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Old 09-25-09, 03:39 AM   #1
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15Gb of free (completely legal) Mp3's. This isn't spam.

These are from the SXSW Music Festival, there's music from nearly every genera, lots of seeders so speeds are very good.

Information on the music festival is here:
http://sxsw.com/

Torrents here:
http://hewgill.com/sxsw/

Enjoy folks.
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Old 09-25-09, 07:22 AM   #2
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I never have figured out what a torrent is.
Software that allows you to download viruses at an amazing rate.Until your computer locks up tighter than Ft. Knox.
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Old 09-25-09, 08:31 AM   #3
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I never have figured out what a torrent is.
Software that allows you to download viruses at an amazing rate.Until your computer locks up tighter than Ft. Knox.
Yeah, coz nobody ever downloaded a virus until torrents came along. . .


oakback: a torrent is basically a way for the content provider to save on bandwidth. Say you've written a song and you want people to download it, so you put it on your website. If 500 people come along and download your 10 MB song, you've used 5 GB of bandwidth. Just on that one song and those 500 people.

Now, say you make your song available as a torrent. As people download your song, the system shares the bandwidth among all the users. So, the first ten people may download the whole thing from you, but then everyone else downloads part of the song from your computer and part of the song from someone else's computer and another part of the song from yet another computer.

The end result is that the upload bandwidth is spread from your computer to the computers of everyone else who's downloading the song.


So, that's how a torrent works from a distribution stand-point. From a download standpoint, you basically connect to a torrent (the server that hosts the torrent is called the "tracker"). Your torrent program gets information from the tracker about where to grab the different pieces of the song. As each piece is downloaded, the torrent program puts them together until the whole song has been downloaded.

There can be some problems with this, and it can take longer to download through a torrent than through a direct link. It can be faster than a direct link, but really the primary advantage is to the content provider.


To download a torrent, you need a torrent "client", which is a program that knows how to download all the different pieces of the torrent and put them together. I've used uTorrent ('u' as in the Greek letter 'mu' as in 'micro') in the past -- it's a very small, lightweight torrent client that works very well.

I don't really use torrents very often, so others may have recommendations on better clients, but uTorrent will work to at least get you started.
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Yeah, coz nobody ever downloaded a virus until torrents came along. . .
Note that he said "at an amazing rate."

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To download a torrent, you need a torrent "client", which is a program that knows how to download all the different pieces of the torrent and put them together. I've used Torrent ('' as in the Greek letter 'mu' as in 'micro') in the past -- it's a very small, lightweight torrent client that works very well.

I don't really use torrents very often, so others may have recommendations on better clients, but uTorrent will work to at least get you started.
Fixed the for you.
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Torrents are safer then trying to grab something from a file sharing client, if you're getting the .torrent file from a reputable website. The files and pieces downloaded are compared to a hash included in the .torrent, so if anyone wants to try and infect downloaders, the pieces are discarded by default. The worst that happens then, is the download time is longer, since you're downloading and discarding bad files from a user. This is used by companies working for the RIAA to disrupt illegal file sharing, it's not very effective though.

Large torrent indexing sites (like the former Pirate bay) are dependent on the person who uploads the .torrent to be trust worthy, which can be an issue.
But ya shouldn't download illegal stuff anyway.

I ran a virus scan on the more then 3500 files, nothing found, although it's common sense to do the same to anything ya download from anywhere.

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The $25,000 question: Is this torrent legal to download?
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The $25,000 question: Is this torrent legal to download?
That's not the question. Rather, it should be, "Who wants to download 15GB of crap if they don't even know what it is?"

If you're looking for free stuff on the internet, I can point you to far more that 15GB worth of images, books, or whatever.....
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Its random. You never know if you might find a really good band in the mp3s that make the search through all the rest of the content worth the bother. However, it does get time consuming filtering through the "dross".
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The $25,000 question: Is this torrent legal to download?
Yep, it's legal.

If you have very strict tastes in music, it's not the best torrent collection, unless you feel like sorting through it.

If you tend to like most music, it's an amazing torrent.

If you have semi broad tastes, it's still worth it.

I have pretty narrow tastes (don't like most country, techno, rap, bubblegum pop, or "trendy" songs,) and find myself hitting skip every 2-3 songs. I tend to load up the Mp3 player and am generally very happy with it on shuffle.

It's far cheaper then buying 4500 mp3s ($4000-$5000 cheaper,) and safer then downloading 4500 illegal ones.

The whole idea of the festival, and file sharing in general is to make artists and materials easily available for people to enjoy as well as expanding tastes.

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If you're looking for free stuff on the internet, I can point you to far more that 15GB worth of images, books, or whatever.....
I'd love an easily downloadable collection of e-books, if you have one.
I've spent a lot of time grabbing books from http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top
but they're not exactly the easiest place to download a collection from.
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