Monday, 7 September 2009

7 Digital: Free downloads

This was almost a Free Music Friday post but the downloads seem too transient so I thought I'd do it as a normal post...

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A few weeks ago, W H Smith's were selling magazines with a code for ten free downloads from 7digital attached. I signed up for the 7digital site for free (no credit card details necessary), had a look around and downloaded my ten tracks. They sell a good range of mp3 tracks (and audiobooks) which have no DRM restrictions which seem to be reasonably priced and the ten free track were downloaded without any fuss.

As part of the sign in process, I agreed to get email updates from 7digital - updates which contain details of weekly free downloads. Mostly these seem to be from up and coming bands, however this week's downloads included the Black Crowes, so it looks like they do some established acts too. Unfortunately, the track is the same one that I featured in Free Download Friday #22: Black Crowes. :-(

Also in the Editors choice is a track from Kyte. It turns out to be a cover of Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill - a cover that rips the heart out of a fantastic track (IMHO). However, as a huge Gabriel fan, perhaps I'm not entirely unbiased. Anyone want to defend Kyte's cover?

The Black Crowes and Kyte tracks are from four identified as the "Editor's Choice" but there are a load of other tracks on the Free MP3 Dowloads page. The only free download that leapt out at me this week was Richter Scale Madness by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead but I'm sure there are others there worth investigating.

I'm not on commission from 7digital but thought that a site making a good number of tracks available like this for free download was worth mentioning.

Any thoughts on other free tracks from 7digital that are worth a listen

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