There’s a current thread at MetaFilter discussing sources of free and legal music downloads. Here’s another discussion at MetaFilter, minus the political correctness, from last year; MP3 blog roundup July 2004.
I decided to take a look through my bookmarks of tags, comments and mp3 recommendations just to see what similar threads I had accumulated over time.
What surprised me was this list post, MONKEYFILTER MUSICBLOG LISTING 2.0 which I recalled being much further back in time than the current date of November 15th 2004. Oh, but wait, it does mention a server crash in 2004 so perhaps I’m right! Great mp3 blogs list anyway.
Equally disorientating, although not unexpected, is this list of 100 mp3 blogs also from July, 2004 which I remember coming across about the same time as the MONKEYFILTER list. Probably true considering the server crash.
I must have got lost in all the good music during this period because I seem to have an altered perspective of events. I suppose because mp3 blogging has become so prevalent music and time seem to merge although certain landmark posts tend to stick in the mind, no matter when they were posted. Going back I can still remember the warm feeling I had knowing all these sites were being grouped into convenient lists and locations that could be shared with music lovers everywhere.
Of course now we have Meta-lists like 1 million free and legal music tracks and mp3 aggregation resources like mp3blogs.org and http://del.icio.us/tag/mp3 and great mp3 site compilations like EC Brown: MP3 Archives.
The good thing is that new tools have emerged to develop and archive these trends and so preserve the great wealth of musical heritage in digital formats.
Webjay.org creates meta-lists of user playlists and me-tv does the same thing with video clips. Videos can be played back to back to create collaborative TV shows. Viewers can keep up with the new posts by RSS.
"By running torrentocracy on a computer connected to your television, you not only become a viewer of any available content from the internet, but you also become a part of a vast grass roots media distribution network."
Having spent some hours sifting through hundreds of "forgotten" bookmarks I began to appreciate the usefulness of shared meta-lists and their importance to the next generation of search and collaboration tools.
The implementation to generate RSS feeds from these search results or "splice" feeds together with blogdigger groups makes syndicating keywords, categories and tags far more "open" than recent developments by Yahoo!, Microsoft and Technorati.
Blogdigger supports interoperation and avoids vendor lock-in by letting you export your group in OPML so the data is yours. You can read about it on the Blogdigger development blog.
Here are some blogdigger groups examples:
- Music Matters combines del.icio.us/tag/music and Furl – Latest Music Entries.
- Music Technology SpliceCasting RSS feeds fusion for digital musicians using select blogs.
- del.icio.us/groupcast social network podcast sharing using feedburner’s http://del.icio.us/tag/groupcast
If you have the time take a look around and enjoy what you find.
Sister Sledge 1979 Clip.