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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