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July 15, 2005

Evening Listening to Podsafe Music

A few weeks ago when I upgraded to iTunes 4.9 I poked around at the podcasting features and I guess I subscribed to a few. A few months back I regularly listened to the Daily Source Code. I guess I subscribed because I found today's episode on my iPod on the way home. It was all about podsafe music and the new podsafe music network that's starting. It's kind of like the legal music sites from before iTunes, the ones that collected music from less-known artist.

The podsafe music is like those services, with the addition of the obvious agreement that the artists will allow music to be used in a podcast. Registration is required to download music, but you can sample without registering. There's some pretty good stuff up there.

The thing I like the most is that I'm not in the mindset of trying to find music I know. The old legal mp3 services (pre-iTunes) marketed themselves as a legal Napster or Gnutella but when you went there to look for music, you couldn't find what you went for.

The podsafe music network is focused on artists who let their music free, which is usually not big name musicians. Listening is a refreshing experience, a chance to check out some great bands that you've never heard.

The trick, in my opinion, will be how the music is organized. There will eventually be thousands of artists and tunes to sift through. The genre groupings, rating system, tools to find new songs/artists, and interconnections between songs played on podcasts and the artists will hopefully help in giving users a way to find what they are looking for.

Posted by mike at July 15, 2005 11:49 PM