also questioned how they do it. Thought maybe their business model is to run at a break even and use the opportunity to make money from paid advertising. Been using for over a year and ZERO problems. Can only accept Visa, not my Mastercard, so I guess the card coy fees eat too much from Mastercard. I emailed one time and they answered within a day. I have no complaints and have been able to analyze music I wouldn't have bought. Places like iTunes need to relook at their pricing? I can't find evidence of them stealing yet.
I have been using this site for well over a year. To date, I have had no card issues, no email issues and no quality issues. I have read sooooo many different views about the legality of this site, and I have yet to find any categoric proof one way or the other. Lots of heresay and vitriole but no proof. IF, I do find it, I will be the first to let people know, straight after I cancel my membership. This site is really good for back catalogue stuff.
Hi, a bit of digging around avtor and I found the following: http://www.iipa.com/rbc/2012/2012SPEC301UKRAINE.PDF Seems Avtor issue this license without any 'formal' permission...from a very brief reading of the above it looks like there's 7 very big trade bodies in the US no doubt backed by some behemothesque organisations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Intellectual_Property_Alliance) who don't like what was happening in Ukraine in 2012, it still doesn't look they're particularly happy in 2013 either (http://www.iipa.com/rbc/2013/2013SPEC301UKRAINE.PDF). Whether they're breaking a law I don't know but if something looks dodgy more often than not it is. Would be interested to know if anyone has had credit card issues having used the site, appreciate it's nigh on impossible to trace anything dodgy back to one particular site but someone may have done... Whether to use the site is a moral call, for what it's worth, I wouldn't use it for music I don't already own and I'm still not 100% sure I will use it to do that but oh my it is tempting at those prices esp for stuff that just isn't available anymore...
And here is the answer I received (almost immediatly): Dear Herman,
Yes, the activity of Mp3va.com is carried out according to the legislation of the license # IT - 08/10 and IT - 08 - 01/10 of the Ukrainian Public Organization "Avtor" issued for Beowner Ltd. Service www.Mp3va.com pays full-scale author's royalties to owners of pieces of music, trademarks, names, slogans and other copyright objects used on the site. Any further distribution, resale or broadcasting is prohibited.
Contact us whenever you need. We'll be glad to provide all the necessary data for you!
Best regards, Victoria Mp3va support team
...But I still am not 100% convinced. The mp3va-world seems simply to perfect to be true. Up to now I only downloaded albums I already have on LP records. For the prices on their website, you really can't bother converting your records to mp3. SInce I own the (old) LPs, I am pretty sure the artists received their credits/royalties already a long time ago. But what about new albums? PS : the payment seems trustworthy (over https + digipass code needed) The quality of the mp3's is generally OK (occasionally the bitrate is only 128kbps). The bitrate is always indicated, so you know what you will get. Are there any artists out there that can confirm that they did / did not receive their royalities from mp3va?
A legal music store can't be that cheap first of all, second if you buy for example Katy Perry - Roar you will hear some noise at the beginning, wich indicate pirated/bad quality music, and it is poor taged, at the release date is "unknown" and so on...if you listen the same song on itunes or spotify it is nice and clean at that part i was talking about... But still, we have just the "moral" problem that the money don't reach the artist, other then that we should have no problem if we use this site, it's not our job to verify if they are legal or not... What i don't get, is why the autoryties allow this, why they ar not closing them up? there are hundreds of websites like mp3va...
This site steals artists music and then sells it for a profit - giving NOTHING to the musicians who created the music. This is morally wrong as well as illegal.
That's the equivalent of me going into a carpenters shop/or a bakery or anywhere they actually make something (like musicians MAKE music), helping myself and then going out and selling it!!! WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!
They're stealing from musicians!!!! And anyone supporting them is doing so too. And for all you people who think music should be free - would you work for nothing? Musicians have to pay their bills too, and there are costs involved in recording and producing music. And no musicians don't make a lot of money playing live!!! That's a joke!!!
Mp3va.com has NOT any kind of deal with the producer/legal representative and/or owner of the relative copyrights of the contents that are sold on the website. Found today an album produced by our company, which has NOT give mp3va.com any commission to sell it
So I've downloaded a bunch of albums via mp3va, and found it easy to use, quick, problem-free, and inexpensive. Yes I can see that I'm on dodgy ground morally, but then I've been 'ripping off' (some would say) my favourite artists for years, what with file-sharing, home taping, lending and borrowing, and other ways of paying less for music. But still I spend hundreds every year, on live and recorded music.
Another point is, because I can get this music cheaply, I listen to it. If I had to pay more, I wouldn't. Listening to the music makes me more aware of the artist, and more likely to go to see them live, recommend them to others, etc. If the music were full-price, would I buy it? I would not. So is the artist worse off? No, and they're getting exposure. So why not? If I use paypal, my credit card info and personal details aren't compromised - are they? (And if it's OK for paypal to do business with them, why isn't it OK for me?) So while it may be dubious, it doesn't seem so very wrong.
this website sells pirated music out of the ukraine. why pay some fu*kers overseas if you can get the same result with groovedown? check out grooveshark.com, they have more music than here and with a little program from groovedown.me you can download directly and free. not legal, but neither is mp3va, plus you can keep all your contact and payment info...
There is couple problems with this site. After registering a email address with them. All of a sudden my email address starts getting spammed by "Viagra" pill emails. And they all end in .ru which is russia. And what do you know this company is also from Russia? Not coincidence. This company will sell your information for extra side money. Who knows what other information they are selling to other companies. You do probably give them your phone number and home address too and they probably sell that.
Another problem with this company is that they are selling music illegally. The music artists do not get any of the money they make by selling their music. They are straight up thieves and con-artists. Supporting these types of people is like supporting your local burglar. Why would you do this?
Another issue is that you give them your credit card information. Its been proven time after time. Russia is notorious for stealing credit card information and selling it on the black market.
So summary is. this company sells your information you give them for money. And they sell music illegally, STOLEN from the original artists. What do you think keeps them from selling your credit card information too?
Lots of titles to chose from and very reasonably priced. Mp3va is the only online music-shop where I'm able to find rare titles and download them instantly. Mp3va has become my favourite online music-shop...way better than iTunes Store (and a lot cheaper).
I'm never going to buy another physical cd again. Not after I have found MP3va. It contains a lot of artists within a variety of genres, its really cheap and the user interface is nice and non-tecnical. I was happily surprised when I recieved a small present from mp3va on my birthday. Only 3 dollars, but still it corresponds to two albums, and the thought also counts.
The only critique so far is, that they didn't accept visa last time I tried to add money to my account. But "with a little help from" support it was fixed with PayPal.
Found this site by accident a few months ago. Was't sure to begin with, but signed up using a debit credit card with low balance (as I do with any new subscription - in case of fraud).
Searching and downloading songs and albums is quick. Has a good selection of music at a great price. The bonus offer is also a great incentive.
Not sure how accurate their homepage chart lists are, but you can easily find anthing via their search box.
The only thing iTunes has over mp3va.com is that files are automatically saved neatly into your preferred library folder (would be great if in the account settings of mp3va you could select your destination folder). When downloading from mp3va you get a zip file, which you then need to save it to your library folder. This manual handling is a bit of a pain, when you download a lot of music.
Overall, great website. I will never download from iTunes again.
I found this site while browsing for mp3 download/purchase, signed up and even got my friends to sign up. Initially i thought it's a hoax.. but after using it for about 2-3months, i am glad i signed up for it..
the site is easy to use and friendly. Not cluttered like some of the sites i seen. Its really good!