Music 2 legit 2 quit
Don't be discouraged by the Recording Industry Association
of America. For those of us with morals (me not included),
here are some legal online destinations filled with music to
stream and/or download:
New Music Canada (www.newmusiccanada.ca)
Leave it to the CBC to compile the best database of independent
Canadian musicians. Tons and tons of streaming audio available
Umbrella Music (www.umbrellamusic.ca)
A great balance between American and Canadian artists is offered
at this online 'zine which hosts both mp3s and streaming windows
AOL Music (www.aolmusic.com)
Despite an annoying voice proclaiming "AOL first listen!" intermittently
throughout an AOL exclusive premiere song - an attempt to deter
file-traders - the Aolmusic.com site is still a great way to
hear new singles before they hit the radio.
MTV: The Leak (www.mtv.com)
Hear full albums before they are released! Every week, a new
album is featured in the music section of the MTV site, allowing
visitors to stream the entire record in medium-quality sound.
Fanscape is a marketing entity aiming to bring fans and artists
together, but ignore all that online street team crap and just
listen to audio of select artists' latest singles.
RollingStone.com Downloads (www.rollingstone.com/dds/default.asp)
The downloads section of RS' site includes both downloadable
mp3s and streaming formats. A wide range of genres is covered.
A great selection of both mp3s and streaming audio covering mostly
artists on independent labels. Space is also dedicated to ambient
and experimental works, making it a great source for more obscure
Band Web sites & Record label Web sites
These days, most bands and their labels realize there is a demand
to hear songs online - and those that don't should think long
and hard. Just do a search to find the official site of the band
and label and look for an audio/listen/hear/media section. The
best sites will include previews of new songs before they hit
the airwaves and independent artists and labels - like Matador
(www.matadorrecords.com), Epitaph (www.epitaph.com) and Vagrant
(www.vagrant.com) - are often willing to post good-quality mp3s
of some of their tracks.
If you don't want to be restricted to a small selection of sometimes
so-so quality songs that often can't be saved onto your computer,
you still can pay for your downloads by signing on to one of
several subscription digital music sites. Apple's iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes)
has been a popular choice recently, but there's also Pressplay
(www.pressplay.com), Musicnet (www.musicnet.com) and RealNetworks'