There's a sports talk show I listen to and you can go to their website and download the show as an .mp3 file. I've been downloading shows regularly and everything works fine. But, I'm curious about the URL. Here's the most recent show:
So in this case, the podcast is using Windows Azure as a storage provider or CDN for their MP3s.
anyway, whats the problem with the name "windows.net" ? why do you think there should be problems downloading something from that name ?
There are lots of .net websites out there. It's a common top level domain name just like .com, .org etc. so there's nothing special about it. In most cases it has noting to do with .NET (in capital letters) from Microsoft.
I tried to do a whois, but the results were indeterminate.
"nickandartie" is the name of a storage account on Azure. The file in question is a blob being stored in said storage account.
Storage accounts (for blob storage) are given subdomains under blob.core.windows.net. These storage accounts can be owned (or "rented" to be more accurate) by any Azure customer, but Microsoft still issues DNS names as subdomains under the main windows.net domain, which is obviously owned by Microsoft.
You are not going to see any WHOIS listing for an Azure storage account because you can't do a WHOIS lookup on a subdomain.
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