View Full Version : Archive.org - discover the magic

05-13-08, 08:37 PM
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For instance, they host the Live Music Archive, which has concerts by bands who have said OK to having shows downloaded. And they have a lot of bands you've never heard of, but plenty of quality to be found - Buckethead, Warren Zevon, Cowboy Junkies, String Cheese Incident, Grateful Dead... well, they used to have all the Dead recordings, but now you can only stream the soundboards. Everything else, you get FLACs or SHNs, and if the uploader OKs it, MP3s (both 64K lo-fi and VBR hi-fi), and OGGs (for us Linux geex). Or you can stream the MP3s (either bitrate). Sorry, no Jimi. Live music archive home page:

But wait! There's more! And it's all FREE!

Public domain movies like Night Of The Living Dead, My Man Godfrey, Nosferatu, Buster Keaton films, old 1950s Sex-Ed flicks, tons of old declassified government movies, newsreels from all ages. Archives of old-time radio comedies, dramas and news broadcasts. White House recordings from Nixon to Roosevelt... Theodore. Lectures on Buddhism. Early cartoons. Alex Jones' conspiracy theory movies. Thomas Edison experimental films. Project Gutenburg's library of books, and Librivox, the project dedicated to making audiobooks out of them.

All the movies are usually offered in several bitrates with streaming options. The high bitrate one is often DVD quality MPEG2. The silent movies don't have music because they'd need the rights to the music... but the quality and quantity of stuff there simply floors me every time I visit. It's the biggest site I've ever seen, and I know I haven't explored it all.

Seriously, you need to check it out.


05-13-08, 08:49 PM
ah yes...the LMA..

tons of good stuff there..

05-14-08, 05:34 AM
Yes, great site.
Considering Jimi:
Try Way Back Machine.
You'll find a lot of old and non-active sites there...