Amazon MP3 – give me a zip!

I got a £3 Amazon MP3 voucher after visiting the AWS tech conference in London last week.

The Bryan Ferry platinum collection was £3.79 for 45 songs and I’m prepared to chip in 79p. But wait … You can’t just pay some money and download the music. You have to install some binary blob!

$ rpm -q --scripts -p amazonmp3.rpm
warning: amazonmp3.rpm: Header V4 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 70e6adf9: NOKEY
postinstall scriptlet (using /bin/sh):
update-mime-database /usr/share/mime

# setsid amazonmp3 --reset-first-run &
postuninstall scriptlet (using /bin/sh):
update-mime-database /usr/share/mime
$ rpm -qlp amazonmp3.rpm
warning: amazonmp3.rpm: Header V4 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 70e6adf9: NOKEY

(I’ll give them some respect for having an RPM version, but not for having a binary blob when what I really want is a tarball or ZIP file …)

Anyhow, if I have the time I will set up a firewalled VM in order to make this 79p purchase. I haven’t got around to it quite yet …

Update: Thanks to everyone who replied. Looks like clamz or are the way to go here.

Update #2: The little command line tool clamz was exactly what I was after.


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16 responses to “Amazon MP3 – give me a zip!

  1. apetz

    I think, you are not required to install the downloader. At least I never did and I was able to download the mp3 from amazon just fine.

  2. Michael

    The new banshee 1.8 (in F14: yum install banshee) allows you to buy and download stuff from amazon without the binary blob!

  3. Christian

    you could just use
    It incudes an open source implementation for amazon mp3 downloads.

  4. Andy

    Try clamz an open source alternative that was introduced in F14.

  5. Andy

    Use clamz instead (open source command line version of the official amazon client). It’s in the Fedora repos too 🙂

  6. paddy

    I’m not 100% sure but I believe Banshee provides amazon download functionality without the amazon software

  7. Nate Straz

    There is a command line downloader. Search for clamz.

  8. I gave up using the amazon downloader. I tried clamz ( Basically I download the .amz file, then run clamz /path/to/amzfile.amz
    It downloads the mp3s for me.

  9. There are two open source Linux clients for Amazon:

    Banshee has a plugin:

    Clamz is a cli tool:

  10. You can always use clamz to download the music.

    ‘yum install clamz’ should do the trick.

    Here’s a how-to:

  11. frankiii

    I find it interesting that two of your most recent two blog entries have been made in mini rant format and have received, at this point, 22 comments. Your incredibly useful and thought-provoking virtualization entries probably don’t have that many in total over the past few months.

    I’m struggling to understand what this means.

    • rich

      I don’t think it means much, except that I wasn’t very timely about approving the comments on this post so a lot of people helpfully jumped in to point out my mistake without being able to see others’ responses.

      As long as people are finding the virt posts useful that’s all that matters.

  12. Matěj Cepl

    For CLI-impaired among us there is also … did anybody try it?

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