I think I’ve been spoiled by Valve. When I buy a game through Steam, I can download the program anywhere I like as many times as I like, and install the games I’ve paid for as many times as I like.
It. Is. Awesome.
Especially as a laptop gamer who is running Windows 7 64bit. Sometimes games won’t run from a disc because of compatibility issues and the fact that I have two graphics cards. Blizzard games are fine, because you can run those on a toaster and still enjoy some level of playability. So, I download my games legally, and I can do so as many times as I like because they are mine. You can clearly see in my transaction history that I’ve paid for it.
Amazon UK, you can suck it.
When I lost my memory card I felt mostly stupid for allowing myself to make such a silly mistake. I’d backed up all but a few pictures so I though everything was okay. As the days passed I remembered more and more little things that I hadn’t backed up and felt like an even bigger idiot. Gah!
Then a few days ago I remembered all the music I’d bought from the Amazon mp3 app on my phone that I’d forgotten to back up! Well, that’s an easy fix eh? Just email Amazon to point me to the redownload link.
WRONG. Apparently when you download music from the MP3 store, that’s your one download. Gone, poof forever. I felt bummed, but then I rationalised it, if I’d lost my CDs I wouldn’t go to the record store to ask for replacements, right?
Well, not really. It’s a digital good. Does it cost Amazon any more money to let me re-download a product that I already bought? If I was trying to ‘steal’ another copy would I ask them to allow me to redownload it?! Wouldn’t I just copy the file?
I don’t know man. The more I think about it, the more I feel like this isn’t even a real issue and I’m just being a first world brat about it all. It’s just so upsetting to me that all the music I legally paid for is no longer accessible to me because of a tiny mistake.