This is not exactly “pointless”, so I dunno if it belongs here…but oh well.
I am frustrated that one method for getting online MP3s has never been addressed. Before I discoverd Napster, I was getting MP3s through FTP sites. Doing it this way provides almost the same range of songs as Napster…the only drawback is that it is a little more involved, and takes a little longer.
All one needs is an FTP program (I use Cute FTP), then go to http://www.audiogalaxy.com and put in a song search. This brings up a list of personal FTP sites containing the song…then you go to your FTP program, type in an FTP address you found on AudioGalaxy, and you are connected to that individual FTP site and have access to its MP3s.
The only drawback is that most of these FTP MP3 sites are done by trade or ratio. Meaning you have to upload a certain amount of your MP3s in order to be able to download their MP3s. Sometimes (rarely) the owner of the FTP site requires no uploading on your part. But often, the ratios are 1:3 or better…meaning if you give (upload) 4 megabytes of MP3, you are allowed to download 12 megabytes in return. Like 3 for the price of one.
This method can be tedious, especially with a 56 or slower modem…but if one has a high-speed connection, I think it would be a breeze.
Correct me if Im wrong, but one big benefit I see is that there is no central third-party server like Napster is. The user connects directly to people’s personal FTP sites, of which there are gazillions. It is not possible to shut down all these personal FTP sites, so MP3 downloading thru FTP sites is virtually un-touchable. Right? This is one big reason why this whole Napster thing is ridiculous…billions of MP3s are available online by way of un-touchable methods WITHOUT Napster ever being in the picture. So there is really no point in getting rid of Napster, because the same amount of MP3s are available in other ways.
I would love anyone’s thoughts on this. To me, this seems like the perfect way to do what was done with Napster. And I kinda wish more people knew about this method, because I think it might change the public’s and the record companies’ views on online MP3 sharing. Feel free to tell me Im full of shit, but if all you have to say is how getting music for free is wrong…please dont bother.