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Sunday, June 18, 2006

HOWTO: Build and Instant Indie Music Collection

You're getting ready for a sweet dinner party. You have some foreign cheeses, a bottle of wine, and a fruit salad, but you really need some good hip music. Don't let on that that last CD you bought was Avril Lavigne (its ok that you enjoyed it when it came out, but now its a bit passé) grab an eclectic playlist of free music.

KEXP (90.3 FM) in Seattle, besides being a fantastic radio station with a great internet stream, provides just the podcast for you. I know, you don't think a podcast is a viable option. This one is just songs. One per day, with a good backlog.

Grab the podcast, preferably using iTunes. Not because you have to use iTunes, but because that's what I'm using.

Click their handly link to subscribe via iTunes. There, that was easy. At this point, iTunes will ask you for confirmation, and will begin to download the current day's song. This is great, but your dinner party is in half an hour. How will you get a full playlist?

Notice the little Get icons next to each previous song? Get 'em all. Every single one. You can delete them later if they suck.

In a matter of minutes, you'll have a great set of songs. Even better, they show up in your Library and will also sync to your iPod (depending on your settings). I'd recommend making a playlist (smart playlists are great) for them, maybe throwing in the few cool songs you already own. Then throw it on shuffle, and see what happens!

All your friends will think you're cool, and you saved yourself a ton of time actually learning about Indie Music.


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