Noisetrade is a really cool website that partners with musicians to provide free, legal downloads of their music for the benefit of fans. There are options to leave a tip, if you’re so inclined, but no money is required to change hands, and all they ask is your email address and zip code. The idea is that it’s a way for people to sample new artists and share their finds with friends without having to worry about legal risks, and thus the artists acquire a bunch of new fans. Everyone wins!
It’s a really painless way to discover new music, and for someone like me who always needs to be doing that, it’s invaluable.