links for 2009-12-26

  • A new computer is like a blank state–there's a lot of potential there, but without some work on your part, it's useless. It's not hard to get started, but there are some essential first steps that everyone should follow when breaking in their new PC. In this guide, we've compiled a step-by-step list of essential tips, tricks and advice from many of our other features, to provide you with just the information you need to get off to a great start with any new PC. So if you got a new rig under the PC under the tree this year, or even if you're just thinking about getting one in the future, read on to find out more!
  • Pure digital and exclusive sheet music with audio files to download instantly
  • Welcome to the portal page of the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)! We at the IMSLP believe that music should be something that is easily accessible for everyone. For this purpose we have created a music library to provide music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access, with several other projects in planning. IMSLP is also entirely collaborative, and all contributions are greatly welcome.
  • Endless hours of great classical music are only a few clicks away at Piano Society. Piano Society offers artists, amateurs and professionals alike, free space, bandwidth, and a personal biography page by which they are being presented. Today you find 197 pianists at Piano Society, who have uploaded more than 4,500 recordings by 214 different composers. For you, as a Piano Society visitor and listener, this means endless hours of listening for free, which we hope will bring you a lot of pleasure and joy.

    With more than 100,000 unique visitors and over 1,000,000 downloads per month, the Piano Society is the largest resource of free classical piano recordings on the Internet. Since the start, more than 40,000,000 downloads of piano recordings have been made which proves the huge world-wide interest in classical music.

  • Nick Crocker is MD of Native Digital and co-founder of We Are Hunted.

    It seems as though the first era of digital music may have come to an end. Napster died, P2P lived in some black market twilight zone, streaming services on ad-supported revenue were suffocated by unsustainably high licensing fees, and subscription services sputtered along, never quite capturing the imaginations of music fans. 2009 ended in a flurry of acquisitions (LaLa, iLike), launches (Vevo) and shutdowns (iMeem), which dramatically rearranged the digital music landscape. When the dust finally settles, expect digital music to begin anew.

    With that in mind, here are my five predictions for music in 2010.

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