The other day I was particular frustrated with iTunes. Yes, I know Apple are the pioneering force that is responsible for making music easily accessible online. Yes, I know Apple brought us the iPod, iPad and the iPhone. But one thing is something I’m 100% sure about: The South African Online Apple Store sucks. I could not buy Van Coke Kartel’s New album via the SA iTunes store, only via the UK or US one (which is kinda stupid because they are a South African band). I don’t know the reasons behind this, and I’m also aware of the iTunes voucher method that has been pointed out on iGeek. I feel that is why too much effort, especially since you have to fake an address if you need to do that (which seems to be impossible now as well, believe me I tried). I just think it’s stupid that now SA music is available to South Africans on iTunes via the SA store. Apple South Africa really needs to look at this if you ask me. And another sad thing is the fact that the Google Music store is also not available in South Africa yet either.
Ok, so rant over for now… The good news is that the South African Music Chain Look & Listen have launched an Online Music Store at http://www.lookandlisten.co.za/mp3/. Yes, I know there are others in the South African Online space (Like Rhythm Music Store), but this store has more than 3.5 million tracks available online (which is quite impressive if you ask me). And R9.99 a track or R99.99 for an album I think it’s quite reasonably priced (considering that some new release CDs cost up to R150 in the shops). The Look & Listen Digital Store features MP3 downloads, top MP3 songs, top MP3 albums as well as South African music downloads. All this sounds good.
I have not used this store yet, but I’d like to try it when I finally get paid this December. It will save me a trip
to the music shop. If you have used the Look & Listen Online Music Store, please comment on this post and let the readers of Running Wolf’s Rant know about your experience. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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