DonAithnen (donaithnen) wrote,

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Halp me intertubes!

I've been taking a second look at Pandora recently because of shelleycat (who got hooked on it because of theinated introducing it to her at ceph's farewell party.)

My first experience with it last year (or the year before?) was that Rush does not work as a good seed, not for me anyways. shelleycat opined that this is because Rush is so iconic that you're not going to find anyone else like them. That certainly seems to be the case using the "Music Genome Project" that underlies Pandora anyways. Well it turns out that "Emerald Rose" doesn't work as a particularly good seed either. This is probably in part because they don't have bands like "Brobdingnagian Bards" on there so there's not much to build onto (and honestly i was rather surprised that they even had Emerald Rose in the first place.)

I also tried making an Uematsu and Mitsuda channel, which burned down, fell over, and _then_ sank into the swamp. Er, that is to say, it's a miracle that Pandora even has those two in its database, but that's it as far as video game music goes. (And the stuff it has for Mitsuda isn't even video game music to begin with.)

But the "Garbage - Push It" channel stayed up! It branched off into No Doubt and Evanescence first but then started picking up some new and interesting artists who i hadn't ever heard of before. (The "Ok Go" channel is, well, okay, but so far hasn't come up with anyone i'm interested in finding out more about.)

Which brings me to the actual point of this post, where is a good place for buying music online?
Requirements: DRM free mp3s, or possibly FLACs.
Really Likeaments(?): Some kind of user account system that will keep track of me and what i've bought and let me re-download any of it at any point i want.

Basically i want something like Audible because DRM aside *cough* they've got a really great system. CDBaby meets the "likeaments," but they're mainly for more obscure artists, and i need some way to get the more mainstream ones. I know Amazon meets the requirement, and i heard something about Napster switching to DRM-free files as well. Any other sites like that out there? Do any of them meet the "likeament" as well? What's the best of the bunch?
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