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I haven’t explored this venue too much, but there seems to be at least 75 free songs available through eMusic.  25 via Car & Driver, and 50 via Pizza Hut.  I’m really not sure what hoops you have to jump through, if any, but it’s worth a try.  These songs are free of any DRM and work on any MP3 player.

25 free downloads @ emusic

Who says that big corporations don’t give back to their customers?  I don’t say it, at least not all the time.  Anyway, Amazon.com is giving away a total of 773 free MP3’s – and they’re also DRM-free – from their music store.  The selection varies but there seems to be some quality stuff there to download.

Lifehacker – Download 773 Free MP3s from Amazon

I always like free software, especially free software that does something really cool.  In this case, BeatScanner does something really cool for your music.  I found out about this program through Lifehacker, and it looks really awesome.

Basically BeatScanner analyzes your playlist, and scans it based on the specified range of beats per minute.  Lifehacker’s suggestion is to scan it for 130 BPM (plus or minus 10) to get the ideal workout BPM range, and that’s something I have to try out myself.

Have you tried using BeatScanner?  Let me know how you like it!

I’m still listening through podcast #200, but so far I’ve been quite pleased with it.  The podcast is always put together very well, but #200 is quite amazing (probably because they put a lot of time in it).  I haven’t gotten to this part yet but apparently they’re giving away an ipod – so go have a listen for your chance!

On a side note, I’ve been really getting into some of the online capabilities of the ipod touch.  Unfortunately, I can really only play with them while I’m at home, where I have a wifi network.  There are some things that I’d really like to be able to do on the go.  So I’m thinking of switching to the iphone – I’m in the process of finding a way to make it happen.

Alternatively if anyone has one they’d like to donate I’d return the favour and donate an ipod touch! ;) (I know, not a fair trade but I have to try)

SXSW'09

SXSW'09

All the buzz this week has been about SXSW, the music festival down in Austin, Texas.  It blows me away how many Canadians are attending this thing, but unfortunately I’m not one of them.  Oh well – not all is lost.  I have a link to 6GB of music from SXSW, provided free of charge via torrent.  And it’s legally free, not “torrent free”.  It’s all music provided by SXSW, compiled into a torrent.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but it’s split up into three different parts.  I will listen to part one first and pick out some favourites.

And remember, this is a torrent download – so please remember to keep seeding once you’ve finished downloading.  It took me a ridiculously long time to get these songs because not enough people are seeding.

Get 6GB of Free Music from SXSW ’09 (Lifehacker)

You know, sometimes I really like coincidences.  Like when I hear a song in a CBC Radio 3 Podcast from the beginning of February on my drive in to work, and read a review of that very song when I get here.

Jon-Rae Fletcher is a singer I praised a while back; his latest song, Oh, Maria, is not with his band The River – no, unfortunately they broke up.  The key thing is that this song is great, and I love it.  The podcast I heard it on was #194: Julie Doiron, The Hylozoists, Jon-Rae Fletcher.  Incidentally, there’s a really good School of Rock feature by The Hylozoists on that podcast, too.

Also be sure to check out #156 – Sloan, Elliot Brood and Jon-Rae Fletcher for a really great feature on Jon-Rae Fletcher.

Here’s a link to the review and the MP3, from today’s Herohill post:

Reviews:: Jon-Rae Fletcher Oh, Maria

I’ve been meaning to write about Photojojo ever since I heard of it.  I often call myself an amateur photographer; never made any money off my photos, nor have I tried yet.  I have an iStockPhoto account but I haven’t uploaded anything.  The point is, I like playing around with my camera and trying new things.

Photojojo is a website that provides alternate activities to do with your camera.  They release a newsletter once a week with a featured link, and have things that range from board game picture frames to this week’s feature, The Photographic Dictionary.  It’s free to read every week in your inbox (and online).

The Photographic Dictionary is as it sounds: a dictionary with pictures next to the definitions.  It’s neat, and they accept submissions (though not all pictures will be accepted).  I’m thinking of trying to get a photo listed up there – I just need to pick a word that hasn’t been used yet, and take a great photo.


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