5 Open Source music sharing sites worth knowing

The billions of Dollars of the recording industry versus your dozens of Dollars will always mean ground breaking fines and terms of imprisonment should you fall foul of their rules. If you are a music lover and want to enjoy music without looking over your shoulders at all times, then the following 5 Open music sharing sites should be of interest to you.
“Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.” Need I say more?
The IA library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.
This one I guess is quite known by some of you. Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!
ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want. I bet you are likely to find something to listen to on this site.
Well this is not as much as a community as it is about one man who gives out his songs for free. Yup. You can hop onto his site and listen to or download any of his songs for free. No fuss.
There we go, 5 sites that are seeking to apply the Open Source development model to music where you can get to download or listen to music for free without looking over your neck to see if you are being watched. Which sites do you go for music?

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9 Replies to “5 Open Source music sharing sites worth knowing”

  1. Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine.

    Great to see open license models spreading beyond software. The value of any creative work is so much more if it can be reused, changed, improve etc. I like it!

  2. Problem is the recording industry, like the software industry, don't seem to agree. They are worried about their bloated wallets. For sure they're gonna ask "how are we gonna make money?"…

  3. Yup. Not agreeing with this is itself part of what makes things all the more interesting.

    At the end, the best model will stand tall. It's only a matter of time 🙂

  4. In an interview Linus Torvalds said:


    I compare it with science and witchcraft (or alchemy). Science may take a few hundred years to figure out how the world works, but it does actually get there, exactly because people can build on each others knowledge, and it evolves over time. In contrast, witchcraft/alchemy may be about smart people, but the knowledge body never “accumulates” anywhere. It might be passed down to an apprentice, but the hiding of information basically means that it can never really become any better than what a single person/company can understand.

    Basically we are still in the dark ages of digital media and software development, where everyone thinks they can find the magick formula that will make them super rich. The fact is that, just like the alchemist, they haven't and never will.

  5. You see, the problem is not as much as the model as it is with the profitability of it.

    Even MS knows open source is cost effective and better than closed source. However, the problem arises when it comes to how to monetize properly open source projects.

    Take Canonical for instance. It is still yet to make any gains in terms of profitability despite the fact that is a very popular product.

    I am of the view, that more effort should be put into finding ways of monetizing or making profits from FOSS projects than just inwardly focusing too much on the project.

    Of course not everyone would go into FOSS with the aim of making money. But the model of making money from it should be refined and properly developed so as to give that alternative to those who would want to 1)make use of this development model and 2)make money from their efforts at the same time.

    Sure you may mention RedHat, but for every one of that company, there are dozens that have had to go under for a lack of profitability.

  6. On a related note: The Ubuntu One Music Store is now in open beta.


    Guess services like this is one way to monetize free software (in this case the music player Rhytmbox which becomes like an open source iTunes).

    The music on there is not under any open license though, but at least there is no stupid DRM. I truly hope this service will work as well for Canonical as iTunes did for Apple.

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