August 11, 2005
One day at work I was thinking about my favorite music download sites (okay, I admit, I do that every day). I started a list in my head from A to Z, then decided to post it here and share the love. I purposely left off the paid download sites, choosing to list only sites with freely available (and often legal) downloads.
Feel free to add your favorite sites in the comments.
A - April Winchell - Musical oddities are the specialty of this long-standing favorite.
B - Better Propaganda - Providing streaming and downloadable mp3's and videos.
C - Cocaine Blunts & Hip Hop Tapes - My favorite hip hop mp3 blog.
D - Dimeadozen - The place to find a varied selection of live shows and rarities in lossless formats.
E - elbo.ws - An mp3 blog aggregator, listing recent posts to music blogs.
F - Fluxblog - A Perpetua motion machine of insightful commentary and interesting downloads.
G - gabba.pod - mp3 download community with lively discussion.
H - The Hype Machine - MP3 blog aggregator that lists mp3's featured on music blogs.
I - Insound - A leading online indie record store, Insound is also home to a copious amount of downloadable mp3's.
J - Jazz and Conversation - A jazz mp3 blog that is as informative as it is enjoyable.
K - Kiddie Records - Takes us all back to our youth with a different children's album every week.
L - The Live Music Archive - An archive that truly lives up to its name with live shows and net label album releases across musical genres.
M - Myspace - Download and/or stream music from many up-and-coming and established artists.
N - No Love For Ned - This weekly internet radio show is my favorite online stream, and often offers in-studio guests to go with an intelligent, eclectic playlist. Not a download source, but a download inspiration.
O - OverClocked Remix - If video game remixes are your thing, this is the place to find them.
R - ready rock moe rex (Moebius Rex) - My current favorite mp3 blog, Moe Rex is always opening my ears to something new.
S - Said the Gramophone - One of the original mp3 blogs, and still one of the best.
T - The Tofu Hut - Not only the leading prophet for music blogs, The Tofu Hut is also home to wonderfully diverse music downloads and the most comprehensive blogroll of music blogs in the world.
V - John Vanderslice - The singer/songwriter/producer extraordinaire makes much of his past discography available for download.
W - Women Folk - An mp3 blog of female artists' works.
X - XTC4U - Many live shows and rarities from the seminal English band, XTC.
Y - You Ain't No Picasso - YANP has been blowing up recently, whether posting indie cover collections or live shows, the content is always fresh and interesting.
Z - Zenguin - An independent artist collective with many free downloads available.