I'm a teeny bit worried that Apple may reject our upcoming iPhone/Magnatune app, because they recently rejected another music application for using too much bandwidth. I'd rather not limit the iPhone/Magnatune app to only being used on wifi, because it does work well on 3G as well. And once Apple rejects you, it's hard to get them to give you another chance. So... I want to put our best foot forward the first time we apply to them.
I was thinking that the best way to make Apple happy would be to add a "buy from iTunes" link to the iPhone/Magnatune app. By doing that, Apple won't see us as competing with them, and instead will see us as helping promote sales of our music on iTunes. You can buy music directly from the iPhone, and it will sync back to your iTunes folder. Plus, all of the Magnatune-supplied music on iTunes is DRM free.
But... I need some help.
I need somebody to spend an hour or three matching up each album at Magnatune with a URL to the right iTunes store page.
What you need to do is for each and every Magnatune album, go to the iTunes store, find the appropriate album, right click on the artwork, and copy the URL. Then, put the URL in a document to me, clearly labeling what Magnatune album it belongs too. I can then put that into our database. Sometimes, the album is available from iTunes directly from the musician, and not through us, which is totally fine (as in the example on the bottom of this blog entry). About 2/3rds of Magnatune albums are on iTunes through us, and the rest should be also available on iTunes, through arrangements the musician made on their own.
For example, the album at:
can be bought from iTunes at this url:
Update: a big thanks from me to Chris Allen and Chris Harvey for volunteering to do this and getting it done (and nicely done too) in just a few short days. Thanks Chrises!