Music and the Internet Archive

A collection of links to interesting live music

When viewing music on the Internet Archive, look for the “VBR ZIP” link on the left side of the page. It’s a single .zip file that contains the entire live music presentation as variable bit rate MP3 files. Download, unzip, and you’ve got the entire show.

Some recordings are marked “stream only”, which might lead you to think they cannot be downloaded. But they can, and here’s how.

  1. On the left, where it says “listen to audo”, RIGHT CLICK one of the M3U file links. The VBR link will have the best sound.
  2. Save the M3U file to your computer.
  3. A M3U file is a list of sound files that audio players read as a playlist. WGET, a common utility, can read M3U files and download the contents.
    WGET is included with Mac OS/X and most Linux distributions. Windows users can download a free copy from
    Usage: wget -i thefilename.m3u

When done, move the mp3 files into your music directory.


Here’s something really cool from the Internet Archive, Geroge Gershwin playing Rhapsody in Blue (side 1, side 2), recorded in 1924 at Thomas Edison’s studio in Meno Park, N.J.

Part 1


Part 2




Tech talk from Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee, founding partner of Elevation Partners and major investor in Palm, talks about how technology is changing the economy.  Roger makes a lot of money guessing right about technology. Click here to view the presentation

Some  points

  • Disintermediation allows anyone to become an independent operator.
  • The future is on the mobile network
  • Windows is a dead end, social networks are the new medium (although Twitter really doesn’t understand what they have)
  • Redefine success in terms of wha tyou can monetize,
  • Big doesn’t work
  • Aesthetics matter
  • Stay out of the way of giants and do what they can’t do
  • Smartphones are a disruptive technology — at the cost of PCs
  • If you’re going after companies, give them ways to get rid of people
  • If you’re going after consumers, give them ways to be happier or have more time
  • Social networking is giving value to get value
  • You better have a plan!  The idea that web 2.0 tech shouldn’t be planned is wrong.
  • 1/3 of the people in California are on Facebook — it’s where the small guys should advertise
  • Too many people have one morality at home and another at work.
  • A jobless recovery is not a recovery