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.

25 thoughts on “Wonderful free music from SXSW

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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