I have really had it with the music industry. In they year 21012 they still have not got their act together and found a way to legally distribute their music to the world for a fair price. I live in Australia, those of you familiar with geography will know it is pretty much the most isolated continent in the world. Shipping things to and from Australia is expensive and takes a long time. When I buy music in Australia, I like to rip the music onto my hard drive so I can play it without needing to use a CD. Far out right? Once I have ripped the CD, I no longer have any use for it other than collecting dust. Second thing about Australia - everything here costs much more than it does anywhere else. The Ipad costs more, iTunes costs more, they keyboard I am typing this on costs more. If I want to buy a CD for some reason, that also costs more. Also, because Australians are cultural philestines, the selection of classical music is pretty awful. If I want to buy a decent recording of classical music, I am pretty much left to ordering from overseas, which means expensive postage, having to wait, and having to find somewhere to put the useless CD once I have ripped it.
Now a while ago I discovered a website that sells music to download in high definition and though "excellent, I can finally download high definition music AND not have to pay postage." I browsed through some music, selected a few albums I liked, registered my details and went to check out. The website prompts me that unfortunately the music is not available in Australia, even though I can enter all my detail perfectly well into the registration page. This made me quite cross as I had already selected the music I wanted and went through all the motions that would lead to a more fortunately located individual receiving high definition music to download in exchange for money. For a while I gave up on the idea of finding music I would like to buy on the internet.
More recently, I came across a recommendation on the internet to have a look at a certain record label exclusively releasing classical music - in fact some of the best redbook classical recordings available anywhere (anywhere but Australia.) This record label, I was told, accommodated purchase of FLAC download of most of their albums again I got really excited - a seemingly endless supply of excellent recordings of every imaginable piece of classical music I could ever want to buy was seemingly at my fingertips. While browsing the music, I find a tab to change my country to Australia - excellent, I think, this website is going to work. I went through but a small fraction of the catalogue of the record label, listened to some samples of several albums and again selected some music to purchase. I go to checkout, enter my details, and again a prompt comes up telling me that music is not available to download in my country. Now I am very angry.
Australia is not some backwater third world country -we have a captitalist economy, a globalised economy and a generally forthright approach to civil litigation. Our standard of living is quite high and as a whole we are a very wealthy country. Apparently though, we are not trustworthy enough to be allowed to legitimately download electronic copies of music from any but the largest and most power hungry music distribution services in the world. What the the supposed problem with letting Australian's legitimately purchase electronic copies of music?!?!
If they can't be bothered to offer download services to Australia, I can't be bothered to order CD's from them and pay postage.