Scott Penrose


Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

Magnatunes - the musical experiment.

Free listening

I have had long discussions with a friend in the music industry regarding free listening. My arguments have been that to buy a song, I first must know it. The only way to know it is to hear it. Currently the only way to hear most music for free is on the radio or TV. Once it is popular and we know it, then we can go to the shop and buy it.

This means we have a completely controlled industry !

The argument against free listening, is that if it is free, why would you pay for it. I can't argue if that is true or not, I can only speak for myself. If it was not free, I would not buy it - because why would I buy something I have never heard.

Why I love Magnatunes

  • it provides free listening to all tracks.
  • We can pay what we like, and 50% goes to the artist.
  • Licenses are very good - e.g. Creative common style licenses for use in not for profit situations, and reasonable prcies on profit.

Movie Music

For home movies, for you tube, for the Gliding Club of Victoria I wan to be able to put up music. I can find a copy of the right type of song, buy a copy, and now freely use it with attribution. Very nice. The artist has a copy, it is all above board and legal. I do not like piracy.

NEW - Pay per year

Magnatunes now allow you to pay (be generous, $20/month is reasonable) for unlimited downloads. This is a good power user option.

See it now

Some of the artists I like

(sorry no links yet, try searching on

  • Fernwood
  • Kourosh Zolani
  • Liquid Zen
  • Tim Rayborn
  • Suzanne Teng
  • Panacea
  • Anna Rynefors and Erik Ask Upmark
  • Shiva in Exile
  • Shira Kammen