17 Aug 2003 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)

Writing

I was pleasantly surprised to find today that my article Links to Tens of Thousands of Legal Music Downloads is the #1 search result at Google for the query legal music downloads.

My article ranks just ahead of Apple's music page which is in the #2 spot and covers iTunes, the iTunes Music Store and the iPod.

Heh. Wonder if anyone at Apple has noticed yet?

I'm especially pleased because legal music downloads has been the most frequent search query people have used to find my page for as long as the search engines have known about it. Traffic to the article has dropped since I stopped karma-whoring it all over slashdot, but I have noticed its picking up again in the last few days because of google.

It ranks #1 or #2 for a lot of other keywords as well.

I'm still working on the article. When I'm completely satisfied that I'm done working on it (hopefully soon) I'm going to put a Creative Commons license on it, and encourage copying. I'm also waiting for iRATE radio 0.3 to be released, as I can tell from testing the development snapshots that 0.3 will be a lot more reliable than the current 0.2 version. Also once I'm done I'm going to submit it for publication at Kuro5hin.

Because it's an opinion piece, I'm going to use the license that doesn't permit derivative works, which unfortunately also forbids translations. I'm going to encourage translations though, which as the copyright holder I can arrange privately.

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