The music industry wants to tax us for using our Internet connection? How quaint. Wasn’t there a protest about that sort of thing a while back? Oh yes, ‘no taxation without representation.’ That’s it.
Anyhoo, while they’re trying desperately to retrieve a dead and gone business model, teh internets is moving on apace as ever. Here’s a set of tools which are perfect for building (or recreating even) your perfect music collection.
- First off you’ll need the most excellent Orbit Downloader. This freeware program is a super slick, super fast file downloader which speeds up conventional file downloads and also lets you download and store streaming music and video in different formats. Just download, install and fire up the Grab++ tool and it will sit there monitoring your web browser so you can select which media files to keep/save. The only hassle is you have to rename the files to the track/artist instead of a cryptic number, but it’s a small task.
Now visit one of these new playlist services and set up your choice of favourite music streams (you can use Orbit with other streaming services of course, this is just a sample of some of the newer ones you may not have heard of).
- NuTsie. Superb playlist creator which lets you save, share and discover new music and enjoy your old favourites. The interface is nice and clean, the tracklist is impressively comprehensive and you can plunder other user playlists like a real Viking if you want.
- Project Playlist. Search for favourite tracks, browse playlists and play the ones you fancy. Be careful though, you’ll grab whole playlists at a time with this service.
- Jango. The most elegant and fully featured of the new music player services. Just log on to the site and the radio station starts streaming songs to you according to your pre-selected preferences. Lots of flexibility, community and music make this a great destination for finding new stuff and remembering old.
- The SixtyOne. A kind of Digg portal for music. Vote for the tracks you like and advance them up the leaderboard. An interesting mix of stuff in a variety of genres.
…and of course, if you really enjoy the music you find, and you don’t already have it in your collection on 8–track, you can always use the prominently displayed Buy It buttons on each of these sites to download the tracks or CDs, complete with all that lovely artwork and extra material.
PS By the way, as an alternative, the Nexus Radio freeware application is still going from strength to strength. 7000+ radio stations, 38 music genres and a built-in one click TiVo type recorder make this a superb tool as well. Enjoy!