September 19, 2007
Posted by Gordon Smith

If free music seems too good to be true, it probably is. I tried SpiralFrog tonight. The software crashed my computer (which never happens on this machine). When I got the computer re-booted, navigated to the site, and tried to download a song (Bohemian Rhapsody, of course), the software went into spasms.

This may have something to do with the warning on the site: "We are currently experiencing extremely high traffic at SpiralFrog, which may be causing delays for some users. We apologize if this is you."

But even if it worked, SpiralFrog has a bigger issue: "Songs and video files that you download from SpiralFrog are not compatible with Apple's range of iPods or Microsoft's Zune."

My next step was "uninstall."

UPDATE: Marketplace is doing a series on the music industry. The second installment (here) mentions SpiralFrog, but pursue a bigger theme: mixed messages are being sent by the "Big Four" music publishers (Sony BMG, EMI, Universal and Warner) by simultaneously prosecuting people who have downloaded "free" music and attempting to market through file sharing. By the way, the first installment of Marketplace's series is here.

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