Monday, September 10, 2007

Advice on posting music?

I've been wanting to start a feature here on the ole blog for a while -- one that involves sharing and discussing music. I would see it as something of a public service, as so many of you young'ens have no idea what you missed back in the day, when all us old people were hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Rock (sometimes the old music does come back to haunt us, but it seems like whenever people go digging around in the latter part of the 20th Century looking for some good tunes, they always end up coming back with stuff I didn't want to listen to the first time around).

Anyway, I've been looking around for a way to share some songs and I can't find a solution that would do justice to the feature I have in mind. Of course, a number of good web sites offer clips of many songs (allmusic.com is a good example), but I don't think 30 seconds can always give you a good feel for a song (especially if I can't pick which 30 seconds!). What I'd really like to do is find a place where I could stream a song without making the selection downloadable -- I want to share the music, not pirate it. I looked into a few media-sharing services, like multiply.com, but I don't think it would take long for the soulless bastards at RIAA to suck all the fun out of that.

I would think that what I'm wanting to do would be a good thing for the artists themselves -- I'll pluck a few songs out of the past, perhaps on the obscure side, and remind people that they're there. And if people like what they hear, maybe they'll pick up a copy for themselves (and maybe they'll even pay for it!). But first I have to figure out how to do this so that I'm not just giving away someone else's work.

Any suggestions?

UPDATE: the more time I spend looking into this, the more I think the record company execs are being hardheadedly stupid. Here I am, ready, willing, able and eager to give their artists free promotion, and instead of making that easy for me, they are making it impossible. I thought I found a solution in imeem, which has streaming audio and pretty good sound, but unless you're working with an approved artist, you're back to dealing with the dreaded 30-second clip... ::sigh::

7 comments:

Bill said...

I'm not sure I can help this, but I'd like to offer this plea: When you do figure out your posting methods, please do not post "Crocodile Rock."



Best wishes.

alice said...

Heh! Not to worry -- it's a little too Top40 for what I have in mind...

bill said...

A-



I have been a member of (the amwesome CD swapping service) Lala.com for a while. They have a player that seems to be close to what you are looking for.



Here's a link to an article about it:

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/technology_internetcritic/2007/06/lala.html



I haven't tried it yet, but that's only because I've been way too busy to do so.



I might try it later. The CD-swapping service is pretty much awesome, and I'd venture to say that, once the kinks are worked out, the player will be also.

fletch said...

I've wanted to do the same for a long time and have been frustrated. The only thing that's come close is finding a video on Youtube which has lousy audio in many cases. What we need to do is form an internet company, YouMusic, which does just what you describe. Users can link to a song like a Youtube video but can't download it. The record company fees are outrageous tho. Legally you can't even create a podcast with music unless you pay up.

~Tim said...

We may not like the attitude the record companies have, but copyright law is on their side.

Keera Ann Fox said...

OK, that podcast thing - does it apply to the 30 second clip? I'm thinking about Alice's wanting to choose which 30 seconds (better than nothing). Podcasting might be the answer.

fletch said...

Keera,



Don't quote me on podcasting or music law but I believe the 30 second clip would be ok. I would still verify with the recording company tho. I looked into podcasting a radio station-like format here in my community a while back since the town doesn't have a radio station, but the legalities of broadcasting music were the same as radio. People still do it tho, but are taking a risk.