1983 is a sister website to which aggregates all MP3 files that the users of MP3Tunes have found on the web and “sideloaded” into their MP3Tunes lockers.

Sideload allows you to search MP3s, listen to them and/or copy them into your own MP3Tunes account.

This review will adopt the question and answer format:

Q: Where does this music come from? What is Sideloading?
A: Sideloading refers to music files that users of find on the net and ask MP3Tunes to download straight into their MP3Tunes Locers. This is done from within the browser using either the Internet Explorer or Fireforx extensions of Oboe, MP3Tunes’ music management/uploading software. For more info on MP3Tunes check out the Freewaregenius review here.

Q: Can anyone use the service? Do you have to have an account?
A: Anyone can use the website to search for and listen to music. You can also download files to your hard drive or transfer them into your locker. You can get a locker for free on the website

Q: What kind of music is available? How many files does the service provide?
A: There apparently are more than 250,000 files available on Sideload, from every conceivable genre.
Q: Is this music legal?
A: Sideload is populated by users, and’s policy requires that no anauthorized files be Sideloaded; unauthorized tracks are “removed upon notification”. From the website: “ does not store any music, but rather links to files publicly available other places on the net. respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same”.
All of this notwithstanding, you will find that all kinds of music is available, the great majority of which is probably not legal.

Q: Do the mp3 files have proper tags and artist information.
A: It all depends on what files people Sideload; Some do and some don’t

Q: Any last words.
A: Yes. Sideload is coo!. Browsing the most popular sideloads is a great way to be exposed to new, (mostly) good music.

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