Demonoid is really good, but you need an invitation to join. So far I haven't gotten one yet. (Hmmph!)
While on Amazon.com today I saw a link for Music Oasis. It had good reviews and the music was supposed to be "kick-ass" and "rock on!" and every other thumbs-up you can imagine. I checked to be sure it was a safe site and McAfee showed it to be clean.
What mistake! It didn't contain any viruses or Trojans (at least, none that I'm aware of), but it forces you to install the Yahoo toolbar, Yahoo as your home page, and about 6 add-ons I didn't want--all from companies selling products. "No problem," I thought to myself. "I'll let it install these annoying things then clean them out after I'm done loading the program."
After Music Oasis installed everything I had to get onto my Firefox add-ons and take off three programs, then get into add/remove and take out a few more. There were icons on my desktop that needed deleting as well. Okay, I got all that crap off, now for the music...!
I opened the Music Oasis program and typed some of my favorite bands in the search bar. Nothing. I saw a genres tab so I clicked that and saw Electronica (among approximately six other genres like jazz, hip-hop, pop, country, etc.) A list of DJs came up and I didn't recognize any of them. I checked Pop, didn't recognize a single performer. The same with hip-hop and the others. Talk about disappointed!
It appears that all of these artists may be trying to advertise their music so they allow Music Oasis to hand it out for free. Yes, you can download them onto your computer then put them on your iPod. But if you don't know a single performer, what's the point? Sure, I could listen to them and see if I end up liking them, but I already know what I like!
The fact that it downloaded all that garbage and I had to install it and the fact that it has no recognizable performers makes it a complete waste of time. At least, for me. Others may find it enjoyable. Right now I just listen to Pandora from my computer. I can't download the music to my mp3 player, but at least I can listen to what I want when I want. Hopefully another free music site like Limewire will come out soon.