The Guide

Guide To The Silky Way

Shhh… Here lie the secrets to Silky’s tricks. In case you didn’t know, the web is teaming with free music just begging to be downloaded. No, really. And after years of experience, spinning as an online DJ, taking requests from countless Second Life clubgoers and keeping up with “the scene,” Silky has perfected many a technique to amass these treasures at a moment’s whim. (To heck with that P2P nonsense.) Scavenge at your own risk, though. Silky is politically immune to the RIAA and copyright laws and, thus, takes no responsibility or accountability for the consequences of your actions, should you manage to get yourself burned.

The following is a list of each category:

…but to really take advantage of these categories, you might need a few lessons in Google Hacking. Fortunately for you, I’ve included many a Google hack already for the sites listed below, so all that’s required of you is to substitute (or append, whichever the case may be) “mp3″ with your search query. Visit the following sites and learn how to take full control of this powerful behemoth of search engines:

Instant Gratification
For those of us who haven’t the time nor the patience to rummage through that massive pile of bullshit below, here’s a handy-dandy, sure-fire Google hack that’s almost guaranteed to satisfy your every need at a moment’s whim… almost. Simply replace the period (”.”) with whatever your heart desires:

If you’re truly willing to go to town with this, you ought to really put Google to work, so if you’re still not happy with the aforementioned hack, here’s a real mouthful that shimmies through every file-hosting site on this list and then some. You’ll have to weed out the results yourself though:

Finally, if you’re at the end of your rope and still can’t manage to track anything down, here’s your last remaining hope (at least with Google) but be forewarned, this hack requires some hefty sifting:

Search Engines

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Tagoo.ru
Tagoo.ru – Search MP3, Free Music, Free MP3 Download
www.tagoo.ru/en
Rating: 5/5

Another fairly competent search engine worth mentioning and pretty fresh to the scene: Tagoo. Although nothing will ever compare to the now fabled beauty of SingingFish, Tagoo does a very decent job in delivering the goods, with advanced search features that allow you to peruse by artist, album, title, bitrate and even duration, while unnecessarily throwing in lots of bells and whistles. Results are typically generous but you might wince at the very occasional dead link. It’s Russian-based too, so it might even broaden your musical horizons a tad.

FilesTube.com
FilesTube.com – Every Search Is A Direct Hit
www.filestube.com
Rating: 5/5

It ain’t no lie — every search is a direct hit. I’ve just recently discovered the joys of this beloved site and I’m hooked. By far the best search engine for audio (or anything else for that matter), FilesTube.com goes above and beyond by allowing you to preview your files with its own Flash player, tells you exactly what site aforementioned files are located on and provides you with a direct URL, file size, date and even gives you the opportunity to rate it. I have yet to figure out the correlation to YouTube but who cares? This place is rad.

Advanced Audio Search - InfoSpace
Advanced Audio Search – InfoSpace
www.dogpile.com/search/advanced/audio.htm
Rating: 4/5

Since the death of Singingfish, Dogpile A.K.A. InfoSpace offers what is perhaps the next best thing for seeking music when it comes to Search Engines. This URL takes you directly to the Advanced Audio page, no longer accessible from Dogpile’s homepage. Make use of its options. This should be your first choice when you’re hunting in a rush. URLs are often broken, though.

Project Playlist
Project Playlist
www.projectplaylist.com
Rating: 4/5

A favourite of D’s, Project Playlist oftentimes puts Dogpile to shame, offering the same meta search engine power via a (typically) more user-friendly interface. Although designed predominantly for MySpace users and the like, don’t let the front fool you. If you’re smart enough to manipulate the results — as in, clicking “save link as” instead of the link itself — you can download the file directly. Results can be a little sporadic, however.

Seekasong.com
Seekasong.com – Mp3 Search & Free Mp3 Downloads
www.seekasong.com
Rating: 3/5

If Dogpile can’t fetch you your request, Seekasong.com is on the ball. If you can tolerate a few popup windows and flash ads, you might just be able to find what you’re looking for. Results are predominantly pop culture, though but it’s always worth a shot. URLs are rarely broken and download times are generally short.

Sonic X
Sonic X Mp3 Links Directory
www.sonicx.com
Rating: 3/5

More directory than search engine, Sonic X offers a comprehensive list of free mp3’s, reporting the bitrate, sample rate and size of each file. Comprehensive as they are, you won’t often get the results you want, depending on your taste in music. It’s basically hit or miss but still a great place to discover new (and rare) tracks. Lots of broken URLs.

MP3s.pl
MP3s.pl Free Music Search
www.mp3s.pl
Rating: 3/5

This one’s a little cumbersome but still pretty fun. Once you get past their irking idea that all electronic music results should be categorised under the misnomer “techno,” you might find that this site has its perks. Despite the fact that all downloads link to community file-hosting sites, MP3s.pl still has something to offer and just might allocate that elusive tune you’ve been searching for. Download rates are entirely dependant on community said file-hosting sites.

Mpeg-Search.com
Mpeg-Search.com – Global Media Search Engine
www.mpeg-search.com
Rating: 2/5

Results are descriptive but minimal. Downloads are speedy though require a bit more traversal than other search engines.

Community Sites

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Free
Free
free.fr
Google Hack: “index.of” mp3 site:free.fr
Rating: 4/5

Free is a French Internet Service Provider (ISP), which is a subsidiary of Iliad. It operates in France. Free offers its customers free web space, which many users opt to use as a convenient location to store their music (among other things). The beauty of Free is that they also typically offer direct access to their customers’ web space via any ordinary web browser. Coupled with a few Google hacks, this makes for a hot spot for searching. One downside, however: downloads are usually ridiculously slow.

Wirtualna Polska
Wirtualna Polska
mp3.wp.pl
Rating: 3/5

Entirely Polish, this community site hosts a massive directory of music categorised by genre. Skim through their plethora of predominantly European artists or take advantage of their search feature. If you can get around the Polish text, there’s a wealth of good music to be found here. Lots of underground goodness. Downloads are speedy as, I believe, all mp3’s are hosted on site. Therefore, no broken URLs.

There exist countless websites around the colourfully tangled web that flash and sparkle with offers of free products, free software, free sex and everything else your mass-consumer-oriented lifestyle could desire. Obviously, such offers are usually caked, covered and/or deep-fried in bullshit but, believe it or not, there’s some validity in those enticing proposals. If you’re willing to rake through the filth, you’re liable to discover some heaping helpings of free music buried within the dark confines of these notorious treasure troves. Be forewarned: these sites are heavy with pop-up windows, flash advertisments and greedy sponsors throwing themselves at you left right and center. If you’re willing to brave the gauntlet, you’re more than likely to get lucky. Here are just a common few of the myriad shared file directories that all link to file-hosting sites.

Shared File Directories

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emp3world.com – Free Mp3 Download
www.emp3world.com
Rating: NR

 

Latest-Music.com
www.latest-music.com
Rating: NR

 

MAXALBUMS.COM – MP3 ALBUMS
www.maxalbums.com
Rating: 4/5

Not too much personal experience with this one myself but, from what I have experienced, it’s definately noteworthy. If you can tolerate a dozen or so pop-ups (and who isn’t equipped with an effective pop-up blocker these days?), MaxAlbums.com offers an abundance of free albums for download and not just the latest in the Electronic scene either. Pop, Rock, Oldies, whatever your bag, chances are you might just score the entire disc set right here. Downloads are made possible through file-hosting sites such as RapidShare.

MP3Fresh.Net – Free Mp3 Downloads
www.mp3fresh.net
Rating: NR

 

MP3 Arena: Free Downloads & Songs
www.mp3fusion.net
Rating: NR

 

MP3 MASTER
www.mp3master.nl
Rating: NR

 

mp3pages.net
www.mp3pages.net
Rating: NR

 

MP3shits.com – Free MP3 Downloads
www.mp3shits.com
Rating: NR

 

(( Newest Mp3s )) Newestmp3s.com
www.newestmp3s.com
Rating: NR

 

updatedmp3s – new albums every day!
www.updatedmp3s.com
Rating: NR

 

Getting your personal files online for the whole world to gander is by no means a difficult task these days. Many websites abound offering free hosting services to their users, whom take full advantage by uploading movies, software, games and yes, even music. And it’s all ready for the taking, provided you either wait patiently for a few seconds, enter the proper code or password or simply click through a few insipid advertisements. Here’s an exhaustive list of candidates to include in your next Google hacked search query.

File-Hosting Sites

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Badongo
BADONGO – Free File Hosting & Image Hosting
www.badongo.com
Google Hack: “*.mp3″ site:badongo.com
Rating: 3/5

Results aplenty! If you don’t speak Francais, don’t fret. Enter your code, wait 15 seconds, click Download. Fairly straightforward and downloads are speedy.

Bigupload
Bigupload
www3.bigupload.com
Google Hack: “File Name: ” site:bigupload.com
Rating: 2/5

Very few results (unless you’re looking for other things…) but the download process is quick and painless. It’s just one code entry and Bigupload takes care of the rest. They’re even so nice as to provide you with an approximation of your download speed and the ETA of your selected file.

Easy-Share.com
Easy-Share.com: Free File Hosting: Upload Your Files & Make Money.
www.easy-share.com
Google Hack: “*.mp3″ site:easy-share.com
Rating: 3/5

Easily the most foreign results I’ve ever gotten. If you’re truly looking for some really obscure mix, perhaps this is your best bet. Downloads entail a 15-second wait followed by a code entry with no additional page navigation and are nice and fast. Oh and hey, my friend thinks ur cute…

FileFactory
FileFactory – Free File Hosting
www.filefactory.com
Google Hack: -software mp3 site:filefactory.com
Rating: 0/5

Are you kidding me?

FTP2SHARE
FTP2SHARE – File Distribution Gateway
www.ftp2share.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:ftp2share.com
Rating: 1/5

Talk about messy. I’m not even sure what’s going on here but yes, there’s music to be found.

Load.to
Load.to
www.load.to
Rating: N/A

I can’t hack it.

MediaFire
MediaFire – Free File Hosting Made Simple
>www.mediafire.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:mediafire.com
Rating: 4/5

GOLD! Hit paydirt with MediaFire. My personal favourite, MediaFire doesn’t beat around the bush. Loads of results and quick and easy downloads. No codes, no waiting periods, no hassle.

MEGAUPLOAD
MEGAUPLOAD – The Leading Online Storage And File Delivery Service
>www.megaupload.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:megaupload.com
Rating: 5/5

The grandaddy of file-hosting sites, Megaupload has created a serious reputation for itself that makes it one force to be reckoned with. Once you get past the code entry and 40-second waiting period (and it’s pretty easy to do so), you’ll discover a plethora of freebies (and not just music either). Downloads are always hard and fast too.

RapidShare
RapidShare: 1-Click Webhosting
www.rapidshare.com
www.rapidshare.de

Google Hack: mp3 site:rapidshare.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:rapidshare.de
Rating: 4/5

RapidShare is a German owned one-click hosting pay- and free-service (with limitations) website that operates from Switzerland and is financed by the subscriptions of paying users. Rapidshare is one of the world’s largest file-hosting sites with millions of files stored on the its servers. According to Alexa, Rapidshare.com is currently the 11th most visited website in the world.

Sharebee.com, The one and only online file upload distribution service.
www.sharebee.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:sharebee.com
Rating: 3/5

More along the lines of a search engine, Sharebee offers links that redirect you to the same file. Handy.

uploaded.to
uploaded.to – Where Your Files Have To Be Uploaded To
uploaded.to
Google Hack: mp3 site:uploaded.to

Rating: 4/5

Instant results and plenty of ‘em. Aside from the hidden pop-up that intrudes as soon as you hit “Download” and the annoyance of only downloading one file at a time (as a free user), this is one of the crispier file-hosting sites without all the unnecessary fluff and only a 10-second wait. Downloads are might slow though.

Web File Host
Web File Host – Completely Free File Hosting
www.webfilehost.com
Google Hack: -”File Not Found” mp3 inurl:”viewupload” site:webfilehost.com
Rating: 1/5

Personally, I wouldn’t even bother. Files are often missing and results are extremely minimal. But for the sheer amusement of it all, I’ve included a Google hack anyway. That’s just the kind of girl I am.

YourFileHost.com
YourFileHost.com – Free Hosting For ALL Your Files
www.yourfilehost.com
Google Hack: inurl:”cat=audio” site:yourfilehost.com
Rating: 0/5

If you’re looking for music, forget it. If you looking for porn, have at it.

Zippyshare.com
Zippyshare.com – Free File Hosting
www.zippyshare.com
Google Hack: mp3 site:zippyshare.com
Rating: 4/5

Loads of results, no pop-ups and good god almighty you can preview your downloads? Lots of underground goodness and only a 10-second wait. These people got the formula right.

Blogs are a prime source for scavenging. Users all around the globe make a kind habit of sharing their musicology with the entire world, often with the aid of free downloads from their file sharing webspaces or direct links to mp3’s. Take full advantage of this fact with the aid of Google hacks or blog search engines, listed below.

Blogs

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Blogger
www.blogger.com
www.blogspot.com

Created by Pyra Labs, Blogger was bought by Google in 2003. As part of the Blogger redesign in 2006, all blogs associated with a user’s Google Account are located on Google servers. The service is now claimed to be more reliable, due to the quality of the servers.

Livejournal
www.livejournal.com

LiveJournal (often abbreviated LJ) is a virtual community where users can keep a blog, journal or diary. LiveJournal is also the name of the open source server software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community. LiveJournal’s differences from other blogging sites include its WELL-like features of a self-contained community and some social networking features similar to, but pre-dating, Friendster and MySpace. Danga Interactive, the company which provides the LiveJournal service, is based in San Francisco, California.

WordPress
www.wordpress.com
www.wordpress.org

WordPress is a blog publishing system written in PHP and backed by a MySQL database. WordPress is the official successor of b2\cafelog, developed by Michel Valdrighi.

Xanga
www.xanga.com

Xanga is a website that hosts weblogs, photoblogs, and social networking profiles and is popular around the globe. It is operated by Xanga.com, Inc., based in New York City, USA, North America. The sites are used largely by teenagers.

Blog Search Engines

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Technorati
www.technorati.com

Technorati is an Internet search engine for searching blogs, competing with Google, Yahoo and IceRocket. As of December 2007, Technorati indexes over 112 million weblogs.

If, even after that exhaustive list, you still find yourself in some deranged state of insatiable download frenzy, feel free to visit Wikipedia’s comprehensive list of Internet Search Engines at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines

…where you can, by any means necessary, find even more ways to scour for free beans to your heart’s content. Happy hunting. Sicko.


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