Today is Purim, when Jews are supposed to: get drunk, read the Biblical book of Esther, cross dress, give charity (specifically, small change to beggars; other kinds of charity are a general good thing, but not particularly associated with Purim), and give gifts to friends, traditionally edible ones.
This year, I have failed to go to the purim party cos my mother doesn't really like purim, and had just done a big teaparty for all the old people in the community so she didn't feel like going out this evening. I am not drunk, but I only very rarely get drunk on purim; it's not one of the commandments that I find most personally meaningful. But I would like to give gifts and charity. pthalogreen
had this very cool idea of celebrating a Bahai gift-giving festival (that I can't spell) by giving all her friends list mp3s, and I want to copy this idea.
The trouble is that I don't want to take part in illegal filesharing. Partly because I personally believe that artists should get financial rewards for their work, and partly because, well, it wouldn't be very appropriate to celebrate Purim by giving stolen
gifts! So what I originally planned was that for every mp3 I uploaded, I would make sure to buy a legitimate copy of that mp3. However, I can't find a way to buy mp3s that doesn't involve dodgy business practices. I don't want to use a subscription service, because I want to own the mp3s permanently, not pay a stupid amount per month to "rent" them. And I don't want to pay to download mp3s in a way that requires me to install lots of icky software on my computer, and which can only be played using a particular proprietary program, and which has all kinds of restrictions built in on making even perfectly legal copies for personal use.
So I'm asking my knowledgeable friends list: is it even possible to do what I want, namely: pay a sensible price to an above-board company (who will then pass on the appropriate licensing fee to the musician), in exchange for being allowed to download a normal, unadulterated mp3 file? If this isn't possible, what I might do is give away my own (normal) mp3s from various sources, which technically isn't legal but I don't feel too bad about it, and also
buy a legit copy with DRM so that the artist gets their fair share. But not bother to actually use it, because it's too much of a nuisance.
|Date:||March 14th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)|
17 hours after journal entry, 03:26 pm (blue_mai's time)
i wish i could be helpful here, as i feel i _should_ be able to.. but actually...
i buy hardcopy only. but i do download a lot of legal, free mp3s. you might feel that it's a problem that no money goes back to the artists - but basically a lot of labels and artists see it as good promotion - so you could too, ie. you give someone a free mp3, they might like it, and go out and buy the cd.
another problem is that free downloads are often not great quality - cos their intention is as a taster, rather than a quality product - some labels do it deliberately, most just compress to save space and speed downloading.
i dont know anywhere that's like a massive music store - i go direct to labels/bands own websites.
myspace is an obvious place to look - lots of smaller bands especially let you download up to 4 tracks, but the quality's usually pretty poor (crude compression).
emusic and magnatune have already been mentioned..
so some non-obscure labels:saddlecreek
(label to bright eyes, the faint, rilo kiley, cursive) has a couple of songs by each artist, good quality. (go to "downloads" under each band's profile)subpop
(label to loads and loads of mostly american mainstream indie and rock such as mudhoney) go to "multimedia"
english indie label track and field
(home to broken family band, dressy bessy, saloon)
you can buy good quality mp3s of full discographies, in exactly the manner you're looking for (no registration required etc), from Kompakt
, a german label. they have a lot of artists, but it's all in the electro, house, techno area, though they do have pop leanings. (i havent done it myself, but i can't find some of their things on cd, so i checked it out and i will probably buy some downloads at some point)
(home to lush, cocteau twins, lisa germano, the birthday party, the breeders) sells the same format downlaods as itunes - but without the DRM
. (i find the website awkward - but at least i know most of the artists..)
wasn't really aware of the issues, in background reading came across this
interesting article about the problems libraries face.
came up too - the swedish "pirate party"?!
i guess if you have specific songs in mind, then just check their/ their label's site. majors will be a problem though.