Guilt-free music online

I don’t listen to music online, as the extent of my downloading is EdTech Talk and IT Conversations. However, our boys are starting to share their MP3’s and I was getting concerned that they didn’t understand the nasty forces out there that would do anything to maintain their oligopoly. Therefore, I introduced them to the Creative Commons search feature for media that is free to share. I also showed them Magnatune which features royalty free music. There are a number of single tracks that you can listen to and download for free in order to try before you buy.
What really impressed me about Magnatune is that artists receive 50% of the purchase price of an album (you decide on the price, starting at $5.00) as well as the fact that the artists keep all rights to the music. If this business model catches on, then the major labels have something very serious to worry about, and I have one less thing to worry about.

One Response to “Guilt-free music online”

  1. Christopher Mackay

    But will anyone care?If there’s no Brittany Spears, 50cent, Ashely Simpson or whatever other talentless hack available, it won’t matter what licence it’s available under, will it? People want what they want, and licences don’t matter one whit.

    Those of us who’ve been railing against Sony and their unbelievably arrogant root-kit are kidding ourselves if we think the average consumer is actually paying any attention. That’s the one thing I agree with SonyBMG’s president about; he’s foolish to state his anti-customer position publically, but he’s right — people don’t know and they don’t care. And when they find out, most of them still won’t care.


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