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June 4, 2006 6:48 PM   Subscribe

I'm in Canada, but the song I want is available only on iTunes USA. How can I purchase it?

When I create an iTunes account, I have to specify that I have a canadian credit card billing address. When I do so, iTunes switches me back to iTunes Canada, which doesn't have the song I want -- "Imagination" from the album Smooth Chill - The Radio Singles.
posted by randomstriker to Computers & Internet (14 answers total)
do gift cards work? or maybe you could get a prepaid credit card from the states?
posted by rbs at 6:52 PM on June 4, 2006

I think iTunes knows where YOU are, not where the gift card is. Perhaps you could ask a kind MeFite in the states (ahem:::TheDeej:::::ahem) to get it for you and make an audio CD to send in the mail.
posted by The Deej at 6:57 PM on June 4, 2006

...or just an ftp to download from a server? How hard could it be?
posted by bingo at 7:28 PM on June 4, 2006

bingo: Burning a CD of a track from the iTunes store circumvents the DRM.
posted by danb at 8:51 PM on June 4, 2006

A gift card from the US should work. For example, sites like JBox/JList sell Japanese iTunes cards so people in the US can buy songs from the Japanese store. From the instructions on the page I linked to, it seems like you just have to put in any address in the country you wish to buy from, and have a gift card for that corresponding country.
posted by zsazsa at 9:13 PM on June 4, 2006 [1 favorite]

I can attest to this working because I am In Australia, and I can still use my Canadian credit card to purchase music from over here.

No matter where you are in the world, you just need money from a country to set up an account in that country.

I'm not sure about gift cards, however. I haven't tried that. I have, however seen alot of gift cards being reqested and sold on craigslist.
posted by psyward at 12:33 AM on June 5, 2006

I was going to say just download it illegally - if they don't want to sell it to you, then don't go out of your way to buy it - but it looks like its a fairly obscure track, so I doubt you'll be able to. The site you link says it will soon be available to download on other services, so why not wait and try that?
posted by Orange Goblin at 2:21 AM on June 5, 2006

If a kind soul in the US bought it. And then just emailed the file to randomstriker (making sure to de-authorize the US computer) would the file not play once it was put on an authorized computer in Canada?
That would seem the easiest way to get the song.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:50 AM on June 5, 2006

Piracy would be the easiet way to get the song, no?
posted by chunking express at 6:37 AM on June 5, 2006

I tried buying myself a US itunes gift certificate in order to access material on the US store but it was a no go because I didn't have a US credit card with a US billing address. Very frustrating.
posted by aclevername at 7:14 AM on June 5, 2006

Piracy would be the easiet way to get the song, no?

Depends on what you mean by "easy."
posted by kindall at 8:53 AM on June 5, 2006

As in, it wouldn't involve trying to get a credit card with an American address, or getting someone in the US to buy the song, strip the DRM, and email it to you.

I'm not sure how easy it is to find the song on various p2p networks though, so it could be hard.

The album isn't worth the 10 bucks?
posted by chunking express at 12:46 PM on June 5, 2006


"Legal" Russian service that sells music at about $1.00 per CD. Takes any kind of currency but whenever I purchase anything from this site I get a call from my credit card company saying "YOUR CARD IS STOLEN! PANIC TIME IS NOW". I'm satisfied with their service.
posted by Sabrick at 8:35 PM on June 5, 2006

My sister (who lives in NYC) bought me a (US) iTunes gift certificate once, but I was unable to use it because (a) my existing itunes account was registered in Canada and (b) i couldn't set up a new US-based itunes account because I didn't have a US credit card. Ended up just giving it back to her! So not sure if the gift certificate idea is a good one. The differences between the various stores can be really frustrating at times -- there's tonnes of good music on the UK Store that I'd like to buy... if it weren't still at a crappy 128kbps bitrate, of course.
posted by modernnomad at 6:34 AM on June 6, 2006

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