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by Archives January 22, 2008

With a site like thesixtyone.com, you can kick back, relax and let the new music come streaming right in. This site isn’t exactly original; other sites like Digg.com have already set up a music sharing domain. The users vote for their favorites, bumping free tunes up a list of independent and signed music groups – all vying for the most set of ears. But thesixtyone lays out the rocking tunes in unparalleled fashion.
The majority of the music on thesixtyone is fresh, some is “revived” from our nostalgic pasts, but nonetheless it still retains a sense of discovery. The site also gives you a sense of knowing what will be hot, and it gets you involved in the whole hype process.Thus, users are the Rick Rubins and the David Geffins of this new method of distribution. The music posted is all free. The interface, simplicity and quality of the site exemplify the potential of this type of music sharing.
Offering more than just tunes, it’s a well-established alternative to the traditional record label system because bands can get exposure without paying up. It has the potential for mass popularity because the music is good, the user interface is simple and the additional info on the bands creates hype and depth. Bands create profiles, post pictures and pop-ups to enhance the whole experience. This all adds up to a site that has the potential to get great music out there without having to go through the bigwigs who traditionally control the juke box.
Yet, this site may prove itself too good to be true. This tango between musicians and listeners leaves the record labels out of the mix tape, will they try and tinker with the system? So much of the music that makes its way up the charts is pretty generic, it shouldn’t be a surprise that collectively we end up having pretty popular tastes.
Still, a lot of innovative features on the site help you find what you’ll like so the overall experience of this site is rewarding. Connect a site like this with other networking sites and artists are empowered. This is another step closer to ditching the middleman out of the music industry.

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