Posts Tagged ‘free’

Best of Bootie 2008

December 31, 2008

Best of Bootie 2008

D (from AplusD) just dropped a comment on my About page to let you know that the latest Best of Bootie mashup mix is now available. Check it out:

Best of Bootie 2008 CD

I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but you should expect the same high quality mashup goodness that we’ve come to expect over the last few years of Best of Bootie, including mashups by Earworm, Party Ben, Lobsterdust and Divide & Kreate.

If you haven’t checked out previous years’ Best of mixes, you can find all the links at the page above.

Last.fm Frees The Music!

January 24, 2008

Lastfm LogoAs of yesterday, anyone can stream full-length tracks and albums for free on the Last.fm website:

Official announcement (via Mashable)

All the major labels are on board, and on their blog they mention that they’ve got similar agreements from “thousands” of independents.

Wow! Free music! So what’s the catch?

Simple: you’ll only be able to stream each track a maximum of three times before you’re asked to sign up for Last.fm’s new subscription service. According to the comments on the blog post, this will operate alongside the current basic subscription service, rather than instead of.

Details are sketchy on the price, but we do know that it will be more expensive than the current price of €2.50 per month. Once you’re subscribed, you can stream anything an unlimited amount of times. Here’s the lowdown on Last.fm:

“We’re publicly beta testing our new free listening service. You can listen to most tracks up to three times for free.

When the beta is over, we’ll offer a subscription package with unlimited access to a catalogue of music built on partnerships with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner, EMI and over 150,000 independent labels and artists.”

For music lovers like me, this is a really tempting option, although the lack of a download option and the open question of quality will no doubt be off-putting factors. It’s also worth mentioning that not every track ever is available to stream. Even so, free music… It’s difficult to complain about that!

It turns out that the announcement could also be great news for artists and labels. Last.fm has announced a payment system which sends money direct to artists every time a track is played. The success of the business model will depend on advertising, of course, and I suppose they’re banking on more people signing up for the premium service.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on this over the coming weeks, and will no doubt subscribe when the option becomes available just to try it out.

Best Mashups Of 2007

January 10, 2008

Best of Bootie 2007If you’re a fan of mashups, or if you just love free music of dubious legality, you could do worse than checking out the Best of Bootie 2007:

Best of Bootie 2007 (via BoingBoing)

At 21 tracks, this is over 1 hour of mashed up goodness from the likes of DJ Earworm, Party Ben, and A Plus D from the San Francisco scene, with superb standout tracks from UK-based Mark Vidler, aka Go Home Productions (mashing Iggy Pop’s ‘Passenger’ with Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’) and Matt Hite (Cassie’s ‘Me & You’ and Yazoo). You can also download customized CD artwork and a tracklisting.

And if that’s not enough there’s even 10 bonus tracks for free on the same site.

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