November 9, 2010

アマゾンMP3ストア、海外からは買えないのね:Amazon MP3 launched in Japan ( but no download overseas)

Amazon MP3 Store has been finally launched in Japan, and Giz staff is busy downloading free tunes.

At iTMS Japan, you cannot use your credit card issued overseas.  Instead, we should enter pin code of iTMS gift cards purchased in Japan.  With Amazon.co.jp, though, I usually use my credit card issued in the US to buy physical products like books and foods and get them shipped to my address in Japan.  "If I could do just that at MP3 Store, that would be great!" I thought. Only to get this warning; 

Important Message
We're sorry. We could not process your order because of geographical restrictions on the product which you were attempting to purchase. Please refer to the terms of use for this product to determine the geographical restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Ah....of course not. Do they have a giftcard?  Please?

I also noticed that imported albums are a bit more expensive over there, maybe partly because of strong yen. For example, The 99 Most essential Brahms Masterpieces costs 900 yen, 333 yen higher than the US retail price of  $6.99 (567 yen). 

Related: No Amazon MP3 downloads overseas


Amazon MP3ストアがやっと日本版でもオープンになり、ギズのみなさんも早速使ってる

iTunes Music Store日本版は日本で買ったギフトカードのコードを入力しないと買い物できないけど、アマゾン日本版はアメリカ発行のクレジットカードで本とか買い物して日本の届け先に送ることができるから、もしかしてMP3ファイルも…ウシシ…と思ってワンクリックボタン押したら、こんな警告が…。

重要なお知らせ
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が~ん。ま、そっか。しょうがないよね。ギフトカードあるのかな?




因みに「ブラームス名曲99選」の値段を日米比べてみたら、円高のせいかAmazon.comの方が6.99ドル(567円)で333円安かった。そんなことより日本の曲、DRMフリーで買いたかったなあ。

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