Sunday, March 21, 2010

5 Open Source music sharing sites worth knowing

The billions of Dollars of the recording industry versus your dozens of Dollars will always mean ground breaking fines and terms of imprisonment should you fall foul of their rules. If you are a music lover and want to enjoy music without looking over your shoulders at all times, then the following 5 Open music sharing sites should be of interest to you.

"Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine." Need I say more?

The IA library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.

This one I guess is quite known by some of you. Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!

ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. I bet you are likely to find something to listen to on this site.

Well this is not as much as a community as it is about one man who gives out his songs for free. Yup. You can hop onto his site and listen to or download any of his songs for free. No fuss.

There we go, 5 sites that are seeking to apply the Open Source development model to music where you can get to download or listen to music for free without looking over your neck to see if you are being watched. Which sites do you go for music?

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