The Lavamus Network: What is it, and which sites are part of it?

Lavamus is an online music service that has several associated websites, or "network" sites, that all utilize Lavamus resources in order to operate. Some other well known websites that are part of the Lavamus network are JustMusicStore and iSOUND.be. One good feature of using sites on the Lavamus network is that you can use the same account and balance to download from all of these sites - meaning if the site you signed up on goes down or has some kind of problem, you can simply switch to a different site using your same login information. But what are the differences between these sites, and are there even more of them out there?

First of all, many people have used Lavamus for their music needs in the past very successfully. On the other hand, earlier this year there were some downtime problems (possibly related to moving hosts) that worried lots of people. Since then, however, Lavamus has been operating like normal.

Here are the known sites that are part of the Lavamus network that are currently functioning:

Lavamus.com
JustMusicStore.com
iSOUND.be
LigaMusic.com
AllOffMP3.org
MP3ShopCart.com
BoxMP3.net
JeyMP3.com
MP3Legal.org
ShoutMP3.com
Tunes4U.org
YourMP3Top.com
MP3-Store.org

If you click through all of these sites, the first thing you'll notice is that most of them look similar to Lavamus.com with perhaps some minor changes (a different logo, or small changes on different parts of the site). The only sites that really stand out as being different looking are JustMusicStore.com and JeyMP3.com. But a closer look shows some more subtle differences between the sites as well, most notably in the number of Albums, Artists, and Releases each site reports to have.

While it is safe to assume that each of the sites shares the main catalog of the Lavamus network, it has been shown in the past that it must also be possible to have an individual catalog as well, as was the case with JustMusicStore.com (that may have changed as of late, however - it appears that they share the same catalog as the rest of the network now). The table below illustrates the reported amount of media on each site:

Site Artists Albums Tracks Storage Comments
Lavamus.com 75453 211022 1784874 16316Gb The "reference" site
JustMusicStore.com 44120 159890 1214560 14212 Gb Completely Different Layout
iSOUND.be 100120 259890 1814560 18212 Gb  
LigaMusic.com  14120  59890  614560  8212 Gb  
AllOffMP3.org 100120 259890 1814560 18212 Gb  
MP3ShopCart.com 14120 59890 614560 8212 Gb Added sidebar
BoxMP3.net 100120 259890 1814560 18212 Gb  
JeyMP3.com ??
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Completely Different layout
MP3Legal.org 104120 249890 1814560 16212 Gb  
ShoutMP3.com ??
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Different Header/Footer
Tunes4U.org 100120 259890 1814560 18212 Gb  
YourMP3Top.com 14120 59890 614560 8212 Gb  
MP3-Store.org 104120 249890 1814560 16212 Gb
 


So what's the story here? It looks like none of the other websites show the same number of Artists/Albums/Tracks as the main Lavamus.com website. It could simply be that they have not updated their stats, but what about the ones that report much larger numbers? Well, its something to wonder about. Perhaps someone from the Lavamus network would let us know why that is. It is interesting that some of the numbers appeared to have simply been changed by an obvious factor (from 159890 to 259890, for example).

So, in conclusion, the idea of having multiple alternative download sites available to me under the same account is an attractive one - when my usual site goes down, its nice to know I will have an alternative (that is, as long as the main Lavamus servers are not down). But as for me, I think I'd stick with the main Lavamus.com website - there don't seem to be any obvious advantages of signing up on any of the other ones.

Please feel free to leave comments below.


Comments

A few of their albums show 0

A few of their albums show 0 tracks available, sometimes with multiple listings of the same album, one of which will actually work (the others showing 0 tracks). The only other SNAFU I've seen lately is some full-length preview listenings won't play, but you can download the tracks just fine.

Lavamus.com

This site is having various problems right now, mainly that you can find your track(s), purchase them BUT then cannot download them! I have had numerous problems with this site over the past 3 weeks and have contacted them a number of times only to be told that the problems have been solved but on trying yet again, I cannot download my purchased tracks! The site often says 'resolving...' OR some gobbledegook appears where the name of the track should be meaning that if you download, you will not hear a thing on playback! I suggest you give this site a big miss for sometime otherwise you too may find you are spending money but receiving nothing in return!

Problem topping-up balance on justmusicstore.com

Can anyone help me? I successfully registered on the justmusicstore.com website using my current VISA card. I now want to top-up my credit using the same VISA card which is still valid until the end of the month, but everytime i fill out the form, it keeps returning the page hilighting the expiry date saying i need to "correct the fields indicated and try again". I have emailed the support and admin depts at JMS and CC-now company that oversees the transaction process but had no reply from anyone. Any suggestions?.....15th Jan 2008

This can help you

You can try another service. Link: http://musitarium.ru prices start from 0.15$

Topping Up

Strange. I have had something similar happen before when I had already received a replacement VISA from my bank and had activated it, but forgotten. The old card had the same numbers, but a different date. Are you sure you didn't already receive a replacement card that you have somewhere else? (If you are getting a replacement, then it should arrive for sure by the last month of expiration of your card). Maybe it's related to that.

Other than that, I took a look at the credit card form and it seems pretty straightforward, so I'm stumped as well. I guess the only thing I can suggest is to make sure you're ticking the "agreement" box right below the expiration date of your card... but you've probably done that.

lavamus servers down, totally...for full day now...

nothing seems to work...wonder if this is the end, or just another change out? getting to be pretty inconvenient.

lavamus is back now, at about 90%

Lavamus.com seems to have a few tweaking issues every once in a while, but I've been using them for a few months now with no major problems. A few of their albums show 0 tracks available, sometimes with multiple listings of the same album, one of which will actually work (the others showing 0 tracks). The only other SNAFU I've seen lately is some full-length preview listenings won't play, but you can download the tracks just fine.

The Lavamus Network

For information if you join any of the sites in the Lavamus group, you can use the password which either you have chosen for yourself or one given to you by the network FOR ANY OF THE SITES! - The password is the same!!! Word of warning though - use an 'anonymous proxy' site to access any of the Lavamus sites or like me your ISP could well block future connections as downloads are only legal if you live in Russia!

lavamus owners advances all services

Good day, all music lovers. We are upgrading our network now. In a term of months, we'll release some new features like video clips, blog box, rss and many others on our site. We are going to make different sites to satisfy all our clients and music fans guests.

Where'd you go

Alloffmp3.org and everything is shut down...wher'djya go?