Saturday, March 1, 2008

10 Ways to Fill Your iPod Without Facing the Wrath of the RIAA

This mind-blowing article will change your [downloading] life.

Here's a word you should know -
Free·gal /'frigəl/ adj.
Music that is both free and legal. A word so hidden from the public that some don't even believe it exists. Allows a desperate audience to listen to their favorite artists without losing all their money on iTunes, attracting viruses, or getting haunting nightmares of the FBI storming into their houses.

Top 10 'freegal' music sources on the web:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1) EMUSIC (link in left margin):
This online music service offers a sweet 50 song/2 week free trial to new sign-ups. You can keep all your songs without being charged, even if you decide to quit. The website also dedicates an entire section to additional
free tracks that you can download without signing up for a trial or membership.

If you have a Facebook, add the “Daily eMusic Free mp3” application so you can easily download an additional daily freebie.

The best part of eMusic is that all their songs are completely DRM-free and already in mp3 form, meaning you can burn your songs onto however many CDs you want; this is not allowed with Rhapsody, Napster, or iTunes. The eMusic catalogue has over two million songs, mostly indie-centric, but has more than enough recognizable names – The White Stripes, Stereophonics,Arcade Fire, Spoon; even Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, if you are into that sort of thing.

2) ADVERTISING MODELS –
CD sales are plummeting while more and more people turn to digital music. The big labels are quickly catching on, and are eager to somehow make money out of this. The result? Advertising-supported music offerings. Spiralfrog (link in the left margin)
is particularly ingenious. The service forces people to watch ads while a song downloads. The website is backed by Universal so you have a good majority of the radio songs available – Rihanna, Fergie, Timbaland, Plain White T’s, Kanye West, etc. We7.com plays a short ad at the start of a track up to eight times after it is downloaded to support its indie artists. These ideas could potentially explode in popularity because it is much more practical for the record label, enabling them to get paid each time a song is streamed rather than just once or not at all. There is said to be a legal version of Limewire out soon, incorporating this ad-funding scheme called QTrax. Until that time enjoy the plethora of other options on this list.


A screenshot of SpiralFrog. The download manager on the right is uploading the song "Crank That". To access this site click on its ad in the left margin.

3) AUDIO SEARCH ENGINES:
These search engines are goldmines for virtually every piece of music online. However, they are dangerous if not used carefully. Some of the songs could contain harmful bugs and others could be completely illegal. You’ll need to check the link first to see if the website is reputable before pressing the download button. My favorites are SkreemR (
skreemr.com), MP3Realm (mp3realm.org), and Troyson Music Search (troyson.com).

4) BUSINESS VENTURES:
Major companies often team up to offer free music to the public. iTunes has been offering a free song weekly for the past few years, which you can access at
itsfreedownloads.com. Unfortunately, these types of offers are limited to songs that the company chooses to promote. In the past, iTunes had great free songs - Rogue Wave, Kaiser Chiefs, Death Cab For Cutie, M.I.A. Lately the selection has turned sour, featuring songs you would never pick if you had a choice. The $1 billion Pepsi Stuff promotion, which launched at the 2008 Superbowl, is superb in comparison. It allows consumers to obtain points from Pepsi products, and exchange them for any mp3s from Amazon. This is good for people willing to drink 10 bottles of Pepsi for the equivalent of a free CD, but stuff like this usually falls under the category of “marketing ploy”. Enjoy the free music when its easy and available, but going on a Pepsi-frenzy is not worth it.

4a) PARTICIPATION-REQUIRED SITES:
MPfree.com
works with both businesses and record labels to provide free music downloads in exchange for your participation. Their offers do not require a credit card or purchase, and are easy as printing a free coupon, completing a survey or requesting free product information. .

5) MP3 BLOGS (HYPEM.COM):
“Audioblogging” is simple. Creators add a mp3 file - ranging from rare B-sides from decades ago to popular, new music - that they want to share with the masses to a post, along with a few comments. All you have to do is right-click the link and save the file to your computer. Not only is this legal, but the music industry actually supports audioblogs. Many labels even send writers free products and demos, in hopes of promoting a new song or artist through the popularity of the Internet. Bloggers are sometimes DJs for popular bands or talent scouts for major labels themselves, so (most of the time) they have the permissions to post the music. Use the Hype Machine [hypem.com] to scour thousands of mp3 blogs all over the world, for particular songs and artists. With this tool, you would be hard pressed not to find the latest innovations from any artist you are looking for in just a few moments.

6) RECORD THE RADIO:
If you were intelligent and bought your mp3 player based on its cool features rather than the hype surrounding it, then you already know what I’m talking about. The Creative Zen and the Microsoft Zune have an amazing FM radio functionality that allows users to record songs from the radio directly onto their player. The quality is not noticeably different and is just as good as a song bought for a dollar from iTunes. For people who don’t have this function, there is a downloadable software at
StationRipper.com that works just as well.

7) STREAMING ONLINE RADIOS:
If you don’t have an mp3 player or you just don’t want to waste any space on your hard drive, there are an abundance of websites that allow you to listen to music instantly. Streaming online radios use cool technology to gather music tailored to your tastes by comparing your favorites to other users (
last.fm), using certain musical attributes (Pandora.com), or by your emotions (musicovery.com). These websites are some of the coolest things the Internet has to offer, in terms of music.


8) THE ARTIST’S WEBSITE:
Smaller bands have been posting entire albums on their websites since the dial-up days, hoping to increase their popularity and ticket sales this way. Radiohead’s similar stunt last October when they posted their entire new album, “In Rainbows”, free online has signaled the start of more mainstream bands finally realizing they are too rich to keep making music for cash. Madonna and The Eagles have already abandoned their record labels. Prince is practically giving away his albums on the street. Follow your favorite artists closely, so you can take advantage of the unreleased demos they frequently add to their websites, as well. The Weird Al parody “You’re Pitiful” which didn't make it onto his album, was available for a while on weirdal.com.

9) CREATIVE COMMONS WEBSITES:
There are tons of websites out there that are made legitimate by Creative Commons licenses. These licenses loosen restrictions on copyrighted music, allowing it to be redistributed at no charge. Some of these include the ‘noncommercial license’ (you can download the music for noncommercial purposes only) and the ‘attribution license’ (you can download, and perform the work as long as you give credit). With these, websites can distribute free music with the artist’s permission. It works out great for new talent looking to attract new fans. PureVolume (
purevolume.com) describes itself as “the place for rising artists to host their mp3s and get exposure”. There are over 100,000 mp3s available for visitors to download. Some similar websites are the eclectic Jamendo.com and CNET’s popular download.com.

Beware though, these sites are mainly for open-minded music lovers willing to try something different. While there are some recognizable names up here, their catalogues mostly contain lesser-known bands. Though these aren’t mainstream artists there is a good chance you will be turned onto something you like. The rating systems allow you to separate the high-quality stuff from the duds. And in the past, artists whose uploaded music was favorably rated on these types of sites went on to sign contracts with major labels and even make Billboard charts. So you can be cooler than all your friends and find out about awesome music before it hits the mainstream, and then complain when its featured on the radio a year later.


10)
COMPILATION SITES –
There is so much free, legal music available online right now that it’s difficult to keep up with. However, many people have taken it upon themselves to compile it all for you. They forward you to artists who have just posted a free song or to those frequent music giveaways sponsored by a popular magazine or website.
ZuneInsider.com and TotallyFreeMusic both post “collections of free n clear music”, as they call it, from a wide array of bands along with their own reviews of the songs. The best is a little site called TheFreebiesBlog.com, under the category entitled ‘Free Music’. It is updated daily and features free downloads from artists you actually know. Xanga music blogs also have archives of free songs, listed in a more organized manner.

- Shefali Hegde 3/1/08
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This is all...for now. If this gets popular enough, I may add a more convenient chart thing. I will be sure to update with new sites when they come out.

There are some excellent links featured in the Google Ad section (to the left and below). Not all things that are gray and annoying are automatically irrelevant.

Note: If I'm missing your favorite site on here, I probably just don't like it. Either way, please do comment if this was at all beneficial to you or if you have any questions/issues!

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, extraordinarily helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this. I will definitely go click a Google ad to show my gratefulness. Hahaha ;]

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome! I can't believe no one told me about this before. Thanks times a billion!

Anonymous said...

This is great!

Anonymous said...

Amazon launched two new Kindle e-readers priced at $139 and $189 late Wednesday, with the cheaper version a Wi-Fi-only e-reader and $10 less than the Wi-Fi-only Nook.
[url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9179853/Amazon_launches_two_new_Kindles_one_with_Wi_Fi_only]ComputerWorld[/url]
http://www.computerworld.com/
555

Order Anti-Depressants said...

Great website, looks very clean and organized. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Errr, CD music is digital....

Anonymous said...

[url=http://muzka.net/downtempo]Скачать альбом Downtempo[/url]
[url=http://muzka.net/progressive_house]Новинки альбом progressive house[/url]
[url=http://muzka.net/classic_rock]Скачать Classic Rock[/url]
[url=http://muzka.net/progressive_rock]Download mp3 Progressive rock[/url]
[url=http://muzka.net/skachat-chillout]Скачать mp3 Chillout[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several
weeks of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?
Also see my page > ricambi nautica

Anonymous said...

These are actually fantastic ideas in concerning blogging.

You have touched some fastidious points here.

Any way keep up wrinting.
My site ... free tube porn

Anonymous said...

I visited multiple sites except the audio quality for audio songs current at
this site is genuinely fabulous.
My page ... How To Lose man boobs

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself
or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz
answer back as I'm looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. many thanks
Also see my webpage: bostaditurkiet.net

Anonymous said...

точно раз в тему!!!!))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) [url=http://profvesti.ru/o-dachnom-stroitelstve/74-stroitelstvo-dachnogo-tualeta.html]ремонт квартир[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a
really well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return
to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
I will certainly return.

My blog ... legally download

Anonymous said...

Cоnsiԁer running а contest or offering a
free prоduct tip ѕheet that accomρanіeѕ the intеrview.
Perhaрs the bеst thing to do іѕ κeep
аn eye on the promotional deals and be readу to pounce quickly ωhen a ѕuitablе one comeѕ up.
Evеn tοday, I go big game huntіng and all this, anԁ the mοre ԁangerοus somеthіng
is, the happier I am.

mу wеb pаge :: internetradio

Anonymous said...

Tomb Raider, Mega Moolah, Mermaid's Millions, and Blackjack are some of the new Android game apps that have been released from Microgaming's
partner, Spin 3. Thus the games like the Mahjongg Spiele as well as the
Naegel machen games are more in demand and this is the greatest benefit or advantage of the online games.
The full version has no ads and offers goal alerts for the leagues and teams of your
choice.

Here is my blog post gratis spiele

Anonymous said...

Eye to computer screen control is also available.

As Atlantis emerged from the blackness of space and into the
blistering lights of the John F. ''. So, in conclusion, removing the headphones from your
MP3 player is not bad, provided you don't yank too hard on the cord. An analysis this change will give us insight into the supposed benefits they entail. It is hard to believe that we are unable to provide the minimum required comfort to our old ones, destitute women and even orphans. We actually become happier people. We're now looking at life lately in entirely new ways.
*Composite fillings. Therefore, you cannot afford to miss
this incredible shooter game involving a series of killings.


Look at my page; tridge.slug.org.au

Anonymous said...

уou're in reality a excellent webmaster. The website loading pace is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterwork. you have done a magnificent process on this matter!

Look into my blog post: visit the following internet site

Anonymous said...

If you have already tried everything else, however,
and none of it has been effective and you can get authorization from your physician, gastric bypass surgery might
be a good option for you. Sie müssen auch sicher sein,
dass Sie Ihre Einsätze auf der ganzen innerhalb der Roulette Tisch, bevor der Lieferant
keine zusätzlichen Einsätze Signale sind. Dieses Produkt gelangt in den Magensaft
und wird zu elektropositiver Gelatine, die die Fettmasse einschließt.


my web page; 5 Kilo Abnehmen

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Florida! I'm bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the information you provide here and can't wait to take a look when I get home.
I'm amazed at how quick your blog loaded on my phone .. I'm not even using WIFI, just
3G .. Anyhow, superb blog!

my website; virtual Dj

Anonymous said...

And Ouya, which is about the size of a Rubik's cube. A bowler who can consistently pick up his spares can easily hold a 180 average without getting any strikes. It fizzles as the lights go out, and she says it's been great talking to you.


My web blog :: game

Anonymous said...

Hello, Neat post. There's an issue together with your site in web explorer, would check this? IE still is the marketplace chief and a good component to other folks will leave out your magnificent writing because of this problem.

Here is my web blog password cracker

Anonymous said...

I always used to read piece of writing in news papers but now as I am a user of
web therefore from now I am using net for content,
thanks to web.

Also visit my website 740 volvo performance parts

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful that you are getting ideas from this article as well as from our dialogue made here.

My web page - free nightclub flyer templates

Anonymous said...

you are in point of fact a excellent webmaster. The web site loading pace is amazing.
It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece.
you have done a fantastic job on this topic!

Feel free to surf to my weblog; hot rods

Anonymous said...

Great delivery. Great arguments. Keep up the great spirit.


My homepage bahrein gold coins sale

Anonymous said...

Simply want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is simply great and i
can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission
let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.
Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable
work.

My web site :: gold coins for sale asheville nc

Anonymous said...

Asking questions are truly pleasant thing if you are not
understanding anything completely, except this paragraph presents
nice understanding even.

Look at my web site; companion pet clinic portland or

Anonymous said...

Hi would you mind letting me know which hosting company you're working with? I've loaded your blog in 3 different browsers and I must say this
blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price?
Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

My web site rat hot rods

Anonymous said...

Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

Check out my site; vinyl tiles

Anonymous said...

Superb blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?

I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything.
Would you advise starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for
a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely confused .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

Here is my web page :: money maker

Anonymous said...

Also, we need to determine the rounds of the quiz according
to it. I believe my exact words were "I don't want to be your dirty little secret. The Bull's Head Pub, Bangkok.

Review my web site: free quiz answer sheets

Anonymous said...

Тhis іs ѵery attention-grabbing, You're a very professional blogger. I'νe joіneԁ youг гѕѕ
feed and looκ аhеаd
tо in quеst of more of уour exсellеnt post.
Also, І hаve ѕhared yоuг
site іn my sοcial nеtωогκs

my ωеb blog; safe weight loss

Anonymous said...

If you're planning a vacation with your family or friends to have endless fun and adventure, you must be looking for fishing kayaks and other accessories. You will also have to decide whether you want a tandem kayak or single kayak. Kayaks can also be classified as ocean kayaks, Hobie kayaks, river kayaks, and tandem kayaks.

Feel free to visit my webpage; term life insurance quotes

Anonymous said...

constantly i used to read smaller articles
or reviews which as well clear their motive, and
that is also happening with this post which I am reading here.



Here is my web page: castleville free items

Anonymous said...

Compress new features and enhancements found in Adobe bumper sticker papershop Elements beginners.

The actor was asked about recent cases of self-immolation by Tibetan Buddhist monks protesting against
China. Since the video was published the S&P 500 has tacked
on 148 points. Their simplicity, versatility, and affordability must be
contributing factors of popularity. Material science is going to arrange an exhibition or
a commerce present, then you get the best quality.

Also visit my page :: stickers roll

Anonymous said...

Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to “return
the favor”.I'm attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

My web page; viral marketing

Anonymous said...

Hello superb blog! Does running a blog similar to this require a
great deal of work? I've very little expertise in programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic however I simply wanted to ask. Kudos!

Here is my homepage - Contact

Anonymous said...

The only hurdle to accessing this is of course human limitations and the fact that the brain does not function solely as a learning tool
for the human being. * Team answer sheets - Basically a grid lined A4 type sheet with answer write in numbered boxes and a line on top for the
team name. The Bull's Head Pub, Bangkok.

Feel free to visit my website: pub quiz austin texas

Anonymous said...

The only hurdle to accessing this is of course human limitations and the fact that the brain does not function solely as a learning tool for the human being.
Local country clubs are offering trivia fun for as little as
forty dollars per couple. Theme Format: It is almost like standard format of the pub quiz.


Here is my homepage ... pub quiz team names

Anonymous said...

Greetіngs! Thіs iѕ my firѕt visit to yοuг blog!
We are a cоllectіon of νolunteers and ѕtarting a neω іnitiatiѵе in a communitу in the same niche.
Your blоg providеd us νaluable informatiοn to woгk on.
Yоu havе done а outstаnԁing jοb!


Ηere is my web pаgе; hcg diet meal plan

Anonymous said...

(Thank you rounds are always welcome, of course. At the end
of each round read out the cumulative scores. The decline of the
East side blues scene was disheartening, but,
it also gave rise to the need for a fresh start, which came in the form of the next blues-only venue, Antone's, founded by the late Clifford Antone, during the summer of 1975.

My blog: free quiz answer sheets

Anonymous said...

In other words, they go against the grain of the careers their parents had.
You must definitely be planning to make it special and memorable by keeping a good theme, ordering
the best food and choosing the best games. Theme Format: It is almost like standard format of the pub quiz.



My web-site; free quiz answer sheets

Anonymous said...

On Sunday nights Erin Jaimes hosts a blues jam where anyone from Alan Haynes to Gary Clark, Jr.

Below are listed a few popular pubs where one can chill in
Mumbai. The buccal cavity is a small cavity that has neither jaws
nor teeth.

Look at my web-site pub quiz archives

Anonymous said...

On Sunday nights Erin Jaimes hosts a blues jam where
anyone from Alan Haynes to Gary Clark, Jr. At the end of each round read out the cumulative scores.
Her father, Bruce Paltrow, produced the critically acclaimed TV series that is considered the precursor to many medical shows today, St.


Here is my web site - pub quiz area

Anonymous said...

In that case, this kind of question should not be taken from any show telecasted in specific country.
Anna had been looking through my phone while I was naked.
The food is decent and the drink specials on Tuesdays include $2.


My web site; pub quiz archive

Anonymous said...

Also, we need to determine the rounds of the quiz according to it.
Popular prizes include sports tickets, cash and vouchers
for drinks, food - and dollars off of tabs.

Theme Format: It is almost like standard format of the
pub quiz.

Also visit my web-site - pub quiz area

Anonymous said...

Right awaу I am going awаy to do my breakfаst, afteг having my breakfast coming yet again to read othеr
news.

my blog; buy cheap fragrances online

Anonymous said...

The decor on the inside of the restaurant is absolutely beautiful.
Below are listed a few popular pubs where one can chill in Mumbai.
They feature almost nightly drink specials and some form of entertainment every night
of the week--DJ's, live music, trivia, you name it.

my web page - brainstormer pub quiz answers

Anonymous said...

What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience on
the topic of unpredicted feelings.

my web site :: schwimmende solar teichpumpe

Anonymous said...

I every time used to study post in news papers but now as I
am a user of net so from now I am using net for posts, thanks to
web.

my blog post ... solar teichpumpen set mit akku ::
::