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Tues­day 14 July 2009 15:37

Oc­ca­sion­al­ly I buy some Coke, so oc­ca­sion­al­ly I should get a free down­load from iTunes. The is­sue is that iTunes is split up into provin­cial stores, and if you have an ac­count in one area, that doesn't count for an­oth­er area. So my Dutch iTunes ac­count is pret­ty use­less in Ger­many, and the free down­load with the Coke is only valid in the Ger­man iTunes store. It's pos­si­ble to trans­fer my Dutch ac­count to a Ger­man area ac­count, but for some rea­son they need my cred­it card data. But I only want to get my free down­load and am not plan­ning to buy any­thing in that store, so they can just fuck off with their an­noy­ing crap. And now I'm sup­posed to feel guilty down­load­ing mu­sic for free from an­oth­er source?

The Playsta­tion Stores are also split, and some down­loads you can only get in a lo­cal store, so you have to log into an ac­count set up for that area. Ac­counts aren't trans­fer­able be­tween area's for some rea­son, so I can't even use the Ger­man Playsta­tion store with my main ac­count.

Add to that re­gion-codes and some ge­olo­ca­tion of IP num­bers and just mov­ing around the world fre­quent­ly you soon learn to nev­er buy dig­i­tal me­dia again, be­cause the me­dia you legal­ly bought in one coun­try don't have to work in an­oth­er coun­try and why start break­ing the law only af­ter spend­ing your mon­ey? Why is the me­dia-in­dus­try still be­hav­ing like some Honecker?

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