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Friday, July 12, 2002

MP3 Done Right:

Do yourself a favor and check out They have scads of artists and albums available for download in 128K MP3s. You get a free 50 downloads in 14 days. After that, you can sign up for three months at $14.95 per month or for a year for $9.95 per month. You won't find the latest mega stars, but you will find cool, older, hard-to-find stuff. Universal has released 1000 albums from its older catalogue to the service. They want to see if they can make money off old albums that aren't moving (or, more likely, very hard to find). It seems like a particularly good resource if you like Blues and Jazz.

As an example, I downloaded a They Might Be Giants disc and I'm in the process of downloading Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn's In Session. The sound quality is excellent and the download speed is as fast as my DSL line will take me (512K). There are no restrictions on them. You can burn them to a disc or put them on your MP3 player. The license does restrict them to your personal use though. In otherwords, don't make a copy for all of your friends. But for $9.95/mo for all-you-can-eat, where is the incentive to steal?

Somebody's finally getting it right! For the price of one disc you can snag all you want all month, all legally. The artists (or at least their label) is paid for everytime the track is downloaded. Thanks Ars Technica for the awesome heads-up.

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