Amazon MP3 store – a phenomenonly popular online music store. Ubuntu – a phenomenonly popular version of Linux. 64-bit x86_64 CPUs – been around for years. You’d think this was a good combination, wouldn’t you? Wrong Amazon, along with Spotify and countless others, is dismally failing to support its rapidly growing set of customers who run Linux. As I’ve said elsewhere, even if 2% of your customers use Linux, that can still be a huge number. Hopefully some day these big companies will acquire some common sense.
Anyway, in the mean time a quick google brought up the following solution:
(unfortunately this link no longer works)
Unfortunately it doesn’t work – the step which installs the manually downloaded .deb files fails due to broken dependencies. However further googling found a post from 2008 which revealed a technique based on the very useful
So here’s my solution:
- Download the 32-bit Amazon downloader app for Ubuntu 9.10.
sudo dpkg -i --force-all AmazonMP3DownloaderInstall.deb
sudo apt-get install getlibsif you don’t already have
sudo getlibs /usr/bin/amazonmp3and answer yes to the confirmation.
At this point if you try to run
/usr/bin/amazonmp3 you’ll probably hit Ubuntu bug 781870. The workaround is as follows:
export GDK_PIXBUF_MODULE_FILE=/usr/lib32/gdk-pixbuf-2.0/2.10.0/loaders.cache /usr/bin/amazonmp3
You’ll still get an error that it’s trying to load the 64-bit version of
libgvfsdbus.so thanks to Ubuntu bug 369498. I had hopes that
export GIO_EXTRA_MODULES=/usr/lib32/gio/modules would fix this, but it seems that this variable only gets honoured too late. However, apparently this issue doesn’t stop the program working so can be ignored.
Another option is to use Banshee’s built-in Amazon downloader, but even without all the politics surrounding Ubuntu’s version of Banshee this didn’t suit my tastes.
UPDATE: Wow. Just found out Amazon doesn’t support re-downloading stuff you’ve already bought. This is truly pathetic, especially considering their Android app kind of implements a locker service. From now on I’ll be using 7digital whenever I can – unfortunately their selection isn’t as big though. The quest for the perfect music services continues … :-/