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Initial post: 7 Dec 2008 20:40:16 GMT
I am trying to add tracks to my Amazon basket but I keep getting a message saying that I can't due to geographical restrictions. All of my details are registered as in UK and still no joy.

Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2008 10:07:17 GMT
Cirrus says:
Your details may be set to indicate you are in the UK, but are you really? If, say, you are actually abroad Amazon will be able to detect from which Internet Service Provider you are using and the IP address they allocate you exactly where you are.

If you are in the UK it may be your ISP needs to do some tweaking or that Amazon need to look at how they are handling geographical determination.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2008 15:09:33 GMT
grimbo says:
If you are in the UK but using a work connection then the "end point" may not be in the UK (e.g. I worked for an American company so the IP address was registered in the US - and our access to the outside world was via the US servers / proxies.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2008 10:58:21 GMT
piper says:
I'm in Portugal, does that mean I can't use the MP3 download?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008 19:08:43 GMT
Memo says:
I was looking forward to mp3 downloads fom Amazon UK. The geographical restrictions were a major disappointment. Not a word about whether they might eventually be lifted. I suppose I'll just have to apply those restrictions to all my shopping at Amazon UK.

Posted on 21 Feb 2009 00:12:22 GMT
asturiaz says:
Very sad, but the message of the music industry is clear: downloading legally is more difficult than downloading illegally. Draw your own conclusion...

Posted on 22 Feb 2009 04:10:11 GMT
I'm a UK citizen with a UK Amazon account but travel a great deal for work, i-tunes UK store happily sells me music so why cannot Amazon - it would seem to me that in these financially troubled times companies need to wake up to the reality that it is the customer that pays the wages not the industry.

Meanwhile its back to i-tunes

Posted on 22 Feb 2009 07:05:47 GMT
I don't understand the logic of geographical restrictions. If you are in the UK you cannot bootleg CDs, whereas outside UK you can?

Posted on 22 Feb 2009 10:04:50 GMT
Could someone please explain this geographical area thing tried to buy Stephen Marley acoustic Mind Control told it is only available in the usa cannot buy cd cannot download WHY I thought that was what the internet was about communications all over the world be able to buy from anywhere. So who is it puts these limitations on stuff then Companies, Artist, WHO Someone please tell us Meanwhile i guess its back to illegal downloads then

Posted on 22 Feb 2009 12:21:27 GMT
Burbank says:
If there is ever a reason for music piracy...this is it! Just another example of record companies not getting with the program and trying to control what is already out of their hands.

Posted on 27 Feb 2009 01:52:19 GMT
Sadly geographical restrictions are becoming more & more common. I've also noticed that major websites like Amazon and Ebay are tending towards regionalisation through regional settings. It's ironic that whilst the global market is naturally increasing through Internet communication, comporations are trying to lock down their products through excessive control and are in effect imposing division and fragmentation on the market. What could, and should be an easy thing is being made increasingly complicated and osbtacle-ridden.

Posted on 20 Feb 2010 20:18:59 GMT
Geographical restrictions are ridiculous. I want to be a nice person and buy music when it became finally really affordable, why are you making it so difficult. It wont take me longer than 5 min to get anything I want other way. Wake up you make money and make me happy.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2010 10:36:45 GMT
I agree. What Amazon is doing is worse than spam; advertise products by email which you can not purchase!

Posted on 25 Feb 2010 15:45:16 GMT
Paul Schram says:
I don't get the geographical thing either. About a month ago I heard a song by the English band "The Yeah You's". iTunes Canada didn't have it so I tried amazon UK. They had it but didn't let me download the MP3 version of the album. My question is this. Why can't I download the MP3, but they'll let me order the actual cd and ship it to me in Canada. What's the difference? I ended up finding it on out of the U.S. They shipped the cd now problem for a fraction of the cost of ordering it from

Posted on 27 Feb 2010 14:31:58 GMT
D. Kane says:
I wanted to buy the track The Ballad of Ritchie Lee by Spiritualized, but couldn't, because it was only offered as an MP3 download in the US.

What makes this all the more annoying and frankly ridiculous is the fact that Spiritualized are a British band, yet British people can't buy their songs.

When you can't buy it legally, what choice do you have?

Posted on 28 Feb 2010 15:03:31 GMT
Rob says:
Yes, I have experienced exactly the same issue. I am in the UK, and wished to buy and download an album featuring tracks by one of my favourites (little-known) artists, Shuggie Otis, from The site informed me that I could not, "for copyright reasons". This is stupid on so many levels.

As others have pointed out, restrictions are being put in the way of obtaining content legally, yet this does not hamper illegal downloading. They are making it more difficult to give them money, and encouraging people to find ways around the restrictions they impose.

Posted on 2 Mar 2010 11:08:25 GMT
Inessa says:
I am in the UAE, I have a UAE IP address and UAE credit card and billing and delivery address - why am I not able to download MP3s?

Posted on 6 Mar 2010 22:00:02 GMT
TurraDave says:
The record companies put these restrictions on the retailers and our craven politicians are happy for them to rip us, the consumer, off. This is also why so many record companies are in financial trouble when they make it so difficult to buy their wares! It isn't piracy that's killing the industry - they don't need outside help!

Posted on 9 Mar 2010 16:17:25 GMT
B. Dines says:
It's a chart thing. Anything bought through Amazon UK counts towards the UK charts so anyone outside the UK would have influence over the charts and so the restrictions are in place to stop this from happening. Also, royalties are paid to/different organisations in different countries as well which I suspect also has something to do with this.

Posted on 13 Mar 2010 13:00:57 GMT
S. Peter says:
I really prefer buying stuff than illegal downloads. I have about 300-400 albums at home - purchased legally. What is this geographical restriction? There is no reason in this at all. I wanted to BUY songs to SPEND MONEY on I guess I need to install a BitTorrent client... :(

Posted on 14 Mar 2010 15:09:49 GMT
Thanks, Amazon, for making it impossible (I'm in Sweden, big deal!?) to buy MP3s. Amazon: You suck. Note that Emusic doesn't do this, for example. Amazon: You suck, your offer sucks, your service sucks, your geographical restrictions suck.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2010 19:19:39 GMT
S. Peter says:
Hi Johan,

Thanks for the recommendatio (eMusic). I go and check it right this very moment.



In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2010 22:40:19 GMT
Gareth Evans says:
I'm sorry to say, but eMusic does apply geographical restrictions as well. I want to buy some Nightwish from eMusic, but the albums I want are not available in my region. As many here have said, why is the music industry making it so hard to buy music legally?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2010 01:20:41 GMT
S. Peter says:
Two months ago I bought the album of a band who sells their music MP3 on the Internet without using any publishers. It was soooo easy and convenient and cheap...

Posted on 16 Mar 2010 15:48:38 GMT
It's all about the revenue they can extract in different geographical areas as far as I can tell. MP3's are cheaper in the US than in Europe, and some albums are only available to the US as Mp3 to create
higher revenue for the record companies through CDs in Europe. It's the same with software.

You can try VPN to change your geographical location, but your credit card will still be in the wrong place.
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