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Next Episode - Online music - Got Questions?

by acedtect / October 23, 2007 8:47 AM PDT

Online music - Stores, streaming, discovery, social. Got a favorite? (For legal music we mean) chime in. Got questions? Ask 'em here.

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Lots of favorites
by commorancy / October 23, 2007 4:19 PM PDT

I have lots of favorite music sites all with legal Indie music for downloading:

http://www.soundclick.com
http://www.broadjam.com
http://www.acidplanet.com
http://www.mp3musiconline.com
http://www.betarecords.com
http://www.amazingtunes.com
http://www.mp3.com (CNET's very own)
http://www.numberonemusic.com
http://www.indiecharts.com
http://www.mp3.com.au

There are actually many more Indie music sites as well as many Indie podcasts that distribute free music continually. So, there are plenty of sites to get great music from independent artists.

Everyone seems to think that the Big 5 record labels that make up the RIAA are the only source for 'great' music. The fact is, the Big 5 labels, even though they have a lot of backing money, are really producing some of the worst musical content in their entire history. This is part of the reason bands/artists like NIN, Madonna, Radiohead, Prince and others are wanting to split from their labels and do it themselves. The taint that is the Big 5 is really having a negative effect on the bigger artists. So, these issues are dragging these artists names down with the label. Yes, these companies do have money, but money doesn't help when these companies are continually blundering and making stupid mistakes (like suing the very customers on which they depend).

With Indie artist sites above, these are artists who choose to deliver directly to the consumer under their own terms. Better, with unsigned Indie artists, there is no danger of a RIAA lawsuit ever. Almost all of the music is fully available for streaming. Many of the tracks are also available for download as MP3. Some of the sites even offer the ability to sell/buy music.

AcidPlanet, is a Sony owned company. This site primarily supports Sony's Acid Music products. However, they encourage remixing of commercial songs through contests on the site. They drop raw samples and let people use the Acid Music software to create their own mix and arrangement. Although, as an artist, you can also upload original works on AcidPlanet and distribute music there.

BTW, I also write music and distribute it among many of the above sites myself, so I am quite familiar with most of the sites and how they operate. You can listen at http://www.broadjam.com/abigguitar

Thanks.

--
Brian Wright
Cupertino, CA

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Music on line stores
by wizkids32 / October 24, 2007 7:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Lots of favorites

I use iTunes and Amazon's to get MP3'S there with out the DRM on that sight.

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Music sources...
by techpriest / October 23, 2007 8:28 PM PDT

Firstly in response to the previous episode I DO NOT WORK FOR EA, because EA don't hire British High School Students. Secondly, I'm a beta tester for Grooveshark! Which is like legal bittorrent, and you get PAID, instead of sued, for uploading music. I also love Pandora, because when i'm bored, i just open up my browser, type in an artist, and get introudced into cool new music i would NEVER have heard of or listened to on my own. The record label "magnatune" also release podcasts of their music, ad-free, for free on itunes. Also, i love magnatunes slogan "Magnatune, we are not evil".

Techpriest

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Magnatune
by dpeach / October 25, 2007 11:55 AM PDT

Let me throw in my vote for you to mention Magnatune. They let you set your price (I think the minimum is $5, with their recommendation of $8 per album). You then get to download it in many formats. MP3 or full WAV if you want. And, you can download it as many times in as many different formats as you want. No DRM.

Here is the cool part. You are given a link and told to invite 3 of your friends to download the album too. They figure if you like it and get 3 friends to download it, they might end up buying music as well. That is someone who "gets it."

They are a music label themselves. Therefore you only have a choice of their musicians. They have high quality stuff. You can listen to any of their music (full songs) before purchasing. Unlike the vast majority of digital music options, they have a lot of classical music (which is my preference). But they have some for the rest of you too.

The Linux music player Amarok has Magnatune integrated. Inside Amarok do a search at the Magnatune tab and you can start playing their music right inside the player.

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OOps
by dpeach / October 25, 2007 12:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Magnatune

I forgot to give my BuzzTown handle. I shall henceforth be known as "David in Mexico" (who cannot figure out how to edit his previous post).

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how to get the best quality playback?
by br4ndy / October 25, 2007 8:51 PM PDT

i'm trying to get the best possible playback sound - especially if i burn a CD and take it to my CD player... how important is the encoder?

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Esoterica, and hopefully a taste of the future
by fbbbb / October 28, 2007 2:15 PM PDT

The Japanese site e-onkyo (Yes, that Onkyo) sells some of it's music in 24-bit/96khz format (lifted from masters) and all others in 16-bit/44.1khz WMA Lossless. Possibly a new paradigm for a new generation of audiophiles who dispair at the crappiness of material available online to put through it.

http://music.e-onkyo.com/contents/hd.asp

I use Napster, and the reason I do is that I use it like a giant full-sample catalog. If I come across something I like, I'll listen to it on one of my PC's or the portable - and if I feel it's worth keeping, I hit up Amazon for a CD of it which I'm free to rip as I please (currently in FLAC).

If somewhere legit sold FLAC albums of unimpeachable ripping quality with a good selection, I'd be all over it.

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Stream Rip
by CmdrData / October 29, 2007 10:13 AM PDT

Stream ripping is a legal way at this time. I've never bought a single song online in my life, I have most of the music I like on CD.

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