Monday, May 10, 2010

Amazon offering free downloads
of jazz sampler albums

As part of its Spring Jazz Sale, is offering free .MP3 downloads of several jazz sampler albums.

There's a compilation of remastered tracks from Concord Music's Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series, with music from Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and more, and a sampler from Mack Avenue Records featuring tracks from Christian McBride, Sean Jones, Gerald Wilson and more.

Also available are the X5 Free Sampler - Jazz Legends, with tracks from Miles Davis and Rollins, and the Trippin N' Rhythm Sampler with tracks from a number of smooth jazz musicians. The Amazon jazz sale continues through May 31.

UPDATE, 1:00 a.m., 5/12/10: To download the samplers, you must use Amazon's proprietary downloading software, which then wants to send the files either to iTunes or Windows Media Player. Apparently, if you don't want to use the Amazon downloader, or prefer another .MP3 player, you're out of luck. Thanks to Tony Renner for calling my attention to the problem, apologies to anyone who unsuccessfully tried to download the files, and "boo" to Amazon for limiting what users can do with the supposedly "free" .MP3s.


Tony Renner said...

Tried to download the mp3s directly to my mp3 player but instead the Amazon downloader insisted on having the files opened in Itunes.


Dean Minderman said...

My apologies, Tony, as I hadn't noticed that the downloads require the use of that lame Amazon downloader plus either iTunes or Windows Media Player. Bah, indeed. I will update the post to reflect this unfortunate fact.