The University of Washington, in conjunction with the UW Libraries Media Center, is working to point students towards websites that provide free and legal access to audio and visual materials, through streaming or downloading.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Archival Sound Recordings

http://sounds.bl.uk/

The Archival Sound Recordings of the British Library service is the result of a development project to increase access to the Sound Archive's extensive collections. When complete, it will make 8,000 hours of digitized audio freely available.

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Frontera Collection

http://frontera.library.ucla.edu/

The Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican-American recordings (the Frontera Collection) is the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American vernacular recordings in existence. With funding from Los Tigres del Norte Foundation the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center has sponsored the digitization of the first section of the collection by the Arhoolie Foundation.

Song samples available for streaming.

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Contemporary World Music

http://womu.alexanderstreet.com/

Contains 50,000 tracks of contemporary world music that deliver the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

We7

http://www.we7.com/

We7 is a music destination where you can listen to, share and discover music for free, legally and safely. You choose the music you want to hear and play full songs and albums online, on-demand at anytime. Also offers the ability to buy music in mp3 downloads which you can play on iPods and most other digital players.

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SoundClick

http://www.soundclick.com/

SoundClick is the leading free music community featuring signed and unsigned bands plus state of the art social media tools. SoundClick offers free member profile pages, mp3 downloads, streaming audio and video, music charts, custom radio stations, a proprietary music store, message boards, lyrics and music e-cards. SoundClick also offers users the ability to promote their favorite music with viral widgets.

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Pure Volume

http://www.purevolume.com/

PureVolume is a website for the discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Each artist has a profile that typically contains basic info, updates, photos, shows and music for streaming. Artists have the option of making each of their songs available for free download. Listeners and fans can also create profiles to interact with artists and each other, as well as track and share music they like.

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Muzic

http://www.muzic.com/

A sister site to MP3 Raid, Muzic hosts independent artists' songs and albums, which are licensed through Creative Commons and are free to download.

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MP3 Raid

http://www.mp3raid.com/

Mp3Raid.com is dedicated to provide its visitors the best mp3 search engine on the net, with access to more than a million free mp3 downloads and free music downloads all over the internet. You can listen to any mp3 file before you download it, you can post your mp3 on your page/profile for free, and also select popular songs from our various top mp3 charts.

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MP3 4U

http://mp34u.muzic.com/

A network of people, called "sources," scour the internet for MP#'s that are available as free and legal downloads, and post these links on their Source pages. A great way to find music recommended by people who love music.

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Metal Hordes

http://www.metalhordes.com/

A band promotion site focusing on various forms of heavy metal, and allowing bands to upload mp3s users can download for free.

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Live Music: Internet Archive

http://www.archive.org/browse.php?collection=etree&field=%2Fmetadata%2Fcreator

Part of Archive.org, features thousands of live performances by smaller bands as well as the likes of the Grateful Dead and Jason Mraz.

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Legal Torrents

http://beta.legaltorrents.com/about

LegalTorrents is an online digital media community. We discover and distribute high quality open-license (Creative Commons) digital media and art, and provide support to Content Creators. LegalTorrents hosts creative content in its entirety, ensures fast, reliable downloads, and enables users to directly sponsor Content Creators and their work. LegalTorrents distributes content with the full permission of the rights holders and use the peer-2-peer file-sharing technology called Bittorrent.

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Last FM Downloads

http://www.last.fm/music/+free-music-downloads

Last FM is great for its streaming and social aspects, but it also has weekly, free MP3 downloads offered on their site.

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Jamendo

http://www.jamendo.com/en/

Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!

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iT's Free Downloads

http://www.itsfreedownloads.com/

Every week Apple’s iTunes Store offers one or more free music and TV show downloads. Often, though, it can been a bit of work finding all the freebies available — so that’s where itsfreedownloads.com comes in. Here you’ll find links to all the current free downloads — just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the file in iTunes to download.

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Garage Band

http://www.garageband.com/

GarageBand.com is a large online community of independent musicians and music fans. The site is used by musicians who seek greater exposure and critical insight provided by an audience of their peers. The site is also used by music fans to discover new independent artists in the site's vast collection. Some is Creative Commons-licensed music content.

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Free Albums Galore

http://freealbums.blogsome.com/

A music blog that posts reviews of complete albums that are available for free downloads from numerous sources.

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Audio Tube

http://www.audiotube.com/

Audiotube is an online portal that lets you access high quality music videos. Create a private community on Audiotube and you can share video playlists and interests with a network as well as access the latest in music news. Also provides a section for true Indie Artists.

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Epitonic

http://www.epitonic.com/

Independent, new music across several genres from both signed and unsigned artists. Featuring MP3 song downloads, radio streams, and many full album streams available through Windows Media Player.

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ccMixter

http://ccmixter.org/

This is a community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

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Better Propaganda

http://betterpropaganda.com/

betterPropaganda is an interactive, multimedia music magazine showcasing artists from more than 600 independent and major labels. Features include free and legal downloads (there are 1,000s of them), reviews, interviews, streaming audio and video, and similar artist recommendations. Our music selections are done by hand - no robots, no clever algorithms.

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Be Sonic

http://www.besonic.com/

For artists, BeSonic is a great promotional tool to get that all important exposure. In contrast, a music listener who likes music discovery will find BeSonic a reasonably rich place to top up on new music. While there is a lot of free music to download (mostly by European artists), a fair portion of it is either streaming audio only, or has to be purchased.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Artist Server

http://www.artistserver.com/

ArtistServer is a social music site with a focus on independent artists and bands. Includes all genres of music.

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Internet Archive

http://www.archive.org/

The Internet Archive is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KXOT

http://www.kxot.org/

KXOT (91.7 FM) is a National Public Radio member station in Tacoma, Washington. It is programmed by KUOW-FM under an agreement with Public Radio Capital. KUOW broadcasts programming on KXOT that it has no room for on the main station. KXOT offers live streams of its programming.

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KUOW

http://kuow.org/

KUOW-FM (94.9 FM broadcasting) is a National Public Radio affiliate radio station in Seattle, Washington. It is the second most listened to radio station in the Seattle-Tacoma market and the most listened to news radio station in the state. It is a service of the University of Washington. KUOW also provides live streaming of 94,9 FM programming.

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UW Music Listening Center

http://www.lib.washington.edu/music/PCHome.html

Offers access to large audio streaming collections including African American Song, Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library, the Smithsonian Global Sound library, and more.

A UW NetID is required.

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Rainy Dawg

http://www.rainydawg.org/

Rainydawg Radio is the University of Washington's Student Internet Radio Station. It broadcasts Seattle's best college, indie, and loud rock as well as electronic, hip-hop, and talk shows.

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Joost

http://www.joost.com/

A way to watch videos – music, TV, movies and more – over the Internet by providing both "traditional" ways to find media – by title or category – or by finding suggestions from other people on Joost.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

KEXP

http://kexp.org/

KEXP-FM (90.3 FM) is a public radio station based in Seattle, Washington, that specializes in independent and alternative rock. The website offers a live stream from the station, as well as archived radio programs and podcasts.

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Pandora

http://www.pandora.com/

Pandora is an automated music recommendation and Internet radio service created by the Music Genome Project. Users enter a song or artist that they enjoy, and the service responds by playing selections that are musically similar. Users provide feedback on approval or disapproval of individual songs, which Pandora takes into account for future selections.

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