Online music (and other audio)
(See also the bookmarks on
aq.org home page.)
Sugar in the Gourd (http://sugarinthegourd.com/) is John Salmon’s old-time music webcast site, with links to
buy the albums.
- Deutsche Grammophon have a new (DRM-free) MP3 store at
RadioLovers.com has old-time radio shows for free in MP3 format — stuff like
Benny Goodman, and so forth. US copyright law prior to 1973 seems to mean
that this stuff is in the public domain. Lots of stuff that’s
interesting, culturally important, and worth listening to, but
that would probably not have enough commercial value decades after
its production to be on the market if it were still under copyright.
(Nowadays, anything newly produced is automatically copyrighted,
and copyright lasts about a hundred years. Think what that
means for your great-grandchildren’s access to the stuff you’re
listening to now.)
Smithsonian Global Sound sell 99¢ downloadable audio tracks of (mostly) folk
music, and are reputed to do a much better job of sharing the
profits with the performers than most commercial distributors
Magnatune is an online commercial record label that lets you try before
you buy, and whose artists retain the rights to their music (licensed
under the Creative Commons license). Their slogan is “We are
Here’s the Slashdot thread I heard about Magnatune from. The guy who runs it posted
a fair bit to the thread.
Russian Blues is where Yuri Naumov sells his CDs — just what you’d expect
grom the name. Each album has a free track available in MP3
BeSonic offers free (as in beer) music (and lets bands upload their
own music for distribution).
- BBC Radio 4’s
In Our Time program about the history of ideas is available
in RealAudio, downloadable MP3, and podcast, and they have
an archive available.
monotonik provides electronica in MP3 format via BitTorrent.
Loca Records (http://www.locarecords.com/) ‘is a small independent record label based in Brighton committed
to releasing electronica and post-rock.’ They provide copylefted
(freely downloadable and sharable) music by small groups, and
you can also buy the albums in physical format.
- On November 11, 2002, there was
an interesting Slashdot thread on alternatives to RIAA-mediated music.
CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/) sells CDs by independent artists. They work directly with
the artists, who make a hefty percentage of each sale. Of course,
if you want to help the RIAA screw over the artists, undermine
the political process, and eliminate individual access to general-purpose
computers, you could buy music from
one of their labels instead. :-)
Audble.com have downloadable audiobooks (for pay). (I haven’t used
their service yet.)
Emusic (http://www.emusic.com/) is a commercial subscription service; you pay a reasonable
monthly fee and you can download anything in their substantial
catalogue. They had great stuff, but they significantly changed
their service (with no notice) in May 2003, requiring their customers
to run Intel-only binaries to use their service, pissing off a
lot of their customers, including me. I no longer recommend
This Slashdot thread discusses sources of digital audiobooks.
Online music radio stations
SomaFM (http://somafm.com/) and in particular their Groove Salad section were recommended
to me by my friend Christine.
WCPE.org is an independent noncommercial classical radio station from
the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. According to
their web site, they are completely listener-funded, unlike NPR
stations which I think tend to be around 50% listener funded these
days. They stream in many formats, including Ogg Vorbis and
KCRW in Santa Monica netcasts
‘alternative’ music and
NPR news in MP3 (Shoutcast), RealPlayer, and Windows Monopoly Player
format. In addition to the simulcast stuff, some of their programming
is archived (just in RealAudio as far as I can tell).
Radio Paradise describe themselves as “eclectic online rock radio”. You
can see what they’re like by looking at
their playlist for the last six hours.
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