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Free 4 All: Free Music Archive by tjwell01
April 10, 2009, 5:06 pm
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A website that gives away free music that’s legal and portable? No way! Don’t get too excited, but this new site, Free Music Archive, gives away free live tracks from selected new artists, like Vivian Girls and Max Tundra. The whole site is funded by the the New York State Music Fund, according to the SPIN article.

The music is provided by three major independent radio stations based in Seattle, Portland and Jersey City, and the basic idea is to create a blog version of these radio stations, except no commercials, you pick the song and you get to keep it.

Don’t be scared off by the word “live,” because these tracks have quality sound, and it’s hard to tell if the recording is live at all.

There’s one catch though; you’re not going to find big mainstream acts on this site. There’s not going to be any Lady Gaga or Beirut, but you can get some quality tracks from Daniel Johnston and Dan Deacon. Not a bad consolation prize.

The number of available songs will certainly grow, and there’s plenty of artists on the site you’ve never even heard of. One mini-flaw in the format is that there’s no super-advanced sorting system. You basically just pick a song, listen and decide if you like it. I love the idea because it forces you to discover new groups while getting to keep the music in return. I’m sure this site is going to start a wave of other non-profit projects like this later. It’ll get interesting when more radio stations get involved.

–Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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