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Hi guys, do you have experience in buying music in HDTracks.com. They have a lot of music but unfortunately most music is not available in Australia (probably due to copyright/distribution reasons). I tried to use VPN to pretend myself residing in certain countries but no luck in some cases. Do you have a faster way to know which albums or artists are available for Australia store, and if it is not, which country store we can buy the songs?

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Use a VPN and it will work. I bought Tool's Fear Innocullum without issue. 

 

Just re-read your post, I'm using Torguard. Make sure  the VPN is running when making the purchase and when you download the file. Hope this helps!

Edited by dolphy

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If one wanted to access files from HDTracks, one needs to use a VPN accessing a server in the US, should be no problem. One may have to provide a US address to sign up, but it's bona fides will be irrelevant.

 

There are a number of earlier threads about alternative sites that don't have geo-blocking, but tbh, HD Tracks is one of the best imo.

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Easiest is to use Opera and use its built-in VPN set to the Americas.

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10 hours ago, Snoopy8 said:

Easiest is to use Opera and use its built-in VPN set to the Americas.

Good idea. Thanks @Snoopy8. See whether I can get latest Norah Jones album in HiRes.

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You might also need to set up a PayPal account to hide the (I assume) fact that you are using an Australian credit card. Not absolutely certain about that with HD Tracks, but am sure that it's a step I had to take to be able to access Qobuz.

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50 minutes ago, JukKluk2 said:

You might also need to set up a PayPal account to hide the (I assume) fact that you are using an Australian credit card. Not absolutely certain about that with HD Tracks, but am sure that it's a step I had to take to be able to access Qobuz.

Don't know whether things have changed (been a while since I used them), but the only geo check done is only for displaying price and adding to cart. 

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I just checked with an anonymising proxy in the US I set up and my existing account from the past (from before they started blocking) refused to work, but a new account using the proxy and firefox in private mode worked fine. They still have their bizarre one download only rule and I "purchased" their free sampler disk only to accidentally not download one file (using the web downloader) by pressing cancel after it had finished downloading, and then couldn't download the file any more! So I had to repurchase the entire album just to get that one file again. eclassical (best value) and prestomusic are light years better if you are into classical highres I recommend them by far and away over hdtracks.

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By the way, if this is all too overwhelming for someone who just wants to buy an album, feel free to private message me, and I can buy it on your behalf and send it to you.

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Use Google Chrome as your browser and install the extension Browsec (https://browsec.com/) select United States and it should work.

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10 hours ago, JukKluk2 said:

You might also need to set up a PayPal account to hide the (I assume) fact that you are using an Australian credit card. Not absolutely certain about that with HD Tracks, but am sure that it's a step I had to take to be able to access Qobuz.


Ive bought many a restricted album from HDTracks with an Australian CC on paypal. Setup correctly, all albums are accessible on HDTracks. 
 

Chrome Browser, Hola plugin, set to USA, 100% free. 

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5 hours ago, Sime said:

, Hola plugin, set to USA, 100% free.

I use Firefox, but otherwise that's it.

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On 17/06/2020 at 9:56 PM, Snoopy8 said:

Easiest is to use Opera and use its built-in VPN set to the Americas.

The advantage is it's free but Chinese owned.  I looked at it and then decided to purchase a Nord VPN for 3 years which was good value.  I haven't noticed any issues with speed of download or streaming netflix.

 

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I felt like buying a whole swag of albums I used to have decades ago now in hires and I ended up buying them from anywhere except hdtracks because of how inconvenient it is.

Acoustic sounds use a downloader as well which is annoying but at least it works under wine on linux, but you have to fool it into thinking you're in the usa as well. HDtracks' current downloader doesn't install.

Vinyl Records, SACDs, DVD Audio, Audiophile Equipment|Acoustic Sounds

And 7digital have a .au presence and just let you download freely from their site as many times as you like once you buy something which is by far my preferred option, though they didn't have everything.

zdigital Australia | High-quality Digital Music Downloads

 

 

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8 hours ago, Ittaku said:

how inconvenient it is.


How inconvenient is it really, seriously? 

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6 minutes ago, Sime said:


How inconvenient is it really, seriously? 

I don't have windows, so I'm stuck naming folders myself and downloading one file at a time. That's pretty inconvenient. Try downloading an album with many files using the webdownloader and see for yourself.

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1 minute ago, Ittaku said:

I don't have windows, so I'm stuck naming folders myself and downloading one file at a time. That's pretty inconvenient.

Context makes a difference 👍

 

As for the one time only download, if you email them, they let you download what you need again.  

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On 18/06/2020 at 4:54 AM, Ittaku said:

I just checked with an anonymising proxy in the US I set up and my existing account from the past (from before they started blocking) refused to work, but a new account using the proxy and firefox in private mode worked fine. They still have their bizarre one download only rule and I "purchased" their free sampler disk only to accidentally not download one file (using the web downloader) by pressing cancel after it had finished downloading, and then couldn't download the file any more! So I had to repurchase the entire album just to get that one file again. eclassical (best value) and prestomusic are light years better if you are into classical highres I recommend them by far and away over hdtracks.

I've used the online contact page for issues like that and they've given me the ability to download again. 

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On 18/06/2020 at 3:22 AM, JukKluk2 said:

You might also need to set up a PayPal account to hide the (I assume) fact that you are using an Australian credit card. Not absolutely certain about that with HD Tracks, but am sure that it's a step I had to take to be able to access Qobuz.

Once you place the order, the VPN doesn't matter. You can download it without the VPN.

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Buy CD. Rip it. Forget about high res BS.

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51 minutes ago, Pim said:

Buy CD. Rip it. Forget about high res BS.

I only buy the CD if the online 44/16 or higher isn’t available. Buying online saves the trip to the shop. 

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On 18/06/2020 at 4:01 PM, Ittaku said:

By the way, if this is all too overwhelming for someone who just wants to buy an album, feel free to private message me, and I can buy it on your behalf and send it to you.

As a followup to this, for those who I've done this for, I simply create a new account for the person to use, buy the albums they want, then give them the login credentials. They can then download them fine using the HDtracks downloader directly to their PC, and I never see any of the music myself since it's a one-time download only technique. The downloader doesn't care where you are; only the shop will refuse you doing the initial purchase if you're outside North America.

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I actually can’t believe this is still a topic for discussion. 2 mins it takes to solve the country of origin issue. And if you can’t, the internet isn’t for you. 

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On 04/07/2020 at 6:08 PM, Pim said:

Buy CD. Rip it. Forget about high res BS.

CD's from OS = Postage fees and exchange rate fees.   $25 CD become $50.    I love my music but there is a line in the sand somewhere and it is infront of my bank account.

 

Regards Cazzesman

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Yup, and walking over to my computer is a lot easier than going to the shops/ordering online and waiting. 
I only buy cd’s if the online version is non-existent. I’m trying the buy Dizzy Mizz Lizzy’s lastest album and I can’t find it anywhere to buy. 

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