AllOfMP3.com - legal cheap music?

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Hey people,
Allofmp3.com is an excellent, very well designed Russian based site for downloading music. They feature most of the current UK albums, as well as a massive library of albums. It is not P2P, rather you download either from the website like downloading any other files or you use their specially designed software.

You can download any music from the library by signing up. You can either pay a flat rate fee, or pay as you go. If you choose the pay as you go option, you are charged 1 US cent for every MB you download. You top up your account using your VISA or Mastercard etc. A good quality single would cost you about 7 cents. An album, say 70 cents. And that is about 40p.

Just wondering about the legalities of the site. A quick search for allofmp3.com on Google brings up a string of sites talking about it. One such site is found here:

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/article.../03012004f.php

The site is fully inline with Russian law according to the Russian version of the RIAA.

Check it out.
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Forgot to add another thing... you can choose what format to download your music in (wav, mp3, ogg, aac, wma) and the bitrate.
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Hey people,
Allofmp3.com is an excellent, very well designed Russian based site for downloading music. They feature most of the current UK albums, as well as a massive library of albums. It is not P2P, rather you download either from the website like downloading any other files or you use their specially designed software.

You can download any music from the library by signing up. You can either pay a flat rate fee, or pay as you go. If you choose the pay as you go option, you are charged 1 US cent for every MB you download. You top up your account using your VISA or Mastercard etc. A good quality single would cost you about 7 cents. An album, say 70 cents. And that is about 40p.

Just wondering about the legalities of the site. A quick search for allofmp3.com on Google brings up a string of sites talking about it. One such site is found here:

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/article.../03012004f.php

The site is fully inline with Russian law according to the Russian version of the RIAA.

Check it out.
thats really good!

I would mind paying for things if it was charged on this basis (I'd prob even be willing to pay a little bit more). I just think that the music industry should pull its head out from its own behind and realise they're gonna price themselves out of their own market if they don't buck their ideas up!

Its the same as with Stelios and his Easy Cinema idea - where you pay as little as 20p to watcha movie. i certainly wouldn't go to the hassle and delay of downloading a film if i just had to pay 20p.
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Surely its illegal if the artists don't receive royalties.
This is taken from the New Statesman website:

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Tuesday 24th February 2004

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE



AllofMP3.com is an legal online music retailer much like any other, but with one crucial difference: the price. At Apple's iTunes Music Store, 99 cents buys you a single track; at AllofMP3.com, $14.95 gets you 1000 tracks per month. It sounds too good to be true.

The site manages to offer such ridiculously low prices because of the peculiarities in Russian copyright law. All the music on the site is licensed by ROMS, the Russian Organisation for Multimedia and Digital Systems, and the assistant to the lawyer of ROMS assured music portal Museekster.com that: "the sites you mentioned conduct their business legally and are licensed by ROMS, in full accordance with Russian and international law".

AllofMP3.com is not only unusual with regards to its pricing model; it also features some noteworthy technology. The files it provides have no digital rights management information attached to them. This means that there are no restrictions on how many times you copy or distribute the files once they've been downloaded. The files can be copied between an unlimited number of computers and electronic devices. It is still illegal to give the files to people who have not paid for them, but AllofMP3.com clearly feel they can trust their customers to keep the law, rather than potentially crippling the files they have paid for.

The upsurge in internet music downloads has led to a drop in the purchase of CD singles. The British Phonographic Industry recorded a 31% drop in single sales in 2003, and no doubt in response to this decline, WH Smith this week announced it was to stop stocking CD singles. The online music marketplace is a buyer's market, and AllofMP3.com is, thanks to its prices, a very tempting proposition. The site demonstrates a clear understanding of the internet and how best to exploit it, applying local copyright law to a global marketplace. Whether the record industry will be as impressed with it as the public remains to be seen.

Posted by Tom Armitage at 12.08pm

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It really is a brilliant site. $20, and I've just download 2 gigs of high quality music without breaking the law.

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surely then its only legal in russia?
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Oh to be back on broadband

Are you really so concerned about breaking the law by downloading mp3s?
cant say i am really. they couldn't sue me even if they wanted to, i have no money or collaterol, and i'm old enough to be classed as independant from my parents so they can't take them to the cleaners either mwahaha
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surely then its only legal in russia?
It breaks no international laws. The RIAA obviously forgot about bribing Russian politicians when they were bribing Congress.
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Oh to be back on broadband

Are you really so concerned about breaking the law by downloading mp3s?
Yes. Because my brothers friend was fined by his university for downloading copyrighted music 2 years ago.

And yes, broadband is a wonderful thing. All 10 MBits of it...
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It breaks no international laws. The RIAA obviously forgot about bribing Russian politicians when they were bribing Congress.
lol, i'm registering anyway...
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The whole situation and legalities is argued well here:

http://www.boycott-riaa.com/article/10290

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Yes. Because my brothers friend was fined by his university for downloading copyrighted music 2 years ago.
we had emails telling us that we would get fined if we downloaded things illegally on the uni network. I'm not too worried, but have cut back on the amount i download (partly because I cant find anything i want at the mo tho)
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A mate of mine is a network guy at a uni, and he's the worst person in the world for downloading mp3s and movies! From the other side of the uni filter of course
To be honest it's fine and unless you are seriously overloading the network, the uni tends not to bat an eyelid. All they care about is kiddy porn.
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I was in trouble many a time with the network authorities in my undergrad days mainly due to excessive 'warez' downloading!
How much did they term excessive? Roughly speaking.
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I think it was more the fact that it was illegal software. In those days a 30Mb app was huge! You can probably get away with downloading hundreds of Mbs these days.
I've downloaded as much as 10 gigs in a day. But that was a rare exception.
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10gb up/down is about the norm here, most internal traffic, get away with about 4gb up/down externally (well I haven't done above it).
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Just wanted to get this thread some publicity again as so few people know of the service and even fewer use it. Allofmp3.com is still running, and it still legal.
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