“Mainstreaming” reasonably licensed music requires playing it.

The Creative Commons organization has a blog entry on “mainstreaming open music” quoting a means for taking over with music people can share. I think this is right-headed and entirely more productive than trying to negotiate a less painful arrangement with corporate labels and their representatives.

This kind of discussion reframes the debate toward something technocrats do well: how shall we use what we’ve got to better allow people to easily hear this music? The free software music player Rhythmbox makes it easier to audition Jamendo and Magnatune tracks. It’s my hope that this kind of collaboration will spread. If you’re interested in listening to a lot of music, I’m sure there are people who would like to hear your recommendations!