"[A] recently launched music Web site that carries independent -- and mostly little-known -- artists, is trying an unusual model for selling music
. Instead of selling songs at one fixed price, the site determines prices for songs based on how frequently they're downloaded." [WSJ link
posted by pfafflin
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Clare Short MP, former International Development Secretary for the UK Labour government, debates replacing trident and the UK's role in nuclear proliferation (and the world in general) with Michael Codner, Director of Military Science at the Royal United Services Institute. Scroll to the bottom for the mp3s.
posted by nthdegx
on Jul 24, 2006 -
The Broad Band
has released an on-line protest song: God Save the Internet
. Jill Sobule, Kay Hanley, and Michelle Lewis are trying to stir up a webgrass protest against what may already be a done deal. They are in favor of Net Neutrality, by the way.
posted by mmahaffie
on Jun 13, 2006 -
is an excellent web based utility for downloading web video from many of the most popular sites (iFilm, google video, YouTube & a ton of others) to your hard drive.
posted by jonson
on Mar 12, 2006 -
Download Flash Video.
This site makes it easy to download all of the You Tube, Google Video and iFilm content that has been appearing on the front page. Ideal if you can't view them at work and your home connection is arthritic. Similiar functionality can be provided for Google and You Tube by a greasemonky script
. The downloaded file is in .FLV format which can be viewed with VLC
or FLV Player
. .FLV can be converted to other formats with TVC
once you have it on your system.
posted by Mitheral
on Mar 8, 2006 -
, "a great guide to the downtempo music scene/lifestyle, spotlighting not only the essential release reviews, label/artist profiles and other data on the genre but also exclusive DJ mixes and all kinds of other goodies" (via
). Check out the totally free, totally chill Radio Jazztronica #3
mix from DJ Chicken George. It's 55+ minutes of "unpredictable, energetic and heart-felt" downtempo that packs a serious punch. Did I mention it's free?
posted by JPowers
on Feb 8, 2006 -
Oh, the irony.
This season of Survivor
(premiering tonight!), CBS will offer $1.99 video downloads of each episode on its own site, bypassing middlemen such as iTunes and Google Video. The catch? Your download "survives" only 24 hours after you buy it. Remember how well DIVX
posted by mkultra
on Feb 2, 2006 -
The Portable Freeware Collection
tracks free Windows software that can be launched from a USB flash drive with no installation. It advises on how to prepare and launch the software (usually as simple as saving and double clicking an exe file), and if/where settings are written to the computer. I'm particularly keen to get to grips with the Pimmy
email, newsgroup and RSS client; the KM@
web browser (portable versions of Firefox and Opera are also available
); and organizational joygasm NeoMem
posted by nthdegx
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Download Fahrenheit 9/11 Here
This guy wants you to see the Moore film and is willing to suffer a possible lawsuit in order to get it to you. Free.
"I'll see how my bandwidth holds up. Here is the initial release of my posting of Fahrenheit 9/11. It's big. Its 650 megs. So - if you are on a slow connection - don't even bother. Go rent the DVD. But if you have DSL or better - here it is."
posted by Postroad
on Oct 29, 2004 -
Bedroom Music for Bedroom People
A veritable treasure trove of hours and hours of mixes of fine abstract headphone-fodder of varying flavours, be it compelling hiphop or weirdo IDM or just etcetera. A fine way to pass a lazy Sunday away ...
posted by syscom
on Apr 18, 2004 -
Downloaders Pay Back Wilco
allows fans who downloaded copies of the new Wilco album to donate to the band-selected charity Doctors Without Borders. In less than a day online, with nothing more than word-of-mouth publicity, donations exceeded $1,500.
posted by methree
on Apr 2, 2004 -
The hugely popular iTunes
is a success story. But not for Apple, which makes virtually no revenue
from the online download service.
"When that 99 cents leaves your wallet, the RIAA monopoly swallows most of it, and the credit card companies swallow the rest. As the supplicant in this relationship, Apple is left holding the can.
" Steve Jobs -
"We would like to break even/make a little bit of money but it's not a money maker,"
posted by Blue Stone
on Nov 7, 2003 -
Psst! Wanna download some mp3s? Now you can do so without looking over your shoulder to see who is watching. Creative Commons
has compiled a selection
of tracks utilising their licensing system for free download. The ability to create derivative works and share them around has resulting in some interesting remixes
of one of the original tracks, also.
via A Whole Lotta Nothing
posted by dg
on Oct 22, 2003 -
Proof of Life After Copyright
: An overexcited e-mail from the Gutenbergers
April 10, 2002 was the day Project Gutenberg reached 5,000 eBooks. By Moore's Law, October 10, 2003 could be the day for number 10,000. We are just over half way — 7,661 as I write this — 2,339 to go! That will take over 300 eBooks per month; we need you to help us push our average up from 268 per month to get to 10,000 by December, 31st.
God help us if the entire universe fails to obey Moore's Law: the IPO of the singularity
could be delayed. So pitch in.
posted by hairyeyeball
on Apr 15, 2003 -
an established author is giving away his latest novel "The Tie and The Crest", for free on the internet, here
he explains why. It's all very noble and I applaud it.
While we are on the subject, has anyone mentioned the Big Read
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Export Restrictions on a website?
I had to agree to this before downloading stuff from Oracle:
I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.
posted by arnab
on Sep 10, 2002 -
Gee, this a good idea
(NYT reg req) - The New York Times discusses the growing popularity of .zip whole album downloads on Audiogalaxy. The article is also kind enough to include a step-by-step how-to for idiots like me who want free music but haven't thought of this before. Thanks!
posted by dydecker
on Feb 25, 2002 -
The American Institute of Graphic Arts offer a selection of useful symbols in eps and gif formats for free download
. Are there any other sites offering similar symbols?
posted by ecvgi
on Sep 10, 2001 -
"That's one slurpee and five mp3s. . . "
Music Tellers will happen one way or another, I'll bet. And there will be places--legal or not--where fast downloading of whatever will be available for a price. (It's been a long time--7-11s still have surpees don't they?)
posted by aflakete
on Feb 25, 2001 -
Stumbled on this, it seems like a good idea the artists actually approve the download of their mp3s...
posted by jonpanky
on Feb 5, 2001 -
"Download the new Snoop Dogg
DeskPlaya and kick it with Snoop Dogg all dizay on your desktizop!"
. Now if only every new tech release could have descriptions like that...
posted by NickBarat
on Nov 29, 2000 -
The Anatomy of File Download Spyware.
A nice report on the "spyware" present in downloading utilities like Netscape/AOL's "Smart Download", NetZip "Download Demon", and RealNetworks "RealDownload". It's true, we are all being watched.
posted by Succa
on Jul 16, 2000 -