Go beyond browsing. With these 39 exceptionally interactive websites and services, you can do anything from launching a private social network to publishing your own book. Here's our Web 2.0 survival guide.
MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC BIZ
You don't necessarily need a major label to make it big in the music biz. These sites will help you promote and sell your tunes.
The painfully ugly page designs on MySpace haven't stopped the site from becoming the top promotional resource for unsigned musicians.
Signup is free and MySpace's music-related content runs deep, including dedicated classifieds and forums. One drawback: you can upload only four songs. Competing sites let you post more.
You may know GarageBand as the Mac software for creating music, but a website by that name also exists.
Musicians get 200MB of free storage for their songs. To have your tunes rated, you must first review 30 songs from other members or pay $20 (£10). If you're not a starving artist, a Gold membership (£50) buys more perks.
Jamendo lets you post and share as much of your music as you want, but you must post at least an album's worth.
You can distribute your tracks free of charge – allowing others to remix or alter your creations if you choose – while retaining the right to sign an exclusive deal with a label.
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