Thursday, March 15, 2007

music items.

no, i'm not going to give you a link to a bunch of new root signals stuff. yet. we are progressing at a fair clip, though.

instead, a couple of things about listening to other people's music. first, i listen to a lot of internet radio. if you don't, you should, because it's great... just look for stations that play in the niches of music you like and then let your ears slurp it up for hours on end. but internet radio is under threat now from a prohibitively sharp royalty increase. and no, not artist royalties, of course. if you care about this (and i say you should!) and live in the US, you can protest the death of internet radio via petitions, writing to congresspeople, etc. savethestreams.org is a good place to start.

next, fangirl time: i must gush about emusic.com. oh, my. yummy music as low as like $.26 per song, no evil DRM to tell you how and where you can play it, and they even carry many of those obscure artists that i love (most of whom i find via internet radio, btw). if you pay $20 per month you get 75 downloads per month, and there are cheaper plans too. i signed up for their 25-free-songs trial and scooped up some desert dwellers, koop, ane brun, arcade fire and more... and have about 200 songs (so far) saved for when the subscription month rolls over.

my only complaint is that they don't have a more expensive plan by which you can download more. who needs eating? ... um... yeah okay, maybe it's a good thing they cap it off.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Susannah said...

yeah, emusic is the best. Though my complaint is the opposite, I wish that I could download per song rather than a monthly subscription....busy grad students tend to forget pesky things like downloading. Or maybe if the songs rolled over. So I keep joining and quitting because I keep wanting stuff and then forgetting to use my subscription.

3/15/2007 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger alannka barabanka said...

hi susannah! yeah rollover would be great but i am all for them affording to stay in business. try putting a monthly reminder into your cellphone: "GO DOWNLOAD MUSIC NOW or you will be sorry!" hmm, i might do that.

have you finagled a way to get 25 free songs each time you quit and join? nah, i'm sure they are wise to that.

3/15/2007 12:24:00 PM  

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