The November 2004 issue of WIRED magazine comes with a CD of music by major artists. All of the songs are available under a Creative Commons license, and are freely distributable. I downloaded a BitTorrent copy the other day from LegalTorrents, and I finally got around to listening to it this morning. (I use BitTornado as my BT client, BTW)
I’m really digging it. There’s some great tunes in there. Some of the artists featured on the CD: David Byrne, Beastie Boys, Spoon, Danger Mouse, and
Chuck D. Those are just the performers I had heard of before. But some of my favorite tunes are from the other acts. The even niftier bit for other musicians, is that most of the songs are available under a particular CC license that allows you to use samples of the songs in remixes.
Get yourself a BitTorrent client and download this CD. I’m pretty sure that you’ll find something in there that you like. Unless all you like is country-western and bluegrass music. In which case, you should break out the fiddles and remix the music into a new country-trance-rap mashup that’s sure to sweep the charts!