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never_stop_learning

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Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« on: October 17, 2010, 09:08:08 pm »
Inevitably, the first question the young people receiving computers through the Reno Cigar Lions Computers for Kids Program ask is: "Can we use iTunes and the ITunes Store with Vector Linux?"

We explain why iTunes won't work on Linux in general but don't really have a good alternative to offer. Many end up installing Limewire from Linux Packages but that is not, IMHO, the same.

We can point them to the Amazon.com mp3 store but they can't purchase whole albums because the Amazon mp3 Downloader is only available in RPM and DEB packages. I tried installing the RPM using MC but it did not work at all.

I found clamz which requires the libraries libgcrypt, libcurl, and libexpat. Only libgcrypt is in the Vector Repositories and I am afraid that we will lose their attention if we try to pull them into the command line too much during our 2 hour training session. In any event, clamz is a command line tool.

Has anyone had any luck installing either the Amazon Downloader RPM or DEB packages?

Is there another resource we can incorporate into our installations so that we can point the young people to legitimate sources to purchase mp3's?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 09:31:47 pm »
If all the little morons want to do is music ?
Let them sing. ::)

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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 09:47:07 pm »
If all the little morons want to do is music ?
Let them sing. ::)

We work with their teachers and have tracked improvement in homework completion, classroom participation, grades and overall attitudes since they received a computer through our program.....

Given that feedback, I have no problem with their request.
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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 09:51:08 pm »
Hmmmmm..... Been surfing around this evening. It looks like Rhapsody has opened up their mp3 store to Linux users. You can purchase mp3 albums now without downloading their windows/mac-only software.

This, in conjunction with GtkPod, may be the way to go.....  8)

It sure would be nice, though, to be able to purchase albums through Amazon.....
« Last Edit: October 17, 2010, 10:05:43 pm by never_stop_learning »
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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 12:53:30 pm »
It sure would be nice, though, to be able to purchase albums through Amazon.....

Here's a link to someone who was able to get Amazon Downloader to work in Slackware 12. I'm not sure if the version of Amazon Downloader for Fedora 8 is available, however.

http://tinyurl.com/38pq8ns
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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 02:01:00 pm »
Amarok interfaces with Magnatunes, MP3 Tunes and Jamendo.
The Wal-Mart mp3 store is supposed to work well.

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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 01:23:14 pm »
It sure would be nice, though, to be able to purchase albums through Amazon.....

Here's a link to someone who was able to get Amazon Downloader to work in Slackware 12. I'm not sure if the version of Amazon Downloader for Fedora 8 is available, however.

http://tinyurl.com/38pq8ns

Thank you, Ron. I reviewed that thread. Seems like the solution is not very reliable?
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Re: Alternatives to the iTunes Store.....
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2010, 01:46:59 pm »
Amarok interfaces with Magnatunes, MP3 Tunes and Jamendo.
The Wal-Mart mp3 store is supposed to work well.

Hi nightflier.....After further investigation, I believe that Amarok (or Exaile, Rhythmbox Audacious, Banshee, etc) plus a combination of the Rhapsody mp3 Store and the WalMart mp3 Store (for album purchases) should work to replace the iTunes Store. Plus, the students can still purchase single songs from Amazon without the downloader.

I started another thread to gather info regarding which of the audio players we should focus on.
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Desktop: Dell Dimension 5150 (P4 3ghz, 2gb ram, 80gb hd) VL 6.0 Std
Wife's Desktop: Gateway (P4 2ghz, 1gb ram, 80gb hd) VL 6.0 Std