I thought I will not write any post today as I was in Cambridge with my friends and family to see the Henri Gaudier-Brzeska sculptures, but I turned on the computer to play some tunes before I'll went to sleep.
I've recently updated the rhythmbox (1) and today, accidently, I found a new plugin - Jamendo (2). I was only two clicks away to discover new tool created to find, and listen to music online.
I had already a last.fm plugin. There is although one huge difference if one will compare Jamendo to last.fm. It allows you to search through their collection. Just type "electronica" and you have all tracks tagged with this word within playlist. The plugin is not yet 100% finished - it does not allow to vote and tracks cannot be starred.
I visited the Jamendo site (3) and I found that it is totally oriented on free music. Free means really free - most albums are released on Creative Commons (4) license (Share, reuse, and remix â€” legally).
It does have the music player, but it wasn't working for me. After a quick look into the forums I found a solution - it was my settings. You can switch few things in your configuration panel and pipe the music into your system's default player. Jamendo integrates with it and all works just fine. Simply amazing. It looks good as well. 3D "Mac'alike" cover browser turns using the web player into a joy.
As everyone now it has it's widgets. Here is one with album taken from the Jamendo blog:
There is also one other interesting feature - album browser called Spiral. Uses Ajax and plays music through system's music software.
Visit the site to look for music, create your playlist, write some reviews, meet a good music and free software oriented community. Open your ears.
The best free to download music site ever.