Reports of the demise of the music-sharing blogosphere have been greatly exaggerated. To be sure, the abrupt disappearance of beloved sites is upsetting, but the reality is that far more blogs that reach the end of the line, do so voluntarily.
Our question: who are these artists giving people permission to download singles and entire albums (comprising 78 percent of downloads according to MusicMetric) for free? We were curious, so we asked. Here's the word from BitTorrent.
Like buying a used record with a previous owner's name on it, sometimes MP3 files for an album appearing on one blog are traceable -- through the unique set of pops and clicks heard on the original vinyl -- to a posting of the same recording at another.
Nuno Goncalves of the Portugal psych pop band The Gift used the trendy iPad tablet earlier this month in a dressing room restroom located backstage of Le Poisson Rouge in NYC to perform a track with his band.