John Buckman at Magnatune.com has updated the Magnatune home page to include the 100 most recently released albums at Magnatune. This should make it easier to find their latest music if you visit their homepage.
How does Magnatune treat you right? They offer their catalog:
- at a sliding scale (US$5-18 as I write this) where you determine the price you want to pay (for tracks, albums, catalog streams and downloads too),
- under licenses that let you share the music,
- they give the artist half the money you spend with them (more on Magnatune’s business model),
- in DRM-free formats which don’t require you to give up your software freedom (including Ogg Vorbis and FLAC, a free lossless audio compression format for those who insist on the best quality recordings available),
- online at no charge so you can try before you buy,
- in ways that work with music players (I use Rhythmbox but I hear some people prefer Amarok),
- with no hassle redownloads—give them your email address when you buy tracks and give them that address again when you need a new copy of the tracks you bought. Magnatune will list the stuff you bought and you’re a click away from getting a new copy. No
three-times-onlyone-time-only restores like what Apple told Wil Wheaton when he “upgraded” the software on his iPod as per Apple’s directions.
Try some new music from a record label that’s not out to sue you when you treat friends like friends.
Update (2008-12-25): Magnatune has sweetened the deal with their subscription all-you-can-eat model by reducing the minimum subscription period to 1 month. Since you pay for the subscription per month, this change basically eliminates the minimum subscription period.