Magnatune: Internet Music Without the Guilt

Magnatune are a record label; they offer their catalogue for download on their website. They also stream the entire catalogue so that you really can try before you buy. Then, if you like what you hear, you can buy the albums for pretty much what you think they’re worth (minimum price $5). You can choose between downloading a copy in a format of your choice or buying a CD. The music is licensed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license which enables you to share the music with your firends or to make non-commercial derivative works. The artists get 50% of the cash, and they get to retain copyright.

They’ve got a comprehensive information page, so if you’re a producer or an artist or just a music lover, take a look. I’ve only been looking around the site for the last hour or so and I’ve already found some good music, stuff that I’d be happy spending a few quid on. I’ll listen a bit more and then I might just do that.


Bits and bobs

Just posting this stuff for the sake of it really.

Although this has been covered everywhere already, I’ll mention the publication of Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, a joint online/hardcopy publication which can be downloaded here under a creative commons license. I’ve enjoyed Cory’s stuff before, not to mention Boing Boing, so I’m looking forward to getting into this over the weekend. I reckon that I’ll end up buying a copy too.  (Also available online, at, is Jury Service, a collaboration between Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross, also worth reading.)

Hmm, what else has been going on…

Read a discussion about Palladium and the release of American Megatrends palladium BIOS on Slashdot yesterday. Don’t think I’ll be buying one for my next PC (if I have any choice ;-), and the whole thing makes me feel a bit uneasy.

Had a laugh at, which I hadn’t seen before, and thoroughly approve of.

Got bored in the evenings and started on yet another minor makeover for this blog, this time trying to be a bit more XHTML and CSS orientated.

Going to try and post a couple of more original pieces that have been brewing for a little while at the weekend, too.