Music for the rest of us

You probably think I’m going to talk about iTunes. Well, surprise, I’m not. I am very into independent music, and although iTunes does offer some more mainstream music, there is a cool place that offers people you have never heard of called MPeria.

MPeria, which I discovered while reading the San Jose Mercury News, covers all those people who haven’t signed onto a label. And just because they haven’t signed on to a label, doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. It’s hard for me to judge music styles that I’m not familiar with, so I chose Celtic, and was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. If you want to buy music, it is as little as $.50, and you can use your “BitPass” money to do so.

As well as listing the artists, and selling their music, the site also lists where the musicians will be playing, so even if you haven’t stumbled across them, you can check them out on the site, then go to their concert if it is local to you.

You can browse by Genre, by what everyone one is listening to, and you can see the last five tracks that have been added to the site. There is even a section that gives profiles of the listeners, though I’m not sure why I would want to be profiled, but ok.

And, if you find you like one song, they also list other artists you might enjoy. This reminds me a little bit of a site that if you listed one artist, it would show which other artists were close to that one.

So, check the site out, and you might find something worth putting on your ipod, or listing to on your computer, or however you use your music.


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