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.
GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD
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.
Magnatune splits purchases 50:50 with its artists and allows them to set a purchase price (within reason). You're responsible for recording your own tunes and paying for any studio time, if necessary.
MusicSubmit helps you promote your music by sending your MP3s and artist/band information to hundreds of internet radio stations, music magazines, blogs and other sites.
Signup is free, but promotional services range from $17.50 (£9) a month to a one-time fee of $239 (£120). If you'd rather sell your own CDs, you can let people play the music on your own site by embedding the MusicSubmit player there for free.
Sony's slick AcidPlanet site allows artists to review other people's songs, and maybe get discovered by making the site's Top 25 list of the most popular tunes. Among the useful freebies is the AcidExpress music-creation software. The more you review other artists' songs, the more likely it is that others will check yours out.
Musicians receive some great freebies at MP3.com, including 100MB of storage for music, 10MB for photos and unlimited space for video clips. The site has an egalitarian feel, with lesser-known acts enjoying equal billing alongside major-label stars.
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