[Another update: The workaround no longer works.]
[Update: There is a way around the Amazon geographical restriction thing. See here. ]
There have been a lot of raves about the new Amazon.com MP3 download service, mainly because it's 10 cents cheaper than the iTunes Music Store, and it's (allegedly) DRM-free. (I say allegedly, because I'm quite skeptical about these claims from any source, but that's besides the point here.) However, just like their awful UnBox video download service, they restrict download by 'geographical location', meaning that they probably filter by your IP address:
Well gee thanks for the concern, Amazon.
Of course, as I ranted about in my Unbox post, I can still order CDs and DVDs from them with no problems. The only difference there is the delivery medium, isn't it? This kind of backwards looking stupidity just makes me laugh.
The U.S. iTunes Music Store does allow purchases and downloads with a valid U.S. credit card. (There are the multiple other-country stores too.) That's not a perfect solution either but at least it's better than Amazon's assheadedness.
No wonder so many people go for the hassle-free, illegal download option, don't you think?