Category Archives: digital era(ta)

2 jams

Loved on Soundcloud:

Free download: http://www.anubimusic.net/felix/

and

Free download: 320 mp3: www3.zippyshare.com/v/8007293/file.html

Can you believe this music is (made) free (by the artists)? Nope, neither can I. Makes me want to pay someone! Throw money on the street or something.

Peace,

Linda

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Next Station: all the nothing you ever wanted

We all want instant gratification online, and aren’t we all online?
Whether it’s a film, a song, a plastic shoe that smells like pannacotta- I want it now.
When it came to music the destination used to be clear, for at least three years now – a little site called last.fm. But here’s an announcement from them regarding changes starting November:

So What’s Changing at Last.fm?

The following subscriber-only radio stations will no longer be available:

Loved Tracks Radio: streaming your list of loved tracks
Playlists: streaming a list of tracks you’ve chosen for a playlist
Personal Tag Radio: streaming a list of artists, albums or tracks that you have tagged

by ~johunit

That’s a lot of changes. At least you can a keep a list of all the tracks you favourited. Man, Apple catches on fast, NOT. Will newly-launched Ping save the day? I dun’ tink so, and neither do most people. It’s true, I rarely use iTunes anymore either, VLC does a fantastic job of just playing what I need when I need it. I have slight ADD and an obsessive compulsive nature that tries to organize and sort through music, make playlists that remember for me every song I associate with any mood/place/time of day/ice cream flavours. So basically my digital music brain crutches. I considered it a victory when I narrowed down the number of the genres to 37. But let me just state my epiphany: as if it’s just files. I actually began to look at invaluable efforts coming from artists as just stuff ending with .mp3 or .m4a.

In VLC I don’t sort through anything. I just play something when I feel like it. Isn’t that the point? I don’t download much music anymore. I am learning to love what I already have. So yes, I have freed myself from the cycle of thwarting the very experience of listening to music. OK, when I need to update my iPod or something with new songs, I hear the old cravings of a compulsive maniac starting to rumble.

As for streaming online, I go to Grooveshark when I have a craving [more options over at lifehacker]. I listen to several radio shows and podcasts to keep myself up to date. And sometimes I just enjoy the silence.