Any technology that facilitates multitasking is a welcome one: from PDAs that consolidate notes, appointments, and contacts, to cupholders that consolidate dads' driving their kids to school with their morning pounding of Hamm's. Optimize your music management, with Songbird
Developed in SF, 'bird incorporates Mozilla's browsing versatility into the simple interface of iTunes, then one-ups 'tunes by connecting directly to the entire Internet -- instead of a store you can't even shoplift from.
Whether you hit a website directly, search out specific audio, or browse from a list of pre-populated music blogs, any audio file on that server'll pop up in a handy download window, ready to be dragged and unceremoniously dropped into your library.
If you're digging a particular site, activate SB's audio-specific RSS to automatically suck down freshly added tunes as soon as they're posted -- invaluable, because you sleep, but KrautÜberRockers.de doesn't
Though 99% of your e-plunder'll be free, SB curtly cautions you to download responsibly, and encourages legal purchases by linking to a paysite -- legal compliance you'll come to admire after you get pulled over for driving while seamlessly streaming Hamm's.