You may agree or disagree with the All Music Guide critics - and so what.
What REALLY make www.allmusic.com interesting for folks downloading music are their exellent artist discographies with track listing for each album - which usually includes the exact length of each track.
Be very careful to check out that the file you want to DL has the correct length. If not - it may be a fake - OR it could be another recording of the same song (f.ex. a live version).
I am a professional musician and have been a collector of music for years! Thanks to AMG (and Kazaa Lite) I have been able to build a really great library of popular music, with the complete discography from artists from Bob Dylan, Beatles and Pink Floyd to ...well, you name it! - and that without ruining my economy! With artists that are new to me, I simply would not know what tracks to look for if it wasn't for AMG.
AMG gives you the complete discographys of most of todays popular artists (at least if they're known in USA), but it is never completely up to date. If you can't find a brand new album - check out the artists homepage (very often www.artistname.com) or check out an internet shop (Amazon, CDnow etc...)
Another tip: When trying to collect all the tracks from a CD - don't rely 100% on the track length - use your ears as well. You will usually be able to hear a if a file contains a recording from the same, or a different recording session than the others from the same album.
Quite often you may find newer remixes of a song as well - again let your ears decide!
When you have finally collected an album, why not make an albumwrap collection of the album - and put it in your shared folder (you'll save a lot of people from having to do the same hard job you did). Search for "Albumwrap" under software in Kazaa (I believe you can even find a keygenerator! For those who struggle to extract some of these "wrapped" albums - the
"Alba Extractor" is much more reliable than the original one.
I hope this is helpful to some of you.
Keep on sharing - that's what this is all about!