Buying mp3 music from Amazon.com from outside the US


TLDR: Just wanna get on with buying mp3 music from Amazon.com outside of the US? See the steps below the image.

Disclaimer: I have no idea whether this is legal or OK; it may be against the terms of service for Amazon, or the laws in the US or your own country. This isn’t something I’m going to do wholesale, and neither should you – but if you want one album and you can’t find it anywhere other than Amazon.com, see below. As such, I cannot be held responsible for any outcomes from following these instructions.

Buying digital media is still a pain. All I wanted to do was pay an artist for their music that I love, because their album slipped off the streaming service I use. What an exercise in futility. Try their website; nope not there. iTunes? On Windows? No thanks. iTunes doesn’t have a browser based store because… reasons!? Try Amazon.co.uk (I’m UK based), nope… just the physical album and vinyl(?!).

So I contact them on Twitter: they suggest buying from Amazon with the ‘autorip’ feature. Amazon UK doesn’t seem to have it, or at least their album isn’t enabled for it. Sigh.

I found the album in mp3 form on Amazon.com but was receiving this error when trying to use my UK debit card:
Your payment method must be issued by a bank local to the Amazon.com marketplace

Your payment method must be issued by a bank local to the Amazon.com marketplace
Your payment method must be issued by a bank local to the Amazon.com marketplace

Anyway…

I found I could buy from Amazon.com, but I had to:

  1. buy a USD gift card on Amazon.com for the amount that the album costs
  2. apply that gift card to my account in Amazon.com
  3. sign-up for a US bank issued debit card using https://www.virtualcards.us/
    note: I didn’t have to top it up, if you go back to the dashboard you get the card details without topping it up
    There’s no identity verification to get to the point where you get the card details, so feel free to input whatever you like. The only places you need to be truthful are:

    • an email address – you need to receive a confirmation
    • a mobile phone number – you need this to receive an SMS with the card’s PIN in order to view the card number and CVV
  4. add that card to my Amazon account, and use it at payment time
    despite not actually intending to charge anything to it, its just a requirement for buying music in from Amazon US

BOOM mp3 music from Amazon.com without restrictions for me to use where I please!


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