A legal music downloading service that works on Linux

Tom Mckay tom.mckay1 at gmail.com
Sun May 20 02:10:25 UTC 2007

For those of you who are looking for legal music for the linux
platform, I would highly recommend all of your to give http://last.fm
a try. It's not exactly a downloading service (although there are
thousands of free tracks available), but more of an internet radio
variety. But there are some very big differences. With last.fm, you
can skip songs, love/hate them, listen by tags, among other methods.
Eventually it will built a music profile of your tastes, so that it
plays stuff you actually enjoy listening to. Trading my listening
habits for all the free music i can handle is a personal sacrifice I'm
willing to make, but the rest of you will have to make that call for
yourselves. Of you using GNOME, there is an excellent Mono application
called Last-Exit which is an excellent alternative to Last.fm's own
software, which is written in QT. If anybody does decide to use it, my
account is Nubbie, feel free to look me up. Happy listening ubuntu
users :)

On 5/18/07, Russell McOrmond <russell at flora.ca> wrote:
> Illusha Nokhrin wrote:
> > I believe that eMusic offers DRM-free downloads, and does not require
> > you to install anything on your computer. They do have a download
> > manager, but as far as I know, that is an optional download.
>    I am an eMusic customer.  I don't trust the download managers from
> these services given they are non-FLOSS and aren't native Linux, so use
> it entirely in the browser.  They recently sent me a survey, and I
> listed DRM-free and vendor-neutral software interface as the primary
> reason I am a customer of their service.
>    I know this isn't a major concern for most people, but be careful of
> just downloading Windows apps and using them under Wine.  This all
> counts towards statistics which are used against us, claiming that there
> are a smaller number of us than there really are.  They then use these
> false statistics to lobby governments to change the law to harm us.
>    We need to, wherever possible, stand proud and be counted!
> Correcting misinformation "statistics" from BSA/CAAST whenever we see
> it.  http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/3956
>    The made-up BSA/CAAST numbers are often used to justify radical
> changes to copyright law which will make choosing Linux and other FLOSS
> that much harder.  The most influential factor in the BSA/CAAST study
> methodology is actually their "estimate" of the number of people using
> Linux, OpenOffice.org and other FLOSS applications.
> Revoking freedom of choice from operating system and other software
> vendors consistent with intent of anti-circumvention policy
> http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/3935
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Tom McKay

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