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Old 01-14-2011, 06:46 AM   #1
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Amazon.com - Do you really get an MP3 Download?

We just received a promotional credit from Amazon.com for supposed "MP3" downloads. Has anyone downloaded songs from Amazon.com? Are they real "MP3" files that you can burn to a CD??????

According to the advertising these are DRM free "MP3" files. The problem of course, is that before taking any offer you need to read between the lines to figure out what you are really getting. See: Troubleshooting MP3 Downloads

What makes me skeptical:
1. There is no affirmative statement that you are getting an actual file with a ".mp3" extension. Is seems that you may be getting a file with a ".amz" extension.
2. It appears that you may need Amazon.com "MP3 Downloader". I don't need another proprietary player.
3. Amazon.com only lists Windows Media Player and Apples iTunes as being compatible players. Amazon does NOT mention any capability to place your purchased music files on a CD or a USB drive. The absence of such affirmative language would seem to imply that you cannot "move" your songs and that you would be restricted to the stated proprietary players. So no listening to your music in your car?

Anyone have any experience with how this works and what you would actually getting?

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Old 01-14-2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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Re: Amazon.com - Do you really get an MP3 Download?

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We just received a promotional credit from Amazon.com for supposed "MP3" downloads. Has anyone downloaded songs from Amazon.com? Are they real "MP3" files that you can burn to a CD??????

According to the advertising these are DRM free "MP3" files. The problem of course, is that before taking any offer you need to read between the lines to figure out what you are really getting. See: Troubleshooting MP3 Downloads

What makes me skeptical:
1. There is no affirmative statement that you are getting an actual file with a ".mp3" extension. Is seems that you may be getting a file with a ".amz" extension.
2. It appears that you may need Amazon.com "MP3 Downloader". I don't need another proprietary player.
3. Amazon.com only lists Windows Media Player and Apples iTunes as being compatible players. Amazon does NOT mention any capability to place your purchased music files on a CD or a USB drive. The absence of such affirmative language would seem to imply that you cannot "move" your songs and that you would be restricted to the stated proprietary players. So no listening to your music in your car?

Anyone have any experience with how this works and what you would actually getting?
I don't know about MP3s but I have purchased audio books from there, and have been able to burn them to CDs from my Itunes.

EDIT: Although, you can only burn them 7 times I think before the liscense expires.
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Re: Amazon.com - Do you really get an MP3 Download?

I am not a technical expert on licensing control of media but there is some confusion in what they say.

The Amazon MP3 downloader copies MP3 files to a specific location on your hard drive, it is a downloading tool.

You can then just move them where you like, copy them to CDs, cell phones etc..

I do not know if there are any limits on this but can't say I have reached any and their downloader allows you to get another copy every time you trash a hard drive!

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