Or if you don't - don't reveal ANY personal information at all. I still get emails from the Ministry of Sound even now after the saga which I will tell you about. This said it *may* be from a different source than from them direct - I'm not entirely sure yet. Anyway...this takes place over a year ago when I was on a modem connection to the internet and I was living in university halls of residence without a university internet connection. So I was paying for my internet connection at about 5p per minute (a rip off monopoly phone company). Somehow - I have no idea how, I got placed on the Ministry of Sound mailing list. I don't know why this happened but it's something I wouldn't have wished upon my worst enemy. One day I was downloading my email as normal and I thought my mail program had hung as nothing was happening at all. So I closed it down and then restarted it and it was still "downloading mail" - so I left it reluctantly as it was wasting my phonebill but might have been something important. I come back later and find that an email from "Ministry of Sound" has arrived. I take a look at it and it's got a one megabyte attachment on it. I'm a bit peeved at this as I didn't ask for anything - then I discover what they've sent me is a .exe file. (For those of you who don't know - it's an executable file that means a virus/trojan can be run when you run it so wrecking your computer or allowing unauthorised access. I'm not speculating as to whether it did, but as a matter of policy I never run unsolicited exe files I recieve. I followed their instructions on how to unsubscribe and when I logged on later I found I'd recieved a email saying my unsubscription had been sent to an invalid email address. I left it and hoped they'd just go away. They didn't. A week or so later I recieved another huge exe file which
yet again wasted my phonebill and went straight in the bin. This time I scoured the Ministry of Sound's website for contact details and I found none. I collected all the email addresses I could find on the site and sent a mail saying "get me the hell off this list" to all of them. Then a few days later I got another attachment. I then resorted to finding out the company that designed and maintained their website and emailed them - no response. Finally when I got more emails I called up directory enquiries and got the company phone number of the MoS. I called up and left a message on a woman's answering machine threatening legal action (as they are actually breaking the law with unsolicited advertisements) if they didn't remove me. I got a phonecall back VERY soon afterwards. The woman I spoke to was quite helpful and promised to remove me as soon as possible from the mailing list. For a while I did stop getting the emails and I certainly haven't got any more of the huge emails thank god, although now I'm on ADSL it wouldn't matter so much. Anyway - the website itself is ok, if not a bit high-intensive on the ole internet connection. I hope this will save you the trouble and money I had with the Ministry of Sound. So be warned! Ken
The main reason I go on the website is to listen to the various live radio shows and at this very moment I am listening to the very latest hard house anthems mixed by Yomanda and Fergie, I have listened to it about 2 times and seeing as im on the internet all the time I don't really need to shell out ridiculous amounts of money to buy it! The live radio is really cool, there is always something different being played, like last night I was listening to it and it was the top 10,They were all really bangin' choons. To be honest I don't really know what fancy device you have to have installed on your computer, I just click on the little listen icon and it starts playing. When I listen to the hard house album my windows media player automatically opens. There is a chat room which I pop into from time to time, whenever I go on it theirs not usually many people on it, usually bout half a dozen, but this probably depends on when you go on. Its a good chat room to meet fellow dj's and ask them advice on how they started and how to get residencies etc. There is an online shop, which I have been on the occasional time, If I were old enough to have a credit card then maybe I'd spend a little more time on it if you know what I mean... As I am aiming to be a dj and looking for decent vinyl's, I often go on the sight and listen to songs using my media player. This is very useful as the site lets you listen to all of the song rather than some sites which only allows you to listen to a section of the song. I am part of the mailing list and I personally haven't had any problems with it as yet ,but going by the opinion of the other guy I think you should stay clear, but baring in mind you cant get full access to all of the web site if you don't register with them. Well if you have any queries then just ask me and I will update this opinion.