Better Searches Part II - Finding the Good Stuff
by netwebly | 12.8.2000
won't take long for you to figure out that you can fine
tune searches in Napster by trying different
combinations in the Artist
fields. The general idea is the same as it
would be if you were using a search engine
like Google to find
something on the Net: The more specific you are, the better your chances
problem nearly everbody runs into when they first start out: a search
by artist turns up hundreds of references to the same song. The problem
is you're not interested in this
- you've already found it.
You want to see what else is out there by the same artist.
Out there Somewhere
Many people mistakenly assume that this means the
song they are looking for isn't out there. This isn't necessarily true.
It probably is. The question is: where?
Napster isn't going to let us filter out the song by excluding it from
our searches. Other file sharing programs like
Gnutella will let us
do exactly that. But until the company adds this feature, Napster won't
The thing to do now is to get more
specific. Back to good old Stinky
Posse, the legendary Southern
California band we invented about ten minutes ago for the purposes
of this tutorial.
you may recall
Stinky Posse have a number of popular songs on Napster
Glad Bag Mag and Stinky Posse Anthem. It's
pretty obvious by this point that we are completely addicted to Stinky
Posse and must have more. Soon we will be going out to the store and buying
Stinky Posse CDs and
tee-shirts and possibly even making a trip to
Hollywood to see
Stinky Posse play live at some bar at one o'clock in the morning.
how can we find more music by our new favorite band, Stinky Posse?
we need more information. To be specific: we need more song titles so
we know what to look for. For an instant this appears to pose one of those
perplexing challenges mankind - or personkind if you want to be seriously
hip about it - has struggled with for centuries: We need the names of
more Stinky Posse songs. How can we find them?
are we going to do? Walk to a record store in the middle of the night
and write down all of the song titles off the back of every
Stinky Posse CD we
can find and then slink back home and download them all?
Don't laugh, some people do this. But perhaps there is a better
forgot you're on the Net, didn't you?
there are so many different ways to go about finding more information
on Stinky Posse
you could probably choke to death on it all before
you were done. And if you're not careful you just might.... After
all, if you are reading this, its a pretty safe bet you're on the
Net: the meanest, leanest, largest,
fastest, and generally slickest collection of information ever assembled
in the course of human history.
There's plenty of stuff on Stinky Posse out there. The challenge is finding
what you want.
Engines are your friend, Kid
When it comes to finding a
needle in a haystack, search engines
aren't much help. But on the other hand, if you have some idea what you're
looking for they can be amazingly effective.
Our current favorite is Google.
People are talking about
infrasearch a lot these days but it isn't
here yet - so we'll stick with google for
Stinky Posse into
Google's search field-
or your own favorite search engine - it makes no difference to us and
see what happens
speaking, the odds are quite high that you will now be
buried alive in links to Stinky
Posse. And if past experience is any gauge,
you'll probably find a ton of stuff you might not have thought to look
Official Stinky Posse Web Site
If the search engine is a good one (like Google),
you'll find the official Stinky Posse web site on
the first page of listings. Here you'll be able to read about the band
and check out their tour dates. Check those guys out! They all have spikey
They really are from Southern California!
Posse Fan Sites: A mixed blessing
Stinky Posse probably
have plenty of fan sites constructed
in their honor. These can be fun to look at for a few minutes. You'll
probably find snapshots of Stinky
Posse band members in various poses
and positions. The text of old interviews
with band members. Concert dates. Song lyrics.
And yes - indeed - exactly what you were looking for in the first place
- the names of more stinky posse songs you
can download to complete your collection. By
the time you're done you will be a certified Stinky
Posse expert. Almost an unofficial member of the band....
but that takes way too long...
the other hand, if you're like most people, you may not care to to become
an expert on Stinky Posse - not just yet anyway. What you need is a method
of finding information about Stinky Posse
that is quick, simple and does not force you to use your brain for longer
than fifteen milliseconds at a time. How can you do this?
Obviously, the answer is E-Commerce.
of People sell music Online
At this point there are hundreds of places online
where you can buy music, ranging from giant
Mall of the Americaesque sites
like Amazon.com to
online retailers like emusic and CDNow
to small specialized
independent record stores that
sell music who like a specific genre - like Stinky Posse ska.
Generally people go to these sites to buy
stuff. But increasingly, people are visiting for just the reason
you are: to do a little research when the occassion demands it. You'll
find just about all of the information you
could ever want about
Stinky Posse or any
other band, including professional reviews, fan
feedback, pictures of CD covers, liner notes, quotes as well as sample
people are sad...
Of course, the people who run these sites know why
you're there and they are deeply bummed about it. After all, they'd been
hoping to make a lot of money on the e-commerce thing
and most of them are a little sad that people are downloading music
for free rather than paying them for it. There's not much they can do
about it, however, except offer to sell you CDs.
Why not buy one while you're at it?
This may very well help you cope with the feelings of guilt you will be
Assuming you have the ability to take notes, you
will come away with everything you need: including the titles of
Stinky Posse's CDs, the names of the songs on those
CDs, as well as a bonus prize: a long list of other bands that dress,
talk and sound exactly like Stinky Posse.
there it is....
there you are. You have the CD titles of the three official CDs
released up to this point in their careers: their first This
is Stinky Posse, the critically aclaimed follow-up Drive
By Pie as well as their latest release SuperFly
Stinkify (it's a funk fusion thing.) You also have the titles of
all the songs on these three CDs. In
the minds of the Recording Industry Association
of America and
the label that distributes Stinky Posse to the masses,
you are now armed and dangerous.
your trusty copy of Napster and click connect....
- Watch those transfers, kid
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