I've had people telling me about AllOfMp3 for ages but I'd never really checked it out until Nik Cubrilovic posted the news about their new service "allTunes" on TechCrunch a couple of days ago. This morning I've spent an hour checking it out and holy crap I'm blown away.
Imagine iTunes but based in Russia. Imagine that you can search through the 40,000 albums they have, preview any track, then click and download high bitrate mp3s for around $1-1.50 per album or about 9 cents per track.
Is it legal? According to Nik:
The reason the prices are so low is because AllOFMP3 and allTunes operate in Russia, where they claim they are complying with local copyright law and paying royalties back to artists and labels. The legality of the service is questionable, but they have been in operation for years now with no seeming threat to their existance.
Forget eDonkey. Forget XDCC. This is the smack for music. Cheap, no DRM, and high quality. You can preview and a full album will pull down in minutes.
Thank you Mother Russia! Now I finally understand the cold war! The Yanks were right to be worried about them after all. Imagine this kind of service but for TV. For DVDs. Imagine being able to pay $1 for a SEASON of your favourite TV show. For an entire DVD.