Want to give away my money for some legal digital music also so difficult. No wonder people use filesharing. Screw them lah, I am going to keep my money for other things.
You can now buy MP3s from Amazon.com's new Amazon MP3 store. Neat.
They have more than 2 million MP3 files to choose from, from labels like EMI and Universal, and the files are 256kbps and DRM-free (means no copy-protection), and most of the songs are US$0.89 each, less than what Apple charges for their DRM-ed stuff. This means you don't need to wait for iTunes Music Store to come to Singapore.
I installed their Amazon MP3 Downloader (works with Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS 10.4) that you need for purchasing songs. And I even got a free song, Energy, from The Apples In Stereo.
The browsing interface is not as elegant as the iTunes Music Store, of course, since you have to browse the music via the Amazon site, but it works. Previews are 30 seconds, and the tracks you download go into your iTunes with no problem.
I've been cutting down on my CD purchases lately, since I find CDs take up space, and buying from iTunes was not possible without an American credit card and address (yes I know there is some convoluted method you can get around this, but dammit, I just want to give my money and get my music easily).
Amazon allows you to purchase songs as long as you have a credit card. I did notice that the shipping address page, after you have selected your song, makes you select USA states, implying this is meant for the US only. I just chose CA for California, and some random zip code like 90210, and Amazon let the order through.
My Amazon MP3 Downloader is now downloading the songs into my Macbook, sweet.