The Tangled Web

The Web's most intriguing music-related issues & destinations. This Week: Fingertips Music, Counting Crows, Rhino/Rolling Stone.

MUSIC AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: In the jungle of code, text and files that is the Internet, it helps to have a guide, and when it comes to finding free music, would like to be that escort.

Creator Jeremy Schlosberg says he was inspired by the sheer amount of music being distributed online legally. As he puts it, "the state of music itself has probably never been healthier, even as the state of the business of music has apparently never been worse." This sentiment, fueled by the Internet's emergence as a quicker source for music than going to the record store, is the driving factor behind the site, which catalogs available free music online.

The six-month-old site has a simple, uncluttered design and a focus on legal songs one can download or stream for free. It has four main sections: the self-explanatory "This Week's Finds," an artist index cataloging past links, a music site guide to hubs of online music and the "Fingertips Top 10," which has Schlosberg's favorite current and all-time download links.

CrowGHOSTLY CROWS:: Starting today (Nov. 25), the Counting Crows will make an exclusive full-length concert video available for free stream at, to coincide with the release of the band's new greatest-hits set "Films About Ghosts" (Geffen).

The "online in-store" promotion is part of Amazon's Holiday A-List exclusive-content series, in which the site presents a different piece of exclusive content each day from Nov. 3 to Jan. 1. Other musical participants include Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Barbra Streisand, R.E.M. and the Dixie Chicks.

THE FAB 500:: Rhino Records has hooked up with Rolling Stone to provide Internet surfers who only want the best with an "ultimate" record-buying guide. The magazine last week published its list of the top 500 albums of all time, and Rhino is reprinting the list at its official Web site, with links to purchase each of the albums. A small blurb accompanies each album, and most are also adorned with links to Windows Media or RealAudio clips of their songs.

The promotion, which begun last Wednesday, will last through the spring. Also enticing site visitors is a contest lasting until Jan. 20, in which consumers can win a Rhino Jukebox featuring 100 of the top 500 albums.