I haven’t blogged about a great SA website in a while. Sorry about that, but here is one for the archives!
I can’t really recall how I found Loadtheshow.com but it seems to be a very interesting website indeed. At first glance it looks like any old music download website. After registering and a bit of investigative research I discovered a neat trick to the site. They offer a certain amount of free downloads per day.
From the website:
All downloads on loadtheshow are free!
Our sponsors pay to advertise on the site. We use the money to give you cutting-edge music for free and pay our contributing artists.
Unfortunately, when the day’s free downloads are used up, there are no more free downloads available until the following day.
When you register with the site you automatically receive a profile page. I don’t particularly think this is very necessary but it adds a nice web 2.0 feel to the site and i suppose helps them – and you – to track what you are downloading, listening to and viewing.
Each artist registered with the site also gets a profile page. There are a fair number of artists listen,
not many some big names that I can see in the list – I found The Dirty Skirts, Hog Hoggidy Hog and the Diesel Whores – but I guess I’m no authority. It seems like a great place to discover new music. I even found a band I know personally, the awesomely entertaining and interesting Undone!
Downloading a song is easy enough but a bit different to other sites I have used in the past. Instead of immediately and directly downloading the song of your choice from the site, you are emailed a download link from “Marvin”. This is apparently done for security reasons which makes sense. The email tells you to save it as proof that you have legally downloaded the track from loadtheshow, which is cool. I reckon it’s a small price to pay for free music. I am going to become very good friends with Marvin very shortly.
Then there is a nifty little section called “Charts” on the site. This is a list of the top downloaded songs of the day as far as I can tell. Nice idea.
In general I think this is a fantastic site with phenomenal potential in SA as bandwidth prices decrease and users increase (whenever this all happens). Follow them closely and even maybe read their blog.
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