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Published on September 30th, 2005 | by Greg


Cheap Music- ALLOFMP3 and Why Russia Rocks

Truly Obscure’s writers insist on paying for music. Seriously, we purchase every song we listen to, and wouldn’t even consider downloading music from, say, AllofMP3.com.

Which we hear, by the way, is an incredibly diverse site/software devoted to charging for music by the megabyte. It’s run out of Russia, and is probably not any more legal here in the US than Kazaa or LimeWire. But it does offer a wide library of stuff that can be hard to find out there, and it guarantees they’ll be the real deal.

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What’s more, you get to choose the format and bitrate of songs, so if you want to use OGG or have your songs encoded in a super-high quality format (320 kbps) it’s a piece of cake. Again, we are not trying to encourage piracy, but no other music store of similar caliber offers these choices. iTunes is happy to have you download songs in their own AAC format, which isn’t compatible with every other player- and doesn’t go above 192 kbps.

Our, um, friends, have used it download several gigabytes of music, and say they have yet to experience a problem. Most songs run from 3-15 cents each, depending on the options you choose, but you have to pay by credit card in $10, $15, $25, or $50 amounts.

You can use the free, simple software or a web interface and they both function fairly well and are easy to use. In terms of music selection, AllofMP3.com won’t have every single thing you’re looking for- but they do have the latest albums from Grandaddy (a review will be coming shortly), Sigur Ros, Kanye West, Elbow, etc. In addition, their collection shines if you’re looking at certain offbeat bands, such as The Tiger Lillies (9 albums compared to Amazon’s 11 in-stock or available items) or you’re looking for some foreign albums that would be expensive to import (some of the Back to Mine series, for example).

Best of all, you can use the preview feature to listen to most of their available tracks. The quality is mediocre, and it can take a while for the track you want to finally play, but it can help you figure out whether the Emmanuelle soundtrack is worth purchasing (and yes, they have Emmanuelle 2 as well).

All in all, it’s TrulyObscure gives a big na zdorovje! to the Russians for creating a nice alternative to the highway robbery that some feel is the iTunes store. AllofMP3.com won’t be winning any awards from the RIAA anytime soon, and it sucks as a music player, but it’s probably the best place to get music online without the hassles of P2P and with more options than you can shake your iPod at.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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