WWW, August 2009 - One thousand free, legal MP3 Downloads, to be chosen out of a catalogue with names ranging from Yami Bolo to Bob Marley to Prince Alla to U Roy? The Dubroom took a look into the claims of EZTRACKS.com and came back with a surprising report.
First of all: it's true. Just by registering with an e-mail address and filling in a phone number (note the "a"), you can get access to the giant catalogue of EZTRACKS.com among which a surprising selection of Reggae Music.
The Canadian website is part of Traffix Inc, an "interactive media company", based in New York. In 2007, the company acquired the exclusive rights for 10 years with an option for another 5 years. Mr. Jeffrey Schwartz, Chairman and CEO of Traffix, had this to say about it:
"The exclusive nature of this licensing relationship enhances it even further. It's not hard to find unauthorized songs for free, but to distribute songs for free that are licensed for download is a rarity, indeed. We believe that this arrangement will solidify our position as the largest free fully licensed music download marketing business in the world" SOURCE
So, until 2017, potentially, we've found a very interesting website here.
The registration process is easy, even though a bit confusing. After you've filled in your e-mail address, you're directed to a page that at first look screams: DO NOT GO FURTHER!
What's the case?
Unless you click on the link on top of the page which says something like "I'm not interested, give me something else" for about 5 subsequent times, you will not land on the registration page where you simply have to fill in your information, including a phone number. That fortunately does not have to be your own phone number, otherwise this article would never have been written.
At least, not in this way.
For after the registration process, you are indeed given access to a 1000 free downloads from a rather extensive catalogue of music. No, not necessarily Reggae and/or Dub, but we stick with our own realm of expertise.
A couple of names: The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, The Mighty Diamonds, Yami Bolo, Sugar Minott, Abyssinians, Junior Delgado, U Roy, Prince Alla, the Heptones, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Phillip Frazier, Dennis Brown.
Not all tracks are downloadable straight from the website, though. A huge portion is only "available through our partners at Kazaa". For which you have to pay, of course. Then there is the thing that a lot of titles on the site are actually cover versions by a band called "Countdown", which is not really obviously announced. There's even a set of karaoke tunes which you don't even want to hear!
In order to help you keeping the experience free and make sure you only download the nice ones, the Dubroom started a portal to EZ Tracks HERE.
Basically, there are two ways to download a track. If you choose so, you can download the EZ Tracks Music Manager. You will unfortunately be offered to do so, when you download a track. When you don't like this, just click on the link at the bottom of the page to download the MP3 without their download software. That is, after you've cancelled the offered download of the music manager.
All that trouble, is it worth it?
When you're interested in a 1000 free and legal (DUB) Reggae MP3 downloads, definitely so. However, since a lot of collectors might already have many tracks in the EZ Tracks catalogue, it might be fruitful to take a look at the DUBROOM EZ TRACKS PORTAL before visiting the website itself.