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March 28, 2012, 05:30:18 AM
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Somewhere where people could send, for example, 0.1 BTC in exchange for a music download? If not, is any one working on it?

It seems like a good fit.
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March 28, 2012, 06:07:08 AM
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asking the p2p crowd to pay for mp3 files.  lol

anyway look here

http://www.thebitcoinreview.com/search.php?search=mp3
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http://www.thebitcoinreview.com/sites.php?catid=4&subcatid=35


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March 28, 2012, 06:55:21 AM
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It's not just the p2p crowd that uses bitcoin :-)

From the first link:

The first site, http://bittracks.com, has stopped selling music since mybitcoin went down:

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mybitcoin.com is down, and I cannot currently process orders.

The second site, http://www.musicafterhours.com/, does accept bitcoin, but only if you email him, and only for albums, which are $9.99 (1.8 BTC). There is no automated mp3 purchase option like iTunes.

The third site, http://www.mindalign.net/, does accept bitcoin, but sells $10 CD's worth of meditation mp3s, not music, and again, by email, not through automated purchase.

From the second link:

The first merchant, BitVinyl, sells physical vinyl records, not mp3s.

The second site, http://www.videoseconds.com/shop/, says on their site that they accept bitcoins, but after I registered and logged in, the only payment option was PayPal. It'd also be nice if a bitcoin-accepting site allowed purchases without being-a-member/logging-in.

The third site, http://www.emwires.com/bitcoinshop/, does accept bitcoin, but only sells physical CDs.

The fourth site, http://www.chantcd.com/, only sells physical CDs and books, and I couldn't find any thing on it about bitcoin.

The fifth site, http://www.darkambientradio.de, says on their site they were only accepting bitcoin until July 31st 2011, and only sell physical CDs.

The sixth site, http://www.ogdogg.com/shirts.html, does accept bitcoin (through bit-pay), but only two $6 albums, and I believe they're physical CDs.

The seventh site, http://www.realmusicshop.de/en/index, doesn't have any thing about bitcoin on it that I could find, and only sells music accessories like guitars, not music.

I think a bitcoin-accepting iTunes-like site would be good. Bitcoin is suited for small purchases like buying single mp3s, since transaction fees are so low.

Music sales would be easy to automate with bitcoin too. There is no physical product to ship, and if someone does a double spend attack, the vendor doesn't lose any thing irreplaceable. The lack of a physical product to ship also means a customer doesn't need to log in to purchase the product, since the merchant doesn't need a shipping address.
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March 28, 2012, 07:12:20 AM
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It's not just the p2p crowd that uses bitcoin :-)

From the first link:

The first site, http://bittracks.com, has stopped selling music since mybitcoin went down:

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mybitcoin.com is down, and I cannot currently process orders.

The second site, http://www.musicafterhours.com/, does accept bitcoin, but only if you email him, and only for albums, which are $9.99 (1.8 BTC). There is no automated mp3 purchase option like iTunes.

The third site, http://www.mindalign.net/, does accept bitcoin, but sells $10 CD's worth of meditation mp3s, not music, and again, by email, not through automated purchase.

From the second link:

The first merchant, BitVinyl, sells physical vinyl records, not mp3s.

The second site, http://www.videoseconds.com/shop/, says on their site that they accept bitcoins, but after I registered and logged in, the only payment option was PayPal. It'd also be nice if a bitcoin-accepting site allowed purchases without being-a-member/logging-in.

The third site, http://www.emwires.com/bitcoinshop/, does accept bitcoin, but only sells physical CDs.

The fourth site, http://www.chantcd.com/, only sells physical CDs and books, and I couldn't find any thing on it about bitcoin.

The fifth site, http://www.darkambientradio.de, says on their site they were only accepting bitcoin until July 31st 2011, and only sell physical CDs.

The sixth site, http://www.ogdogg.com/shirts.html, does accept bitcoin (through pay-payl), but only two $6 albums, and I believe they're physical CDs.

The seventh site, http://www.realmusicshop.de/en/index, doesn't have any thing about bitcoin on it that I could find, and only sells music accessories like guitars, not music.

thanks for the info, i will update thebitcoinreview.com accordingly

I think a bitcoin-accepting iTunes-like site would be good. Bitcoin is suited for small purchases like buying single mp3s, since transaction fees are so low.

Music sales would be easy to automate with bitcoin too. There is no physical product to ship, and if someone does a double spend attack, the vendor doesn't lose any thing irreplaceable. The lack of a physical product to ship also means a customer doesn't need to log in to purchase the product, since the merchant doesn't need a shipping address.

i agree with you, but i still think most bitcoiners wont pay for mp3's
If they like the music they buy the CD






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March 28, 2012, 09:33:33 AM
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back about a year ago there was a person that would take requests.  you give a list of movie or other digital content and give a "donation" in bitcoins and you would get an email back with a link to the files you requested, downloaded to an ftp server.
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March 28, 2012, 09:38:30 AM
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This would be a perfect match.

The song available in bad quality or only half the song.
Next to it a qrcode and bitcoin adress, send to it and you get to download it.

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March 28, 2012, 09:51:56 AM
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We support iTunes through PayPal. Blasted $0.30+2.9% fee screws it up for purchasing just one song though.

We used to do iTunes gift codes, but they kept locking us out of purchasing them for some reason. Sad

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March 29, 2012, 07:19:46 PM
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This would be a perfect match.

The song available in bad quality or only half the song.
Next to it a qrcode and bitcoin adress, send to it and you get to download it.

Yes exactly. I think making 30 seconds of the song available is enough for someone to get a good enough sense of what the song is like to decide whether they want to buy it.

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We support iTunes through PayPal. Blasted $0.30+2.9% fee screws it up for purchasing just one song though.

We used to do iTunes gift codes, but they kept locking us out of purchasing them for some reason.

It's always good to be able to buy things with bitcoin so it's great that you support this, but Paypal's $0.30 fixed fee for a purchase, and iTunes' restrictions, do show the advantages that a bitcoin-accepting music store would have.
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March 29, 2012, 08:28:48 PM
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Bitcoin would be great for those ultra-cheap Russian MP3 sites like AllOfMP3. Then they wouldn't have to worry about getting shut down by their payment providers.

These sites are actually pretty good for not-so-sophisticated computer users, since they can get music very cheaply without having to worry about viruses, mislabeled files, broken downloads, etc. There's probably some overlap between these not-so-sophisticated users and Bitcoin users. My dad uses SoundLike, for example.

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April 07, 2012, 12:59:04 AM
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Somewhere where people could send, for example, 0.1 BTC in exchange for a music download? If not, is any one working on it?

It seems like a good fit.

It is here:
 - http://www.CoinDL.com
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=75057.0

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April 08, 2012, 12:50:22 AM
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We support iTunes through PayPal. Blasted $0.30+2.9% fee screws it up for purchasing just one song though.

We used to do iTunes gift codes, but they kept locking us out of purchasing them for some reason. Sad
Try PayPal micro payments, it's what I use. Although it may be a bad idea if you use that PayPal account for larger payments.
https://micropayments.paypal-labs.com/
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April 08, 2012, 01:23:25 AM
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We support iTunes through PayPal. Blasted $0.30+2.9% fee screws it up for purchasing just one song though.

We used to do iTunes gift codes, but they kept locking us out of purchasing them for some reason. Sad
Try PayPal micro payments, it's what I use. Although it may be a bad idea if you use that PayPal account for larger payments.
https://micropayments.paypal-labs.com/

Ah, but my customers are paying the fee, not me. They are the sellers. Anyone using my service for micropayents should set up a separate PayPal account set with this setting if possible. Thanks for the tip!

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July 21, 2012, 03:54:45 PM
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I just aquired ~1,000 CDs that I will be offering for sale soon.

I will be offering a digital delivery /w proof of destruction.  Or physical shipping if you prefer. 

This will be 100% legal, no 'donations' or torrenting.

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July 11, 2013, 10:34:11 PM
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If you're into electronic music, http://www.digital-tunes.net accepts bitcoins (and currently has 10% discount for all bitcoin purchases) (disclaimer, I'm a shareholder )
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July 11, 2013, 10:49:22 PM
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asking the p2p crowd to pay for mp3 files.  lol

I do not pirate music.

I've thought about launching a store like this but for small bands that have not hit it big, but it will be awhile.

One of the issues I have is that I am in the united states so until the MP3 patent expires, I would be in patent violation and could only offer flac and Ogg Vorbis. Well, they say they only go after business that make more than a certain amount but I could see that happening.

Unfortunately Apple refuses to release the 64-bit QuickTime API so Ogg won't work in iTunes or in the iOS music player, and I suspect customer service issues from users of iTunes and iOS would kill me, so I have to wait for the f*#$! software patent to expire.

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July 11, 2013, 10:52:13 PM
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I just aquired ~1,000 CDs that I will be offering for sale soon.

I will be offering a digital delivery /w proof of destruction.  Or physical shipping if you prefer. 

This will be 100% legal, no 'donations' or torrenting.

Has proof of destruction been tested in court?

I don't have a problem with what you are doing, but I think you may find there are still legal issues.

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July 11, 2013, 11:01:30 PM
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I just aquired ~1,000 CDs that I will be offering for sale soon.

I will be offering a digital delivery /w proof of destruction.  Or physical shipping if you prefer. 

This will be 100% legal, no 'donations' or torrenting.

Has proof of destruction been tested in court?

I don't have a problem with what you are doing, but I think you may find there are still legal issues.
Doesn't matter... i offloaded them another way anyway

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July 14, 2013, 08:53:10 PM
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There are a few more digital goods sites / online stores.  I've seen others, but I don't remember the site name.

 - https://yumcoin.com

And others:

 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade#Digital_Downloads


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July 15, 2013, 05:32:15 AM
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Murfie music seems to be the most interesting music site I've seen that accepts bitcoins.

https://www.murfie.com/

They literally store a physical cd which they rip for you.

http://blog.murfie.com/2013/07/02/murfie-is-the-first-music-only-marketplace-to-accept-bitcoin/

I haven't tried it yet, but they do seem to have lot's of choice.

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