MP3 Underground

If you need to know everything about downloading, creating and playing e-music, check out this book.

While the authors distance themselves from the moral and legal issues concerning the downloading of files and their subsequent use and distribution, they do enter the debate about the availability of music on the Internet and potential non-payment of royalties.

The authors (one of whom is a musician) seem intent on empowering and motivating their readers with the boundless resources available to them. They are critical of the record companies for monopolising the music industry and deciding what we listen to, and they generally support independent music and artists using the Internet as a means of gaining wider exposure for their music. It's sobering stuff.

The book also provides a list of sites with MP3 downloads and a chapter on getting the most from the controversial file-sharing program, Napster. And if you have any qualms about the moral implications of downloading music - the authors remind you of all the times you have bought CDs that only included one song you liked!

While this book opens your eyes to the boundless music that is available on the Internet, an avid reader of PC World would already be up to speed on most of the topics covered - and have the software, as well.

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