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LinusStallman 07-21-2011 02:38 AM

Names of free songs that came with Windows XP?
 
Hi.

I remember a number of years back when I was using Windows XP, there were free songs on it.
Can someone tell me the titles. I remember there was one from Beethoven, another from Talking Heads and a jazz number titled something like 'highway...'?

b0uncer 07-21-2011 02:46 AM

Yeah, remember those--never listened, though. This "Yahoo answer" seems to suggest that the tracks were Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Highway blues, and Like humans do.

I very much doubt the tracks are "free." Microsoft has surely paid for being able to distribute them, and you paid for them when (if) you paid for Windows.

SigTerm 07-21-2011 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by LinusStallman (Post 4420915)
Hi.

I remember a number of years back when I was using Windows XP, there were free songs on it.
Can someone tell me the titles. I remember there was one from Beethoven, another from Talking Heads and a jazz number titled something like 'highway...'?

New Stories (Highway Blues), Beethoven Symphony #9 (Scherzo). I think I saw an extra song on another machine, though.

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Originally Posted by b0uncer (Post 4420925)
I very much doubt the tracks are "free."

Beethoven's music should be free to perform/print/redistribute, but the recording of actual performance probably isn't free (I'm not very familiar with performance rights).

LinusStallman 07-21-2011 01:41 PM

Cheers b0uncer & SigTerm. Thats them alright. :hattip:

b0uncer 07-25-2011 04:04 AM

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Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4421080)
Beethoven's music should be free to perform/print/redistribute, but the recording of actual performance probably isn't free (I'm not very familiar with performance rights).

Me neither--but I meant "as a whole," the songs that come along the OS as samples aren't completely free. I guess one is more or less free to whistle them, but I doubt if one is free to share the audio files over the web.

cascade9 07-25-2011 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by SigTerm (Post 4421080)
New Stories (Highway Blues), Beethoven Symphony #9 (Scherzo). I think I saw an extra song on another machine, though.

The 'extra' track would have been David Byrne- Like Humans Do. IIRC its on not on XP SP2 and SP3 versions.


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