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US customer needs to buy mp3 album from UK Amazon but geographical restrictions block me. Help!


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Initial post: 3 Dec 2011 09:26:06 GMT
The Magic Of Dusty Springfield

The Magic Of Dusty Springfield

92 tracks

How can I get beyond the geographical restrictions and purchase this mp3 album? Sadly this is not available in the US.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Posted on 3 Dec 2011 11:03:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2011 11:04:02 GMT
meep_meep says:
The MP3 tracks are sold without DRM from Amazon so you could get a friend in the UK to buy them for you. Transfer the money to them then they can send you the music using something like Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com/). They then can delete the music off their harddrive. I'm not sure of the legalities of someone else purchasing the music for you. I would think that you can buy music for a friend as a present via Amazon MP3 and transfer them the music?

You can also use a VPN to log onto Amazon UK but then you would still need a UK credit card.....

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 04:31:22 GMT
music mad says:
im a british person living in germany and wna buy this not happy as to download on amazon.de its 13 euros odd but iv used amazon.co.uk for years not happy im not allowed to download this here because of geographical restrictions which has forced me to buy this album else where

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 11:04:11 GMT
Hi. I'm an American living in the UK and will be in the US from 20 Dec 2011 - 10 Jan 2012. Maybe I can bring it home and ship it to you from California. Let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 14:51:07 GMT
Many thanks for your offer, Michael! I actually have the 4CD/3DVD set on pre-order but its release has been delayed several times. I am eager to hear the new audio tracks and was going to purchase the digital version to tie me over until the physical version is finally released; however, the geographical restrictions prevent me from downloading it :(

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 14:52:36 GMT
Thanks for this suggestion, meep_meep! I have a couple of friends in the UK but none have been available to chat in recent days so I am unsure if I will be able to manage this transaction with any of them :(

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 14:53:15 GMT
Sorry to hear you are also having trouble with ordering this download album, music mad. It's frustrating for both of us!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 21:45:53 GMT
Lady Lizzie says:
Hello. Do you have the download yet? Let me know as i'm quite happy to buy for you and put onto a USB and send to you or send the tracks via email. Which ever you think would be best.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 03:09:38 GMT
WOW that would be absolutely brilliant. How do we get in touch? Many thanks in advance for your kind offer :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 17:51:29 GMT
Lady Lizzie says:
We can arrange details via email,if that is ok with you...? I don't think there is any way of sending "private posts" (if there is,please feel free to do so!) here so if you can pop an email addy in your reply to this and i'll check my email for the notification and then you can remove your post (don't want you being spammed!!)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 19:02:12 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 19:05:32 GMT
Lady Lizzie says:
got your email! feel free to delete your post :)

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 19:00:34 GMT
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Posted on 10 Dec 2011 16:02:36 GMT
SussexWasp says:
Like Music Mad I'm a British person, temporally living abroad in Luxembourg, with a permanent UK address and credit card and I'm really frustrated that I can't download an album because of geographical restrictions - I'm still in the EU.

Begs the question, "What gives Amazon the right to restrict the free movement of people, goods or services with the EU?"

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 18:31:33 GMT
Matt F says:
Amazon are not making the restrictions. They are only obeying the instructions of the record labels.

Unfortunately, music still gets licensed per-country - so the record label that has the UK rights might not be the same entity as for the USA, and they might choose to make different deals with retailers (selling digitally on Amazon or not, for example).

In your particular situation, you could look for a VPN service with a UK end-point - this would get you around the IP-based geographic restriction.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2011 20:15:52 GMT
Tukukino says:
Grrrr I symathise. I am a UK citizen, UK Bank account, UK addresss, spent the last few years in NZ now in Canada and have no end of trouble with downloads and purchases. Right now, I can d/load the album I want from Amazon.co.UK for £7:99 but can't do that because I'm not there. I could do it from Amazon.com for $10 but only if I'm an American customer, living in the States. Here in Canada I can only order the CD for $57! They can get stuffed, I'll try i-Tunes and if they won't let me do it, I'll find a torrent and download the f*cking thing for free.

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 17:06:28 GMT
DKB says:
Hullo, best way to get around restrictions is to use a vpn.....but you need to have a valid UK (or US) address

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011 11:30:02 GMT
J M Johnson says:
how do i use a VPN? I am in Sydney and wish to download from UK websites? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2011 22:19:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2011 11:06:24 GMT
Ian Smith says:
Download Expat Shield from C-Net or other trusted source..it does have an annoying amount of popups, but it does the job of making it look like you're in the UK..I just did it and can watch BBC iPlayer from Spain and hope to download from Amazon..lovely! UPDATE : sadly not working with Amazon...yet!

Posted on 19 Dec 2011 00:55:46 GMT
J M Johnson says:
Hey Ian - great idea, and I have looked it up, but I think this is for Windows - does anyone know how to do it on a Mac?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 10:54:04 GMT
did you download expat shield and did it work, I am in melbourne and have the same problem as you

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 10:56:05 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2011 11:05:25 GMT
Ian Smith says:
I regret that although Expat Shield works for BBC iPlayer, I can't make it work for Amazon downloads yet.
Sorry for my previous misleading remarks.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2011 09:42:19 GMT
T. Niina says:
Hi Lady Lizzie, would you help me too? I am a Finn living in Finland.

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 01:24:35 GMT
Nom de Plume says:
There seems to be potential here for people to share what we can freely access in our particular country- i've no idea how legal that is? I get mad over UK downloads for country music. So many major stars have no downloads in the UK (Jason Aldean for example- up for Grammies, but not on Download in the UK) though the CDs are on sale and you can import them for around £8 but then you see they're on Amazon.com and iTunes US for $4 an album. Luckily i have family resident in the US, but i'd rather be able to just buy direct here. It's a 20th century solution in the second decade of the 21st century. Typical of the record industry
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