Although I realize that this does not directly help you with your Amazon MP3 program, I thought I'd mention a couple of alternative music sources you might be interested in exploring. These two are already Linux-friendly, so you don't have to install a special utility program to use them:http://www.jamendo.com/en/Jamendo
- [Free] Registration required before downloading
- No DRM
- Users can preview music before downloading
- Available in .mp3 or .ogg format
- Many albums available, with a wide variety of genres
It takes some time to search for music and preview it, but I've found some interesting, high-quality music via Jamendo. http://magnatune.com/Magnatune
- Independent record label ("We're not evil")
- No DRM
- Users can preview music in MP3 format before deciding to purchase
- Variety of audio formats available: .wav, .flac, .mp3, .ogg
- Artists receive 50% of proceeds
- Buyers decide their own purchase price (typically from US $5 to $18 per album)
I've not yet purchased anything from Magnatune but have enjoyed browsing through their classical music section.
The Amazon MP3 downloader for Linux is a nice gesture on their part, but considering the variety of Linux package formats out there, I think they should make an effort to create a utility that is more "distro-agnostic" (i.e., that could be easily compiled from source using a few commands from a Terminal).
It might be worthwhile to contact Amazon Customer Service by e-mail to let them know that you're a Linux user who'd like to purchase music from them, but cannot because your distro's packaging format isn't supported. (I too would be interested in using it. Their .rpm package won't work with my other main distro [PCLinuxOS]; some PCLOS users have tried to get it working but haven't succeeded, AFAIK).