The SXSW music festival is a long standing event at which hundreds of artists perform each year to festival goers.
Music is also made available on the SXSW website, and it is also made available as one huge torrent package each year.
We talked about this back in 2012 in Download More Than 35 Gigabyte Of Free SXSW Festival Music already.
A torrent is created each year featuring songs that artists performed during the festival. The archive dates back to 2005, and the most recent torrent just got uploaded to the site.
The SXSW 2017 torrent features a massive list of 1201 mp3 songs from hundreds of artists. You may not have heard of most of the artists, unless you are into independent or local music.
While that may make you shy away from the torrent, 8 Gigabytes may take a while to download, it may also help you discover music that you'd never come into contact with otherwise.
Especially the radio station may be useful, as you can let it play in the background while you are doing other things on your computer. It highlights artist and track names which helps you further.
If you check out the SXSW torrent website, unofficial as it states, then you will notice that you can grab torrents from 2005 to 2017. Back in 2012, you could use the site to grab 35 gigabytes of music. Another 39 or so Gigabytes were added in the past five years, so that you may grab about 75 Gigabytes of free music from the site all in all. That's thousands of songs from a lot of artists.
The SXSW torrents have a lot to offer, but it is mostly a shot in the dark as the performing artists are probably best classified as independent or local, and not superstars. This does not mean that the music is bad, only that you will have to listen to the music to find out whether you like it or not.
If you like music discovery, or are a collector of music, then you will certainly want to start up your favorite torrent application to download music from SXSW.
If you are not, you are probably better off listening to the Internet radio station instead.
Now You: Have you downloaded SXSW music before?
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