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Shpepper
02-14-2009, 08:55 AM
I am looking for some good places to download music. I need some new stuff to listen to. What are your suggestions?

Also What are some suggestions for different bands. I like almost everything and I am open to new stuff too.

Right now my Ipod has:
Thryce Wyked Wenches - a capella ren faire music
BOWI - Celtic Music
Def Leppard
Chubby Checker
Bad Company
Weird AL
Charlie Daniels Band
So there's a variety.

Eric the Grey
02-14-2009, 10:09 AM
I buy all my music downloads from Amazon.com. They have MP3 downloads without DRM.


:cool: Eric the Grey

Shpepper
02-14-2009, 10:11 AM
What is DRM? I'm kinda new to all this downloading stuff.

Eric the Grey
02-14-2009, 10:33 AM
What is DRM? I'm kinda new to all this downloading stuff.

:soapbox:
Digital Rights Management. The purpose of it is to prevent people from copying the files and sharing them over the intenet, but in reality it tends to prevent people from using the music they purchase the way they want to.

A good example of this is iTunes. The music files you purchase from iTunes have DRM in them (or used to), which prevents you from playing them on anything except "authorized" devices (ie: ipods). If you have something except and ipod, the music is no good. The reality of DRM is that it prevents you from using the media you pay for the way you want to, and it doesn't even really prevent what it's designed to. Every form of DRM has been cracked within days or weeks of it being released. It only really irritates honest people.

If you get DRM free music, then you can do pretty much whatever you want. Play them on your computer, or your MP3 player (whatever brand) or a personal media center.

I'll step off my soapbox now.

:cool: Eric the Grey

AdminAssistant
02-14-2009, 03:13 PM
I tend to still buy CD's so I can't help you much with downloads (although I agree, iTunes sucks!)

My places to just 'check out' music - youtube and myspace. On myspace music pages, artists can now download pretty much all of their music. It's a good way to give a listen to something then decide if you want to buy it.

RetailWorkhorse
02-14-2009, 03:25 PM
Mod Edit: Removed link to illegal download site

Free music, LEGAL downloads. I get my music and anime there. just be sure to pick a torrent (the files) with the most Seeders and Leechers (S and L, Seeders are who you download the majority of the music from, Leechers you get smaller parts from and a Leecher will connect to your computer to get certain pieces from you from the same torrent).

It's not real fun to be downloading some music and the Seeder stops seeding at 95%. been there, done that, seeding Rozen Maiden on the Down Hill Computer (it's connected to DSL).

You can download over dial-up or while tethering your cell phone to your computer (what I do) if you don't have any sort of regular landlines or high speed internet. It just takes longer.

A good torrent downloader is Azureus 2.5 (version 3 is.....gah, a nightmare, sure it looks pretty and you can search torrents from it rather than torrent sites, but it's a pain to use).

BookstoreEscapee
02-14-2009, 08:15 PM
I've plugged them before but if you like Irish rock look for the band Blaggards. They're from Houston (but the lead singer is from Ireland). And the bass player is my cousin. Can't help you with where to download...I get most of my music from iTunes and pilfering CDs from people.

irateguy
02-15-2009, 12:51 AM
I like Kings Of Leon, Cream, The Doors, peter Frampton.
Last night I saw a Journey Tribute band called Frontiers they were awesome

AdminAssistant
02-15-2009, 03:09 AM
My two favorite bands evar: The Dresden Dolls (punk cabaret) and The Birthday Massacre (electronica-ish) Amanda Palmer (lead singer of the Dolls) has a solo record out that is AMAZING.

Shpepper
02-15-2009, 03:25 AM
:soapbox:
Digital Rights Management.
I'll step off my soapbox now.

:cool: Eric the Grey

So can I still use the itunes that came with my ipod to manage the music if I download it from other places? Or is there something different that is better to use? All the music I have, I loaded cd's into my computer. I've been using the itunes stuff to put it on the ipod.

Shpepper
02-15-2009, 03:32 AM
I tend to still buy CD's so I can't help you much with downloads (although I agree, iTunes sucks!)
My places to just 'check out' music - youtube and myspace. On myspace music pages, artists can now download pretty much all of their music. It's a good way to give a listen to something then decide if you want to buy it.


I've been doing the youtube thing. Found a bunch of stuff there that I want. But most of it is single songs. I didn't think of myspace though. I will have to look there.

irateguy-- Thanks for the ideas. They are on my list.


I've plugged them before but if you like Irish rock look for the band Blaggards. They're from Houston (but the lead singer is from Ireland). And the bass player is my cousin. Can't help you with where to download...I get most of my music from iTunes and pilfering CDs from people.


Irish Rock is always good. You might like BOWI as well. www.myspace.com/bowiband. I took the credited pics for them.

CaroPhoenix
02-15-2009, 04:05 AM
I love the genre Doo Wop (from the late 1950's into the early 1960's - one of the most famous Doo Wop songs is "Blue Moon"). Anyway, I've DL'd The Edsels, the Persuassions, The Viscounts. I've been on a children's music kick (for Child Rum) so that's been the majority of stuff at the moment.

I downloaded Loreena McKennit, Solas, and Emilie Autumn (I especially love her song Miss Lucy had some leeches.

Mr. Rum is bugging me or I'd be giving more music recommendations.

MadMike
02-15-2009, 06:18 AM
Digital Rights Management. The purpose of it is to prevent people from copying the files and sharing them over the intenet, but in reality it tends to prevent people from using the music they purchase the way they want to.


Not only that, you don't know what the DRM is going to do to your computer. The Sony Rootkit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Sony_BMG_CD_copy_protection_scandal) is a perfect example of why it can't be trusted.

Then there's the possibility that the company supplying the media goes out of business. Once the DRM servers are no longer accessible, your purchased music will no longer work.

DRM needs to die a slow, painful death. :rant:

Shpepper
02-15-2009, 06:38 AM
Well, I will NOT be downloading music from Itunes then. If I am paying for music, I want it available just like if I had it on an LP(giving away my age here) or a CD.

I need to find a good usb turntable. I can get some fun stuff that way too.

I will go to Amazon. I actually found that Amazon has over 500 songs that can be downloaded for free. There are a bunch of musicians that I have never heard of but it's fun to listen to some of them. I found one there that I do like. Blackpool Lights is the band name.

Eric the Grey
02-15-2009, 11:36 AM
So can I still use the itunes that came with my ipod to manage the music if I download it from other places? Or is there something different that is better to use? All the music I have, I loaded cd's into my computer. I've been using the itunes stuff to put it on the ipod.

Actually, unless there is something new, you have to use iTunes to manage the music on your iPod (although I suspect there is a Linux app that will work as well...). It will handle and even rip CD's into MP3 format, but will not work with Windows Media (WMA) format. That's probably a licensing issue.

Mod Edit: Removed link to illegal download site
Free music, LEGAL downloads. I get my music and anime there. just be sure to pick a torrent (the files) with the most Seeders and Leechers (S and L, Seeders are who you download the majority of the music from, Leechers you get smaller parts from and a Leecher will connect to your computer to get certain pieces from you from the same torrent).

While I'm not unfamiliar with, and do frequently use bittorrent to download videos and sometimes music (I will purchase this music if I like it), I have to contradict you here RW, anything you get on the pirate bay is most likely ILLEGAL as hell, and you should use caution when downloading from there because the RIAA and MPAA both track people and sue them for downloading.

There have been bands who have put out torrents of their own music, because they do not belong to a major label and want to get themselves recognized, but they are few and far between. If you want to ensure your music is legal, then purchase through an authorized retailer (online or otherwise).

Not only that, you don't know what the DRM is going to do to your computer. The Sony Rootkit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Sony_BMG_CD_copy_protection_scandal) is a perfect example of why it can't be trusted.

<...snip...>

DRM needs to die a slow, painful death. :rant:

Yea, I was trying to avoid running headlong into fratching territory. DRM is bad and while a long slow painful death might be nice to witness, I'd prefer it to go away yesterday, all at once, forever, and be out of our hair once and for all.

Well, I will NOT be downloading music from Itunes then. If I am paying for music, I want it available just like if I had it on an LP(giving away my age here) or a CD.

There are a few other sites that sell MP3's online. www.emusic.com is one of them, if I recall the right site (I cannot get to it from work because music download sites are blocked here at work).

If you are looking for more music, different artists, then I'd suggest heading over to Pandora.com (http://www.pandora.com/). Enter in the name of an artist you like, and let Pandora will play them, and then other similar tunes. If you like them, you can search them out, or follow the links they offer.



:cool: Eric the Grey

Lace Neil Singer
02-15-2009, 12:03 PM
Get into Kiss. Then you will be introduced to the world of the craziest fans ever. XD

Shpepper
02-15-2009, 07:29 PM
There are a few other sites that sell MP3's online. www.emusic.com is one of them, if I recall the right site (I cannot get to it from work because music download sites are blocked here at work).

If you are looking for more music, different artists, then I'd suggest heading over to Pandora.com (http://www.pandora.com/). Enter in the name of an artist you like, and let Pandora will play them, and then other similar tunes. If you like them, you can search them out, or follow the links they offer.
:cool: Eric the Grey

Thanks so much for all the great information. I did wonder about the bit torrent stuff. i didn't like it. It's a bit confusing for me and how could it be legal to download full albums from artists that are still for sale in stores.

I am going to look at the Emusic site. That looks good. My son actuially told me last night about Pandora. He listens to it all the time.


Get into Kiss. Then you will be introduced to the world of the craziest fans ever. XD GAKHAKAWEA ! ! ! Ywech. I didn't like them when they first started out. Still don;t are for them to this day. There's lots of other good metal bands that I love thouhg.

Gawdzillers
02-16-2009, 12:06 AM
Open to anything, you say?
Melvins
Tool
Butthole Surfers
Sunn0)))

:)

Shpepper
02-16-2009, 12:37 AM
Butthole surfers. I forgot about them. Used to listen to them .

PepperElf
02-16-2009, 12:42 AM
I use to use www.epitonic.com cos they had legal free downloads but now they just do streaming.

so usually i just do itunes. or i buy the cd

Lady Legira
02-16-2009, 12:51 AM
One of my (many) favourite bands Mostly Autumn (http://www.mostly-autumn.com/) kinda in the progressive vein with touches of Pink Floyd.

Evergreen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTjHkaODDQc)

Heroes Never Die (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTiBjRe25JY)

A Different Sky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPuxgFn5X9E)

Just a small selection from this very talented (and local to me) band. They are so local in fact that my husband used to meet several of them while working in the enquiry office (he's moved to sorting now though).

Mr Slugger
02-16-2009, 10:59 AM
DRM sucks, but there are ways.... :devil:

As far as new bands I used to use a site that you could find through downloads.com They had free mp3s as teasers.

I found a band called Sabaton through there. Got a awesome song called Primo Victoria
Then I do use iLike as well at times. (although I haven't been there in a while) Found the bands Witchbreed, Blinded Colony & Throwdown.

But honestly the best way I find new music is through itunes, or you tube. Like I tend to check out the artist they tell you to check out and I'll run onto you tube and listen to their music on you tube.

Mr. Rager!
02-16-2009, 06:52 PM
I download my music from iTunes or I go to Best Buy and buy the CDs. They are going DRM-free. I like the Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Queens of the Stoneage. I have been listening to The Last Shadow Puppets for a bit now and liking them more and more each time. And you can burn the music to a CD if you go with iTunes. In fact, they tell you to back it up.

Boozy
02-17-2009, 01:45 PM
I loaded up a lot of my iTunes purchased music onto an MP3 player (not an iPod) for my dad, and didn't have any trouble. :confused:

I wonder if DRM stuff is different here in Canada?

PuckishOne
02-17-2009, 02:20 PM
I do both iTunes and Amazon (mainly because I use my iPod for everything musical), so I'll recommend iTunes for sheer ubiquity and Amazon for ease of use and fairly decent selection.

That said...some suggestions:

Some Celtic and related stuff:

Enter the Haggis
Great Big Sea
Altan
The Pogues

I really like the new Coldplay stuff, the new Keane single ("The Lovers Are Losing"), and I've always got a lot of old/new Rush and Barenaked Ladies in rotation.

If you haven't caught the hype on the Fleet Foxes, yet, go check them out - they are from my neck of the woods and I am happy to report there's not a flannel shirt in sight. :D Two other local groups I like a lot are The Divorce and Harvey Danger...I know Harvey's got stuff you can download, but not sure about the other.

A group I really like, Correo Aereo (http://www.correoaereo.com), doesn't have anything downloadable that I know of, but it's worth ordering one of their CDs if you like what you hear on their website.

And I'll put in another vote for Kings of Leon, too, just 'cause. ;)

MadMike
02-17-2009, 10:48 PM
I wonder if DRM stuff is different here in Canada?

I think I saw an article that stated that Apple was abandoning DRM.

dalesys
02-17-2009, 11:12 PM
Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour archives (http://www.woodsongs.com/showlist.asp) - you can download entire shows, most of them with both audio & video.

Woodsongs headline:
"Our worldwide multi-media celebration of grassroots, Americana music. Get ready to explore the beautiful world of folk, bluegrass, songwriting, new artists, literature, worldwide radio, television and concerts"

Also, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage has streaming feeds of an extremely wide variety. My favorite is Groovelily (http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/kc_video_dyn.cfm?encoded=http://play.rbn.com/?url=kennedy/kennedyg2/g2demand/10132002_1800_MSN.rm&proto=rtsp&header_image=header_mil_video.gif) which is led by a former Army Lieutenant (Valerie Vigoda) playing a 6-string flying-V electric violin.

She tells a story about a stalker who came to a very bad end: she married him:lol: (He's the keyboardist in the band, Brendan)

Shpepper
02-17-2009, 11:53 PM
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. Keep them coming. I love discovering new music. My band favorites folder is rapidly getting bigger and bigger. Some I haven't totally checked out yet but I will.

I Love what I have heard of the Blaggards. Thanks for whomever pointed me in that direction.

digilight
02-18-2009, 03:16 PM
I think I saw an article that stated that Apple was abandoning DRM.

I remember reading the same article a couple of months ago or so. They were also changing their pricing structure on music.

As for music. Lately I've been on a eclectic kick. I have the following on the ipod right now.

Dead Kennedys, Pink Floyd, Enya, Enigma, The Cure, Jamariqua, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, among others (Needed nice chill quiet music for the hospital).

PuckishOne
02-19-2009, 07:42 PM
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. Keep them coming. I love discovering new music. My band favorites folder is rapidly getting bigger and bigger. Some I haven't totally checked out yet but I will.
Shpepper, PM me if you're in the Seattle area and ever want to check out some good traditional Celtic stuff...my bf plays in a Celtic band and knows pretty much everyone in that scene, and it's always fun to bring in new people. :)