Yes I know. This is getting old, but again a real life story on how even new distributors or missing the boat, or are forced to miss the boat.

A true story: A few days ago, a US based friend needed a specific soundtrack for a project. As it was needed now, downloading was the only option. She found three sources: amazon.de (the German variant), amazon.co.uk, and a site called legalsounds.com. Both amazon sites refused “due to geographic restrictions”. The legalsounds sounded fishy to her, so she asked me if I could maybe find it. I tried to purchase it too. I am not in Germany, nor the in the UK, and not suprizingly, I got the same refusals. Legalsounds was pay first try later and a simple whois showed the site was registered in Russia and the company based in Canada. Err, maybe not eh?

So, what to do? I found a torrent and had the entire album in under 25 minutes, no hassle (by the way, using Transmission, standard application on the Ubuntu install). Dropped the files to her and be done.

Now, before throwing theft accusations: the project is both professional and rather public, and license fees for the usage of the music will be payed. What I am trying to get across is: people willing to pay for a product, in this case a digital product), are being put off actually purchasing it, only to find it in no time for free. How that can be a smart business model is truly beyond me. And even if that had not been the case, only one willing friend in either Germany or the UK would have been the only thing needed.

ps: Same, but different: I want to have a Sony eReader PRS-600. Two clicks on (mark you) Sony’s website shows it does $ 169.99 in the US. The largest online book retailer in Europe now has a spectacular rebated price of Euro 249, roughly $320. Now guess where this eReader will be purchased? And mind you, local content for these devices here is roughly….. zero. English out-of-copyright content is fantastic though, i.e. http://www.feedbooks.com/

I just don’t get how business people make these kinds of decisions.