Opsound calls itself a "record label using an open source, copyleft model". Technically they are not a record label as they merely act as an aggregator of other peoples websites via links as Opsound carries no music content on their website. As the number of links proliferate and with no quality control and minimal browsing facilities it is difficult to know what will happen to the site as it becomes increasingly overgrown and difficult to use and find music.
Their website tries to facilitate open content music by indexing songs and aiding a community. They are similar to MP3.com, but they do not have advertisements. Opsound is more inclusive than Magnatune, and has no facilities for money transfers.
Opsound does not host works, leaving that to others such as the Internet Archive's Netlabel collection. Metadata includes descriptions of songs and artists, track numbers, and indexed keywords associated with songs. All new songs must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license, but a few songs are licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0. Popularity charts were added around the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004. Popular artists include _aa_, Binary Beats, and the Evolution Control Committee. There are plans to add software for so-called "microlabels" to allow people to create their own albums from the sound pool.
Other Open Source Record Labels
- LOCA Records
- Roots Records