Over the years, I've discovered a lot of awesome music that I never would have found on my own through recommendations from friends. For finding new, fun stuff to listen to, nothing beats trading mix CDs with other people. And mix CDs are one of those gifts that it's just as fun to give as to receive--from picking the tracks, to arranging them in the perfect order, to designing an epic label for an epic mix, it's at least as much art project as piracy.
I started MusicXchange (https://www.deviantart.com/musicxchange) as a fun way to trade music with people across the country. Currently it's only open to U.S. residents, but if there's enough interest, I'll open up so