A guide to building your music library the cool way
In this article, we’ll explore the three most effective ways to obtain music without paying through your nose or losing access to your music. If you’re fed up with the recording studios, just by reading this you’ll be making them soil their pants.
The beginner’s step: Gnutella
Gnutella is the granddaddy of the truly peer-to-peer networks. With Gnutella, you can download music, generally track-by-track. It’s also useful to get music videos and other kinds of entertainment, but people use for what it does best: finding and downloading one-offs. Dial-up and slow broadband users should love Gnutella.
The killer: BitTorrent
With over 50% of Internet traffic, BitTorrent easily takes the cake. Most legal sharing (in the form of Free Software) is done through this mechanism. Azureus and the original BitTorrent client are two excellent BitTorrent programs. To look for files, I use mininova and BTJunkie, two very popular torrent search engines.