Pigs and fishes
Okay, I've never used AllOfMP3.com, but I've had a good look around a couple of times, (and I know a lot of people who've got nothing but praise for it).
I was very impressed with:
o the speed of the site - even during the much-publicised "slow downs" (RIAA DDoS perhaps?) it was faster than Wippit etc;
o the range - want some old Joan Jett, Sigue Sigue Sputnik? Yep, they're there, and in a variety of formats and qualities;
o kind of complimentary to the above - the site is easily searchable;
o the prices. Presumably they're not running at a loss, and yet they make all the "legal" services look very, very, very expensive. Even if you were to add a generous allowance for payment to the artists, and a modest payment to the record companies, the prices would still be less than ITMS, etc - why?
o DRMless. Look, if I buy something I expect to be able to use that one copy whenever AND WHEREVER I choose. Not have to license a copy to play on my PC, and another if I want to play on my iPod, and maybe one for the car (for those times I'm not using the iPod FM transmitter) is a huge plus.
So instead of relentless persecution, maybe the record companies should use this site as a pattern for their own ones! If I'm any guideline then it'd be a fantastic way of getting a lot of music (back catalog stuff perhaps) out there and keep interest in the bands going, plus extract a healthy amount of cash from the punters. I'm also concerned that the industry seems to only option of "close down" for the site, never has there been any discussion about moving AllOfMP3 onto paying reasonable licensing fees. Or wouldn't that fill up the RIAA trough enough? <grin>
Lastly, where has the equation of AllOfMP3=RussianMafia come from? Surely if this was the case then the Russian police would have no problems in closing the site down. As this doesn't appear to be the case, to my suspicious mind at least this accusation sounds suspiciously like record industry inspired FUD.
Hopefully the person who's been arresting the UK for "fraud" will get a good lawyer who will be able to point out that knowingly buying vouchers for AllOfMP3 does not square with a common-sense definition of the term "fraud". (He says fully expecting to get flamed by lawyers etc pointing out that it's in the Act so there's no common sense involved <grin>!)