South by Southwest Music Torrents

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 23, 2008
Updated • Dec 3, 2012
Music, Music and Video

The South by Southwest festival is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the United States. Part of it is the Music Conference and Festival showcasing hundreds of artists over the course of several days. Many songs by those artists are offered as free downloads on the festival pages and as torrents.

The festival created music torrents in the last years but it seems that they decided against it in this year. Greg Hewill stepped in and created a torrent of the music offered at the South by Southwest festival which is freely available at his homepage. The release has a size of 3497 Megabytes and contains hundreds of songs.

Greg was kind enough to link to the torrents of the previous years from his homepage as well which means that you have the option to download roughly 10 Gigabytes of free music from his website. And believe me, some of the artists are amazing.

The music conference and festival takes place between March 12th and 16th 2008.

Update: Please check out Download More Than 35 Gigabyte Of Free SXSW Festival Music which offers updated links that point to the unofficial SXSW torrent website where all the songs from previous years can be downloaded.

The downloads are offered as torrents, which means that you need to have a torrent client on your computer for that. I suggest you check out the excellent uTorrent, or qBittorrent in case you do not have clients on your system. Both do not require lots of configuration, which means that you can start downloading the music right after you have started them on your system for the first time.

The overall size of all music files on the site exceeds 35 Gigabytes (from the years 2005 to 2012). Keep in mind that you need to have that much free space to download them all.


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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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