Wonderful free music from SXSW

Last night I fired up Bittorrent and downloaded 3.5 gigs of music from this year’s SXSW bands. Am listening now. It is totally wonderful music. A real gift. To download you need Bittorrent and a few hours (I just downloaded it overnight).

This is a major gift to all of us on the Internet from the bands and from SXSW. I appreciate it very much — this is NOT stolen music, it’s all on the up-and-up. Thank you to Bram Cohen, who brought us Bittorrent. It’s really great to have a way to distribute such large files to everyone in the world.

Comments

  1. It should be noted that this year’s SxSW torrent is an unofficial, community-generated effort, as SxSW. SxSW published and seeded torrents in 2005-2007, but not this year.

    A guy named Steve Lacy was able to do some reverse-engineering of their site and generate a list of available MP3 files so enterprising people could download it. I can only presume that the torrent was generated that way. I’ve got some more details and links on my blog.

    For those downloading, the song count should be 739 MP3 files.

  2. It should be noted that this year’s SxSW torrent is an unofficial, community-generated effort, as SxSW. SxSW published and seeded torrents in 2005-2007, but not this year.

    A guy named Steve Lacy was able to do some reverse-engineering of their site and generate a list of available MP3 files so enterprising people could download it. I can only presume that the torrent was generated that way. I’ve got some more details and links on my blog.

    For those downloading, the song count should be 739 MP3 files.

  3. Robert, was wondering which ISP you are on? Not sure if Comcast is still doing it but weren’t they being accused of throttling or ‘delaying’ bandwidth to Bittorrent clients?

  4. Robert, was wondering which ISP you are on? Not sure if Comcast is still doing it but weren’t they being accused of throttling or ‘delaying’ bandwidth to Bittorrent clients?

  5. I’m on Comcast. I rarely use Bittorrent, and downloads seemed pretty slow last night, but who cares? I just let it run all night long and it was done in the morning.

  6. I’m on Comcast. I rarely use Bittorrent, and downloads seemed pretty slow last night, but who cares? I just let it run all night long and it was done in the morning.

  7. [...] Robert Scoble pointed out a brilliant source for listening to some great samples of bands performing at this year’s South By South West Festival in Austin, Texas from March 12 – 18 of 2008. Someone has grabbed all the samples from the music pages and loaded them into a torrent file. I had to download Bittorrent to get this, but is is much, much easier than going to each page on the festival site and downloading the songs individually. This is over 700 songs, I have already found three bands I like out of the first fifteen songs I have listened to. Great stuff. Someday I have to make this festival, the artists list is amazing. [...]

  8. What’s really interesting to me is the question of why would a band playing SXSW NOT make their tracks available for people to hear? I can not see a downside, other than the litigation lawyers at a major label saying ‘no no no, we can’t GIVE AWAY an unprotected MP3…’. I’m playing SXSW this year, and I’m proud to have my track up there and am happy in the knowledge that some people may discover my music who wouldn’t have otherwise.

  9. What’s really interesting to me is the question of why would a band playing SXSW NOT make their tracks available for people to hear? I can not see a downside, other than the litigation lawyers at a major label saying ‘no no no, we can’t GIVE AWAY an unprotected MP3…’. I’m playing SXSW this year, and I’m proud to have my track up there and am happy in the knowledge that some people may discover my music who wouldn’t have otherwise.