bubudi wrote:try payplay, cdbaby and mondomix. emusic looks good too. itunes and amazon are among the worst options for people living outside america due to region limitations on mp3 downloads.
That's true for all sites that offer downloads, due to the legalities of licensing, etc. There's plenty on eMusic that's up for grabs in Europe but not in the US, and vice versa. The thing is, eMusic is dealing with a number of companies that are set up to handle licensing for *many* small/independent labels (like IODA and The Orchard) - at this point, Amazon isn't. (You can potentially get around the regional licensing restrictions *if* you either have a credit card with a billing address in the country where the downloads are available, or if a friend is willing to purchase them for you and send them on. But neither option is feasible for most of us.)
i would really like to see music downloads available on this site. we could have many djembe/dunun/tama/sabar/bougarabou players available, plus some of the independent african singers and instrumentalists. anyone second the idea?
It would be nice, but dealing with all of the administrative/legal/technical/etc. stuff involved is a lot
of work - running a whole separate business, really. You might want to check with Drumskull on this, as they've started to offer MP3 downloads of CDs and could likely provide some advice on how to go about it. (Ditto for CD Baby, though their situation is different, since they combine distribution with retail sales of physical discs and downloads. Might sound jargony, but as an ex-record store person, i can tell you that this is all more complex than it might appear at 1st blush.)
Brad Powell, who runs Calabash (which has partnerships with Afropop Worldwide and National Geographic) would be a good source for info., too. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calabash_Music
for more. (I can't seem to locate the actual parent site for Calabash, which is odd... I've corresponded with him in the past; he was the 1st to open an independent download store geared toward "world music" and is a very nice guy.)
Maybe a year or two down the road, though?