RubberGorilla, that's brilliant Does it really work?!
Damn, I'm going to send some of my US friends cash via PayPal, get the gift certs, and I'm set. Sweeeeeet.
I totally missed the US credit card avenue, was living in the US, returned home and updated my billing address 2 days before iTMS was announced. Perhaps I'll see about switching one of them back to a friend's address and then setting up a little shop here at ehMac ala Fink's suggestion.
Ya, I guess this does sort of blow the whole aspect of finally being able to download music legally in Canada, puretracks.com notwithstanding. I wonder how long it will take Apple to figure out people are doing this and try to plug the hole (ala iTunes 4.0.1), or if they really care. There is potential for them to jump on it if the labels or the RIAA or whatever national recording body happens to feel threatened by it. Interesting, but probably won't be "noticed" by anyone, can't imagine a significant amount of traffic.
Oops, except for this section of the Terms and Conditions:
10. Territory. The Service is available only in the United States, and is not available in any other location. You agree not to use or attempt to use the Service from outside of the available territory, and that Apple may use technologies to verify your compliance.
Given the rumor of iTunes music stiore coming tyo canada that I read http://www.macnn.com/news/20128, I actually contacted CRIA (Canada's RIAA) two weeks ago to see where things were at. After all, Apple "does not comment on unreleased products", as we all well know
The CRIA gal I exchanged email with said that they are almost finished with negitiations between publishers and vendors, but that APPLE HAS NOT APPROACHED THEM AS OF YET!
More "news" on the subject at MacRumors.com. Would be nice, but of course no dates mentioned...and I have a craving for salt now.
David Basskin, CMRRA's President writes:
<blockquote>I'm happy to say that the process of negotiating a licensing deal with Apple is now under way. I met last week with representatives of the company, and I'm confident that our discussions will move ahead quickly. Last week, Steve Jobs told me that Apple couldn't wait to come to Canada, and that it was a very high priority for him. I trust that this enthusiasm will be reflected in a quick and mutually successful negotiation.</blockquote>