Freebies: The Unofficial 2016 SXSW Torrent (Part 2)

March 22, 2016

SXSW Music Logo 2016

It was a few weeks ago when I posted the link to the 1,006 song Unofficial SXSW 2016 Torrent.  That was only part 1. Now that I’m back in NYC, I see that the previous torrent is joined by part 2, which contains an additional 587 songs.  Like I said previously, there are probably more misses than hits, but it a great way to discover new music.

If you need to learn about BitTorent, just check out the previous post here.  If not, go here to download both parts 1 and 2, a total of 1,593 mp3s: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


Freebies: The Unofficial 2016 SXSW Torrent

February 19, 2016

SXSW Music Logo 2016

How about more than 1,000 mp3s? SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five days and nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 1,006 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it’s a great way to discover new music.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure Deluge, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.  The video is rather long, but the first three minutes or so of it provide the basic information you’ll need.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


News and Notes: Elvis at Your Post Office; Serious Issue With The Latest iTunes Update

July 6, 2015

Elvis Stamp 2015

Elvis Presley will be coming to your local post office next month.  A stamp (pictured above) in the United States Postal Service’s Music Icons stamp series will be placed on sale on August 12th.  Stamps previously issued in the series honored Janis Joplin, Jimi HendrixJohnny Cash, Ray Charles and Lydia Mendoza.  This is the second time around for Elvis on a US stamp.  He was previously honored by the USPS in 1993.

itunesIf you are a user of iTunes, take note: I have seen reports of a serious problem with the latest update, version 12.2, of that program.  It seems that if you turn on iCloud Music Library (which was formerly known as iTunes Match), songs on your computer (and your iPhone and iPad) will be scrambled.  Reported issues include changing cover art, changes in songs in album and the playing of incorrect songs.

If you have not yet updated iTunes to version 12.2, you may want to hold off for now.  If you want to go to that newer version, do not turn on iCloud Music Library.  If you have already done both, you will need to restore your computer-based music from a back up.  There’s a pretty good step by step guide on how to do that if you have a Mac here.  The process would be somewhat the same on a Windows PC, but I have not yet seen a similar write up for that.


Freebies: The Unofficial 2015 SXSW Torrent

February 18, 2015

sxsw-2015

How about 844 mp3s? SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 844 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it’s a great way to discover new music.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure uTorrent, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


Freebies: The Unofficial 2014 SXSW Torrent

February 25, 2014

SXSW 2014 Music

How about 783 mp3s? SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas next month in which more than 2500 bands will play over five nights.  Many of those bands have made mp3s available to the public on the SXSW website, and 783 of them have been gathered together in a torrent file for your listening pleasure. You’ll find a bit of everything in this collection, and there are probably more misses than hits, but it a great way to discover new music.

If you don’t know what BitTorrent is or don’t have a BitTorrent client, check out the video below.  It’s a complete tutorial on how to download, install and configure uTorrent, a popular piece of software used to download torrents.

Have BitTorrent?  Ready to use it?  Then go here: Home of the (UNOFFICIAL) SXSW Torrents


NIHE Tech: Shows via Your Computer

September 21, 2013

Vintage Watching TV

Live music is frequently available via the Internet.  Here are three web-based services that some of the musicians and venues followed by Now I’ve Heard Everything like to use:

Think of Stageit as a venue.  Shows are booked for a time and date, tickets are sold and once capacity for a show is reached, it can be sold out.  Stageit works quite well, with the only downside being that you have to purchase Stageit‘s own currency, called Notes (10 Notes equals $1) which you then use to buy tickets, or to tip the musicians during the show.  Stageit has recently been used by Secret Someones, Bess Rogers and Jenny Owen Youngs.

Unlike Stageit, gander.tv does not produce original content. It streams shows from various venues.  Sometimes the shows are free and sometimes there is a charge.  Many shows at The Way Station, including those by Kelli Scarr, are webcast via  gander.tv.  When there is a charge, it has been $5.

If you’ve ever come out of a show you loved and wished you could take it home with you, now you can.  Dejaset (offered by set.fm) is a way to get an audio recording of a live show in a physical venue.  Dejaset is pretty simple, you just pay for the music and then download it.  Aly Tadros uses this service to make her shows available via the Internet.


NIHE Tech: The Latest Version of Firefox Won’t Play Vine Videos; Here’s How to Fix It

August 26, 2013

vine-logo

The Windows version of Firefox (v. 23) issued on August 16th will not play Vine videos (Vine creates six second videos which are attached to tweets on Twitter).  If you have been having that problem, the folks behind Firefox have provided this work around:

  1. In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
    • The about:config “This might void your warranty!” warning page may appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. Search for: media.windows-media-foundation.enabled.
  3. Double-click the setting to change its value to false.
  4. Finally, reload the page with the video and it will work.

This workaround should cause the website to give you a Flash video. If you don’t have Flash installed, see Install the Flash plugin to view videos, animations and games.


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