The music industry has been trying to shut down Allofmp3.com for quite some time, and lately it looked like they were about to succeed any minute. All of the big credit card companies have stopped processing payments for the Russian MP3 download site. Allofmp3.com even got in trouble with third party payment processors, effectively cutting off most of its funding.

Allofmp3 does have a plan B though. Some users that have been trying to add money to their account are reporting that they are told to go to MP3Sparks.com instead.

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So what's MP3Sparks.com? It's a website supiciously similiar to Allofmp3.com. They offer cheap MP3 downloads from major label artists, feature a very familiar layout and navigation and even use the same text as Allofmp3 in their help section. And, guess what: Your Allofmp3.com login data works just fine.

Some users are reporting that they are able to refill their balance through MP3Sparks.com with a regular credit card. Others are greeted with a familiar error message:

"Unfortunately credit card payment is not available at the moment. Please come back later or try another method of payment."

MP3Sparks isn't the only Allofmp3 offspring popping up these days though. Inofficial Allofmp3 user forums are buzzing with news about a site called Memphismembers.com that seems to be run by Allofmp3 as well, going as far as copying the complete Allofmp3 interface except for the logo.

Memphismembers is a semi-stealth, invite only project. Selected users have been receiving invites with personalized login Urls directly from the Allofmp3 team. Others have been swapping invites Gmail-style Joost-style through user forums.

Members of the new site apparently get a 15 dollar welcome gift certificate as well as a line of credit to make up for possible payment option glitches. Users are reporting that they can refill their account balance with regular credit cards through payment companies like E-Centru.

There is a more detailed review of Memphismembers on the the AOM3 Blog.

One thing that strikes me a surprising is how much money users spent on Allofmp3 in recent years. One user says:

"I've put about $800 over the last 18 months, which I don't suppose sets any records, but seems like a reasonable amount."

800 dollars within 18 months is way more than most people spend on CDs, let alone iTunes downloads. Is there really no way to give hardcore music buyers like this guy a Emusic-style premium MP3 subscription that is licensed by the major labels?



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