File sharing and P2P haven’t disappeared: They’ve just morphed. If you want to do it without lawyers or spyware chasing after you, here’s your complete, up-to-date guidebook.
Russell Shaw and Dave Mercer cover all you need to get started with direct-download sites like the “new” Napster, iTunes, Musicmatch, MSN Music, and RealRhapsody; with the Gnutella2 and Freenet filesharing networks; and with services and tools like Shareaza, BearShare, eDonkey, Overnet, LimeWire, Orpheus, and Kazaa. (With all those options, the authors also offer welcome advice on how to choose.)
There’s a full section on protecting yourself, both technologically and legally -- including how to avoid illegal or obnoxious material, how to keep bad guys out of your network, and what to do if you get one of those nasty RIAA or MPAA letters.
With the nasty stuff out of the way, Shaw and Mercer show how to use your media and take it on the road. You’ll walk step-by-step through downloading and installing iTunes, setting up an Apple iTunes account, and transferring music to your iPod. There’s briefer coverage of competitive devices from Rio, Creative, RCA, Samsung -- and of downloading movies and cellphone ring tones, too.
Think all you can do is listen or watch? The authors offer a full chapter of legal music and video projects, from music slideshows to multimedia scrapbooks -- along with guidance on what will, won’t, and might or might not get you in trouble with megacorporate copyright holders. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only