Where do Mp3s come from Daddy?

  Diemmess 17:45 27 Mar 2004

Until a week ago I wasn’t interested and hadn’t even tried to collect MP3 files from the net. Then after successful downloading of several old tracks which I like and am happy to have, my wife said. “How do these things get there, who puts them there and what’s in it for them?” I really couldn’t give her a proper answer.

In the last week I have tried Google and MP3 which gave me lists of recent stuff that rang no bells, but I did find the odd exception. Yesterday I made a sort of sense of eMule which seems to scan several sites and will try and connect “sooner or later” and I just have to leave it to get on with things. Overnight I collected what I wanted and a couple of dialler virus files, which were well spotted and jumped on with AVG!

The places I found on Google seemed to have potential commercial deals around the edges, but eMule did not. So leaving out ethics, morals, conscience or other doubts, can someone offer simple answers to my other half if I rephrase her question -.............. “How do these files get there? Who puts them there and what’s in it for them?”

  anniel 18:09 27 Mar 2004

If you go to:

click here

You will find all you ever wanted to know about p2p.

If you are into newsgroups, may I suggest:


  ade.h 20:48 27 Mar 2004

Have you ever tried click here It's not peer-to-peer but is totally free. It has a pretty good range of music, mostly alternative stuff, but with a wide range of genres. The layout is very user-friendly and links similar artists together. Recommended.

  leo49 21:06 27 Mar 2004

Ignoring P2P,there are countless sites offering Mp3s just as there are those hosting warez - and the motivations are the same.

The obvious answer for one motivation is to make money.Many sites begin/began by offering free downloads and gradually move over to a subscription basis.[Plenty of Russian/East Eurpean sites come into this category as "anything goes" in their mafia-style/capitalist brave new world]Other sites offer MP3s to draw punters in to view the porn ads that finance the Internet.

The other motivation is not to make money but "because they can" and it's an opportunity to stick 2 fingers up at the industry and "share the wealth,man".Many dexes and ftp sites are unknowingly hosted by institutions that haven't a clue what goes on beneath the surface.

My standpoint on this whole question shouldn't be presumed from anything written above - what I do or don't do is between me and my PC.

  Forum Editor 10:42 28 Mar 2004

MP3 file-sharers are doing it because they like the idea of beating the system, and doing that is easy (and relatively safe) given the supposed anonymity of the internet. They can share away, fairly safe in the knowledge that their almost exclusively illegal goings on are unlikely to bring retribution.

The people who operate the system get money from advertisers.

Copyright theft thrives, despite the attempts of the music publishers to stop it, although it has undergone a major decline in America since the recent spate of high-profile prosecutions. Eventually there'll be some kind of resolution, and most of us will pay small amounts for the music we want to download, although there'll always be the hard core of people who see all big companies as bad, and who resent anyone making a profit from anything - mainly (in my experience) because they're too lazy or lack the necessary drive to make any kind of headway in their own lives.

  Diemmess 12:36 28 Mar 2004

As I suspected, and well expressed by Forum Editor, the obvious motives are shady profit or protest.

It would be nice to think that out there among all that, there are one or two who are doing it in order to be able to support some other activity for a "Good Cause".

After all, this site and uncountable numbers of others provide a very selfless service of support and information, mainly without any gain except for the satisfaction of being helpful.

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