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Despite a really terrific weekend, I had some fairly bad Sunday night blues. We'd had Easter dinner with E's family. I guess, as much as I want to be on board with the whole friendly, accessible in-law routine, I can't help feeling very vegetarian and very non-Christian when I'm sitting in a stodgy restaurant, watching old people eat ham. So I was grumpy and pouty as a result.

So, E decided to give me my birthday present more than a week early; an MP3 player! Hurrah! I no longer have to look hopelessly dorky carrying around a cassette tape walkman. No more skipping CDs! I can have hours and hours of songs strapped to my wrist. I cannot tell you happy this makes me.

Now here's a question. Let's assume for the moment I don't want to steal music (cause I'm an upstanding citizen like that, or some junk.) Anybody know of a good music service that sells MP3s that don't suck? I've poked around at a few of the bigger ones, and it looks like there all full of poppy chart-climbers of various sorts. Nothing edgy, nothing old, no World Music or obscure stuff. Where do I buy good MP3s?

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avahgdu
Mar. 28th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Well, a lot depends on if you have an ipod or not. There are some sites, like Itunes, that only work on ipods.

If you have a different one, try Kaza. I like them a lot. Some of the songs are pay for play, but there is a lot of older stuff that is still peer to peer, but considered legal cause it is so old. And the pay for play stuff has a lot stuff you don't find on Napster.
tafkarfanfic
Mar. 29th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, music from iTunes works just fine on non-iPods. (Boy has an iRiver, and has about 10MB of my iTunes-purchased music on it.) You just need to convert the files from AAC to MP3, and iTunes will do that in a snap.
avahgdu
Mar. 29th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Cool! I was misinformed by a best buy employee. I shall go kick him.-g-
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Cool to know. Thanks.
seditiouscanary
Mar. 28th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Many artists are selling their own now, which I find far less offensive. I'd much rather support the artist then a company pimping them and their wares. While it is hit or miss if the artists you like do this, it is a trend I see gaining momentum.
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm certainly going to look into this. Thanks!

(Also? Hope things are looking up for your move and job prospects. Love to you and your girl.)
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fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
On your advice, I'm going to take another look at eMusic. I guess when I was poking around there last summer I wasn't looking in the right places, because I didn't see much obscure stuff. I'll try again. Thanks.
colinmac
Mar. 28th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
There are also a lot of bands that have free legal downloads from their web sites or from Amazon. I should start a page for that, yeah?
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yes! You really should!
mgoldsmith4
Mar. 29th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
DON"T GET KAZZA! IT REALLY SCREWED UP MY COMPUTER. A friend of mine had to come over one day and clean out the spyware. Napster is good, along with apple.com
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. You have any artist recommendations for me? I am so out of touch with music lately.
mercurialgirl
Mar. 29th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
So spiffy! And it's so teensy and hitechie-looking. Your boy is teh shizzle, yo.

In addition to the oodles of places you can get whole albums at and such, Amazon.com has oodles of free downloads (free crack! Yay!), including Old Fashioned Morphene, the one by Jolene Holland that was played on NPR this weekend.
mercurialgirl
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
Other bits you might like or find interesting:
Green Tara Mantra, by The Dalai Lama (every MP3 player ought to have some Dalai Lama, I say. Aye, Lama! Wait.. maybe I'm thinking alpacas..

Manuel, by The Slackers (This is that song I had my alarm set to forever and a month, so you may already be sick of it, but it's ska, so technically you *have* to like it. :D)

Samsara, by Rasa (good on a massage mix, maybe - Rasa's stuff is all so soothy)

Anyhoo - point being, there's oodles of good stuff.

For the record, I did not just spend an hour browsing and downloading random muzic. (really.)
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hee. You *so* did!

Thanks for the linkies.
tafkarfanfic
Mar. 29th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
I get mine on iTunes. The problem with getting a lot of goth and industrial is that Metropolis, so far as I can tell, won't sell MP3s to ANY service.
fenriss
Mar. 29th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Yeah, I reckon that's true. I'll be ripping a lot of our CDs in my copious spare time. Har.

How you feelin', luv?
(Anonymous)
Sep. 15th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
A great source for world music CDs: http://www.spintheglobemusic.net

Lots of high-quality songs/albums in a wide variety of styles. Pretty much limited to "world music" though this includes everything from traditional instrumentals to African hiphop.
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