Friday, December 19, 2008

On Christmas morning, remember to download only Indie music

For those of you who are lucky enough to find an iPod or other MP3 player in your stocking on Christmas morning, or if your children or other loved ones find one, be sure not to load it with RIAA music. There are great sources of independent music listed on my blog, including Amie Street, eMusic, OurStage, HD Tracks, and MP Traks.

If you use other sources, which contain both independent and RIAA music, such as Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody, or Amazon, be sure to check with RIAA Radar, to make sure the recordings you download have not been brought to you by the bullies who brought, and continue to bring, so much pain to so many with their brutal litigation campaign.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays Ray,

There are some awesome Independent Artists out there and they deserve our attention. Most will allow you to listen to their music before you buy it, and much of it has been hidden from public exposure by Payola. Even some of the old music “heads” that were fed up with the business as usual approach of the RIAA have jumped to the indy labels, and they are still rockin’. The RIAA Radar is simple and will lead you to a lot of the hidden gems out there. Some of the folk music is simply amazing. Thanks, RK

Anonymous said...

I'd just like to mention a few other sources of music worth considering: Jamendo (over 14,000 albums, covering all genres, free to download and creative-commons licensed); and Magnatune (a discerning label that will let you sample all the music before buying, uses "pay what you feel" pricing, and offers monthly "all you can eat" subscriptions; also creative-commons licensed so you can share with your friends).

Honestly, with so much high-quality music freely and legally available online, I can't fathom why people still listen to RIAA bands.

Not Telling said...

Give us some recommendations. You should fill up an iPod with Indie music and play it all the way up during the next pre-trial conference.

raybeckerman said...

I have a whole list of sources of indie music here and my 'store' at has only indie music under the heading "Music".