customer stay within the Amazon "family" as they might get a better deal via another country but the payment would still go to Amazon instead of another sales outlet.

I currently have a number of albums and singles available on AmazonMP3 (such as Scheherazade Through the Saxophone) and it really wouldn't bother me if someone in the UK bought my music on (for instance).
If you can't get a particular MP3 album from Amazon due to country restrictions, I would suggest you take a look on somewhere like CDBaby who is a distribution service for indies and they deliver a large number of indie music to Amazon for sale (and also sell to the public via Direct Download and physical CDs).


In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 20:00:34 BDT
Interesting. Never heard of that program. I will check it out as that type of stuff is not my strong point. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 18:32:21 BDT
DD says:
Interesting. I guess it's record company specific. I always load all my downloaded MP3 files into something called MediaMonkey which lets me strip out their metadata and fix the wrong ID Tags they always use. I don't recall ever seeing a correct tag that had the artist name, song name, album name, and original release year all correct. I bet that song id indicator is probably not just a catalogue number over here either, it probably includes the user account here too. Glad I stripped 'em all out :) Not that I've given any of them to other people.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 18:24:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Apr 2013 18:25:05 BDT
Unless its different on the UK Amazon, I just assumed that was across the board. On the US Amazon Amazon some of the albums/songs (the Muppets soundtrack is an example) have a note that says "Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier"

I contacted Amazon USA about this out of concern and this is a quote from the email they sent me:

The unique identifiers include an encrypted order ID number, the first part of the e-mail address (the part before the @ symbol) associated with your account, and a date and time stamp. The unique identifiers are embedded in the metadata of each Universal Music Group MP3, along with our store name, codes that identify the album and song (the UPC and ISRC), our digital signature, and an identifier that can be used to determine whether the audio has been modified. The unique identifiers include only textual data and do not include any digital rights management software or other software.

The unique identifiers do not encrypt or restrict access to the MP3 files and do not impact which media players and devices can play the files. The unique identifiers do not alter the playback experience in any way or affect your ability to copy, store, transfer, and burn the MP3 files."

It just makes me uncomfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 17:51:43 BDT
DD says:
Personal metadata? I only saw (last time I looked) a song id indicator. I haven't downloaded from them for a month or two, maybe they changed.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2013 17:45:02 BDT
My thoughts exactly Mike. In addition to music being region restricted, I'm starting to wonder if its a good idea to even purchase digital music any more. When I buy mp3s from Amazon USA/Itunes that have that company required metadata I always feel uncomfortable- that personal information is up for grabs if someone ever steals my ipod. True it can be removed, but when the record labels start treating their customers as criminals thats not right.

Posted on 18 Apr 2013 03:57:05 BDT
Mike says:
And the record labels wonder why people pirate music.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2013 20:29:41 GMT
You can always check the details of the vendor for the item to see what their postage policy is. Otherwise just use ABE or bookfinder to locate used books No hassles with Amazon vendors who won't post internationally

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2013 18:25:54 GMT
Don Juandre says:
Hi DD... thanks for that and you may well be right... However it was very quick work... the message flashed up straightaway - same as it does for the download. Bear in mind this was on a sunday morning! However ...(cue Twilight Zone theme)... this was not quite the end.The slightly sinister twist was in the tale was the email I recieved (from Amazon Fr.) It ran -in french - 'Your Amazon Fr. order, no.etc etc was cancelled because '
And that was the end! No full stop,nothing. And try as I might, over 2 countries, in 2 languages... not one more word could I get out of them on the subject!
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