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iTunes etc.

As someone with a US credit card, iTunes believes I live in the US. Thus it offers me the free Song of the Week for the US market each week. I often find this funny. The goal of the free song of the week is to introduce prospective buyers to obscure musicians we're not so likely to have heard of. Recently, this has included Duffy and the Ting Tings.*

Does iTunes do the same sort of thing for UK or European users? Are the results more resolutely obscure or not?

* New, but not at all obscure current musical performers from the UK.



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May. 9th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
yes they do, and as I yet I have to recognise, or hear of again, any of their free offers.
May. 9th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
this week is Jack McManus, but I haven't tagged any of the others I downloaded for free so I can't let you know who they were - sorry!
May. 9th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
I might well not know them either. I'm much more up-to-date with the music market here than the American one, say.
May. 9th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
I get the Canadian one, and yes, they do. I'm amazed, though, that they recognize you as USan, as I thought they logged the IP address, because of copyright things (ie, there are tons of things I can't get on the Cdn iTunes, like television shows)
May. 9th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Part of me is very pleased that they think I'm USan, as it can sometimes be a pain to convince companies that yes! really! I may be visiting a country, but that doesn't mean I live there, have a relevant credit/debit card, or even a mailing address. It's nice to successfully place mail orders no matter where I am.

I think I was living in Canada when I set up iTunes account, so from the beginning they could have pegged me as being from somewhere else; but apparently, my credit card, not my physical location, determines my nationality. Perhaps it's because I have a US billing address to go with it?

(For six months I tried to have a Canadian billing address with my US card, but it didn't work because of how the credit card company had international addresses set up: it never matched up with City/State/Country fields in online forms - and was thus useless to me, since I was unable to use my credit card to order anything that way.)
May. 10th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
"New, but not at all obscure..."

I have to admit, I've never heard of them... I'm not sure whether that places them as *really* obscure or part of the current Top 10 though :-)
May. 10th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
Between friends posting links to YouTube videos, the bands appearing on Later with Jules Holland, and things like that, I've encountered both multiple times in the past few months.
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