Barely Legal

Wednesday 4th January, 2006
Now if ever there was a blog entry that was going to get the Google hits, it's this one. I came up with the 'Barely Legal' subject purely by accident, but I laffed so much I just had to keep it.

Unlike what you might be thinking, I'm talking about music. Over the Christmas/New Year Holiday period I took some time to examine my music library. As I'm re-ripping it all in lossless format (approximately 1000kbps) it's pretty easy to see the tracks I have downloaded from the less reputable sources. Most of the downloads come in 128-256kbps mp3 files which now stick out a mile compared to their lossless CD-ripped equivalents. It was now time to go through the buy it or dump it phase.

Madonna, Charlotte Church, James Blunt, Collective Soul and Mariah Carey were artists that I just acquired along the way and never actually paid any money for. Now, I have an original CD in my posession having bought and licensed them all. All were easy to come by except Collective Soul who appear to be a US only band that Ed recommended to me some months ago. Their 'Youth' album really grew on me after a couple of plays and I just wanted to rip an original for best quality and give the band the $1 in royalties they may get in the end.

In the end I found the disc in the Amazon marketplace on a US import in an 'as new' condition. Choosing to buy from Caiman USA for only about £8 (bargain) it arrived in the UK, from California, in just a few working days. VERY impressed and I will definitely return there. This disc arrived fast over the christmas period, well packaged in a cd mailer and still had the US record label original seal. Check their website for pricing, very good.

So, I'm legal again....anybody recommend a good new album I can download ;O)

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