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Has anyone used Rhapsody? I can't rummage through their catalog without downloading something, which I don't feel like doing. Itunes has a lot of the music I like, but they make it difficult to get an actual "MP3" file. Napster and MSN Music have crap selection--rather, I have crap taste, they have a good selection of things other people like, but NOTHING from Dead Hensons, Flash Girls, Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, or any of my other dubious favorite bands. Advice?


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Nov. 19th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Can't help you with Flash Girls except pointing out that all their albums are currently in print, but Lorraine a' Malena (the Lorraine is the Lorraine from the Flash Girls) have a few downloadable tunes on their site, and Outgrabe had a ton of free downloads, and they're awesome like an awesome thing. Darkest of Hillside Thickets... why not email them and ask? If they know there's a demand they might make downloads available, especially to people who'll pay for the songs they like.
Nov. 19th, 2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, messed up that first link... http://www.lorraineamalena.com/
Nov. 19th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
ITunes offers the best selection - your best bet is to burn the AAC track to CD-RW in iTunes then re-rip as an MP3 file. Or, there's also a program out there which turns M4P (Mp4 protected AAC files) into M4A files (removes the protection) and you can just convert from there.

If you're following the news on the Sony Rootkit at all (Ask Josef if you aren't,) you'll know that buying music from RIAA label bands makes the Baby Jeebus Cry, and Rhapsody, I believe, is owned by one of the RIAA labels... I think, Sony, actually.

Nov. 19th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
Rhapsody is crap, IMO. Their selection sucks even worse than Napster.
Nov. 19th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
... I feel lame for not knowing any of those bands.
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
S'okay, they're obscure--the Dead Hensons are a cover band of early Jim Henson songs, the Flash Girls are a two-girl folk band that does a lot of Neil Gaimen pieces, and Darkest of the Hillside Thickets does H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhupunk rock. None of them is on any Top 40s that I know of :)
Nov. 20th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
Napster DOES have a little bit of Thickets -- just one album though, I think. For more than that you have to use (gasp!) Limewire, or just order their CDs.

You don't have to download with Rhapsody; IIRC I used it without downloading by default. iTunes has the best selection but burning to CD and then ripping in WMA/mp3 is lossy. Then again, unless you have a fairly snazzy sound system, you might not notice much difference. I don't tend to see you using headphones or really 'spensive speakers.

I use iTunes because I have an iPod. I have an iPod because it's relatively inexpensive for what it is, it's better made than most of its counterparts, and the one other mp3 player I had considered -- the Creative Touch -- does not currently (or did not when I last checked) have a firmware compatible with audible.com and their audiobooks are the main purpose of my mp3 player. I now have most of Discworld with me at all times. FEAR ME.

Advice is frankly to order the albums you can. I don't steal music, but I don't feel guilty downloading stuff that's not for sale ANYWHERE, even on ebay or amazon.
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