There are a number of ways to share your music in the digital age. Regrettably, this is increasingly resulting in litigation being pursued by some multi-national corporations looking to assert some power over hapless music fans.
One low-fi (and safe method) includes stapling CDs to telephone poles, as illustrated recently by Toronto Indie band The Craft Economy, engaging in some good old fashioned DIY promotion (the band also included a statement criticizing the proposed federal copyright bill, C-61).
Personally, I find this idea to be very inspiring, especially in light of the recent undemocratic process initiated by the Canadian government of negotiating an international copyright treaty (ACTA) behind closed doors, without consultation or any parliamentary accountability.
So with slightly subversive motives, and in the name of sharing beloved music and promoting low-fi "file sharing" I think it would be a grand idea to make some mixed CDs of my favourite songs and leave them for free in various public spaces. I love the potential randomness of this, plus there is no IP address to track it back to!
Who knows, it may start a revolution, or at the very least it may result in someone being inspired by Galaxie 500's version of the Joy Division/New Order classic Ceremony, or hearing for the first time some obscure b-side by The Cure or a Big Star tune that I threw in for good measure.
Let the low-fi file sharing revolution begin!
"Once again, we're being told that home taping (in the form of ripping and burning) is killing music. But it's not: It simply exists as a nod to the true love and ego involved in sharing music with friends and lovers. Trying to control music sharing - by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along - is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it." -Thurston Moore (Wired Magazine April, 2005)
(Note: Picture courtesy of Boing Boing)