I dislike torrents, mainly because I'm impatient. I mean, they're great for things like games, but when I just want to listen to some Bob Dylan, it's ineffective.
I little while back I find a website called GrooveShark, which allows me to listen to a huge collection of mainstream music for free. From online, that is. downloads are 99 cents a pop.
I was rather bummed out until I read about and straightened out a nice little solution to this problem. Basically, I set up a simple internal recording system for my Mac (sorry, PC users, I haven't figured out the Windows equivalent for this).
Here's what you'll need:
1. GrooveShark, open (don't bother to download the free listening software unless yu have a really slow connection; just stream it from your browser)
2. Audacity: if you don't have this, get it. It's a wonderful (free) audio-editing app.
3. SoundFlower: this is the essential piece. If you can't get this, just go back to your torrents. An it's free, too.
That's it. Now you've got to configure.
1. Launch Audacity. Under Preferences, click "Recording" and set the Input to "SoundFlower (2 channels)."
2. Launch System Preferences-->Sound. Under "Sound Effects," make sure that the box labelled "Play user interface sound effects" is unchecked. Under "Output" and "Input," set "Soundflower (2 channels)" as the device.
3. In Audacity, click "Record."
4. Launch GrooveShark in your browser of choice. Play whatever songs you want.
5. When the songs finish, in Audacity click "Stop."
6. Sleect the parts of the audio that make up the sons, and click File-->"Export Selection to MP3..."
7. Fill in the asked-for data, export, and open the mp3 files in iTunes. Tada!
Note: This system is known as internal recording, because SoundFlower is acting as a virtual sound card and redirecting the outbound audio back in as input. In other words, you can record in this manner anything that comes out of your speakers.
If you can figure this out on a PC, let me know!
DISCLAIMER: Do not use this system to illegally steal music and distribute it. This is for educational purposes only. Also, be aware that copyrighted music streamed and saved in this manner can be used only for "personal use only."