(I guess I’m supposed to use that little loop-de-do symbol to attribute this link now according to the digital hall monitors at SXSW this year, but um….LOL. I mean seriously guys? Use footnotes and keep it moving.) (link to article by David Carr, Guidlines Proposed for Content Aggregators , New York Times, 11 March, 2012)
The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States.
Since 2005, the festival has published thousands of free tracks from participating artists.
For some of the previous editions, the festival organizers offered torrents of the artist showcases themselves, but since 2008 this task has been handed over to the public.
All of the MP3s are still freely available for download on the festival’s site, so it only takes one person to get a torrent up and running.
For the past four years Ben Stolt has taken the time and effort to put all the MP3s on BitTorrent, and this year two torrents containing 1.219 tracks have been released.
7.51 gigabytes of free music in total.
Every year the SXSW torrents are a great success, with many thousands of music aficionados downloading the gigabytes of free music from both established acts and upcoming bands in virtually every music genre.
In total, the torrents of the previous editions have been downloaded close to 200,000 times.
This year’s SXSW music festival takes place from March 13-18 in Austin Texas. All the tracks released for the previous editions are also still available for those people who want to fill up their mp3-players without having to invest thousands of dollars.