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Huckleberry Looking for 50 songs for the iPod, or a dozen books on tape?


Couple deals out there. First the tunes.

eMusic is so convinced you'll approve of its taste that it is offering two-week trial subscriptions to its music service that include 50 downloads. You have to cancel after that period if you don't like the online service, but you get to keep the songs, and they are MP3s that play on any digital music player. (The basic paid plan allows 40 monthly downloads at a quarter each.)

So what sort of songs are they giving away?

Giant Magazine, which has a deal with eMusic that allows new magazine subscribers to download 100 of the songs, has compiled 50 picks. They're not bad at all.

Raycharles Giant's recs range from Guided By Voices's "I am a Scientist" to the Drive By Truckers's "18 Wheels of Love" to Beck's "Halo of Gold" to Ray Charles's "I Got a Woman" to John Coltrane's "The Way You Look Tonight" to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds's "Babe, I'm on Fire." There's some Tortoise, Taj and Townes Van Zandt, and no one should miss the opportunity to grab "September Gurls," that great, power pop pearl from Big Star.

At the same time, Unabridged Books is offering 12 full-length titles for free, and a library of other audio books for under $10 each (cheap!).

We're not talking The History of Wheat here.

There's Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Jack London's Call of the Wild, Charles Dickens's The Haunted House, Henry James's Portait of a Lady, Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native. And others.

For free.

Posted 01/24/2006 10:06:50 AM

Hey, the History of Wheat is an outstanding book :-P

Posted 01/25/2006 10:30:51 AM

Project Gutenberg has the text of all of those books for free and much more--all copyright-expired stuff. and there's tons of free movies of all sorts at the Internet Archive : >

Posted 01/30/2006 12:29:46 PM

while most sites only give samples or free things if you buy something else, thefreebin.com lets you post stuff you want to give away and also lets you search what other people want to give away!

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