Magnatune

“We’re not evil.” If ever there was a great slogan, that one’s gotta be in the running. It’s the slogan of Magnatune, the open record label.

Magnatune is a record label which sells downloadable music in a number of formats, including actual CDs. All of their music is Create Commons licensed (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike ). You can listen to everything online- every song in its entirety. You can purchase the music by the album, and decide what to pay- from $5 to $18 US, add $4.97 to your chosen price for a physical CD. Choose your price wisely, as the artists recieve 50% of every sale. $8 is the recommended price. Pricing is also available in Euros and Sterling. You can even license the music for commercial use, directly online. Choose your use type, duration, etc., and the price is calculated instantly.

Of course, the music is what really matters. I’ve listened to a number of items from the Classical and Jazz/Blues genres, and I’m very impressed. Other genres include New Age, Metal/Punk, Rock/Pop, and Electronica.

My favorite so far is the album The Depths of a Year by pianist Ehren Starks, with Kate Gurba on cello. I’m always on the lookout for good instrumental music to listen to at work while writing code. The album is described as “piano and cello jazzy new age.” The first track, “The Tale of Room 620”, is just indescribably good. Give it a listen, and look around. You’re bound to find something great. If you do, leave me a comment below with your recommendations. I’ve already got three or four albums I plan to purchase, once I’ve given them a full listen and decided on the purchase price.

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2 Responses to “Magnatune”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Magnatune: Internet Music Without the Guilt<br/>

  2. Uncle Roger Says:

    Wow! Thank you!<br/>

    I used to listen to MP3.com before they were Godzilla-versus-Bambi-ized. I found quite a few artists that were fantastic and whose albums I purchased. There were more that I wanted to buy, but never got around to in time.

    Now there’s this, which seems pretty good on a quick look (I’m listening to Room 620 as I write this and am enjoying it throroughly). Best of all, an incredible guitarist (that I found through MP3.com and whose albums I bought) is there too! (I don’t know markdown, so I’ll just stick in the URL: http://magnatune.com/artists/john_williams)

    So, thank you a gazillion times!