Hi folks. If, like me, you want to download music legally, paying a fair price for it, and to obtain this music in a quick and way on your Linux PC or laptop, then Amazon mp3 Downloader may be the answer for you. Read on if you’re using Fedora 12, and you’re having problems with Amazon’s mp3 Downloader (I suspect you are…)
Unfortunately, the software packagers at Amazon have linked their Linux software against the libboost* libraries that were packaged for Fedora 11. Us Fedora users like the newest software available, so I’m sure, like me, you’re all using Fedora 12. If that is the case, then I’m sure none of you are using Amazon’s mp3 downloader – It doesn’t work with Fedora 12. This is a real shame, because I applaud Amazon’s efforts to deliver a Linux software package for downloading their mp3’s. Anyway, here’s the fix:
Download this file: Fedora12-Fix-For-Amazon-MP3
Open a terminal and cd to the downloaded file. Run: chmod 755 Fedora12-Fix-For-Amazon-MP3
Then, as root, run: ./Fedora12-Fix-For-Amazon-MP3
Now, open a web browser and go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/help/amd.html?&forceos=LINUX
Click “Download Now” for Fedora 11.
Open another terminal and cd to the downloaded .rpm file.
rpm -Uvh amazonmp3.rpm --nodeps
You should now be able to run the Amazon mp3 downloader by running the command: amazonmp3
P.S. – If you’re wanting to know about Amazon’s policy on mp3 vs FLAC and open source vs closed source, click here for their very open reply they sent to me in response to these questions.