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    Heywood_J

    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:

    https://nickandartie.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/3.1.13-Hour-1-Nick-and-Artie.MP3

    My knowledge about this sort of thing is pretty limited.  How is it possible to download something from "windows.net"?

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    PopeDai

    *.core.windows.net is a domain name used by Windows Azure.

    http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/net/common-tasks/custom-dns/

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/ee795179.aspx

    So in this case, the podcast is using Windows Azure as a storage provider or CDN for their MP3s.

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    felix9

    anyway, whats the problem with the name "windows.net" ? why do you think there should be problems downloading something from that name ?

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    dentaku

    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.

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    Proton2

    I tried to do a whois, but the results were indeterminate.

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    Heywood_J

    , felix9 wrote

    anyway, whats the problem with the name "windows.net" ? why do you think there should be problems downloading something from that name ?

    There's nothing wrong with "windows.net" but it just seemed weird that a website completely unrelated to Microsoft would use that domain name.  Now that someone has explained it, it makes sense.

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    Heywood_J

    , Proton2 wrote

    I tried to do a whois, but the results were indeterminate.

    Maybe Microsoft does this to protect the privacy of their Azure customers?  I don't know.  Just guessing.

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    cbae

    @Heywood_J:

    "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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