In the early 1990s, 'downloading' had a certain meaning that was familiar to and used by local residents of ski resort towns.  It was invented by these 'ski bums' to describe a real phenomenon that was new at the time.  People who did it were referred to as 'downloaders.'  The practice related to skiers who loaded on to a chairlift from the top of a ski run, usually with ski equipment still on, and rode it down to the bottom of the run where they unloaded and subsequently concluded their day of skiing.  This occurred after the advent of the detachable high-speed quad chairlift that saw increased popularity since the late 1980s at large, American ski areas; but occurred prior to the popularity of the internet which made the term mean something entirely different.  The technology allowed the chair to travel slowly at both the bottom and top for loading and unloading, and to travel much faster in between. 

In this setting, experienced skiers and rugged locals who skied frequently found it senseless, sad, shameful, hilarious, and even offensive to witness this act, usually being done by inexperienced skiers and out-of-shape vacationers who had found themselves in way over their heads and who were looking for an easy way out.  This spawned the emergence of something between a serious 12-step program, an urban legend, and/or an April Fool's joke.  Support groups, both real and imagined, sprung up that were known as Downloader's Anonymous.  DA meetings were for the unfortunate ski area tourists who, out of fatigue, laziness, intimidation or fear, would ride a chairlift down the ski hill to the bottom from the top, instead of skiing down.  Along this ride of shame and embarrassment, locals passing them by on their way up would notice there weren't any apparent injuries for most of these people, so they would proceed to ridicule them, point and laugh, heckle, and generally make them feel much worse about their predicament than they already did.  One would hope the meetings provided coping skills for such a traumatic experience.

Files can be downloaded from in several ways.

First of all, you can right click on practically any image you see on this site and do a Save As on it.

Check out the File Cabinet page for miscellaneous free stuff, or the Records page for free song samples. 

Sometimes Scott develops Google Gadgets and other unique songwriting-related software code he makes available for download here:

The Store , Radio, and MP3s pages contain links to original Scott Cooley song downloading locations, information about free sample clips, and free streams.

About Scott Cooley Song Downloads

The Scott Cooley Online Store is your primary index to Scott Cooley song download locations.

Audio-only permanent digital (and in some cases, limited) downloads require a mechanical license, which you may obtain from Scott Cooley using a form on this site.  Depending on the way you plan to use the file(s), you might need to also obtain other kinds of licenses.  Contact Scott with any related questions.

Permanent Digital Downloads

A permanent digital download (PDD) is each individual delivery of a phonorecord by digital transmission of a sound recording (embodying a musical composition) resulting in a reproduction made by or for the recipient which may be retained and played by the recipient on a permanent basis. PDDs are sometimes referred to as full downloads or untethered downloads.

Limited Downloads

A limited download is a digital file that is delivered electronically to a computer or other device to reside there on a limited basis. There are two types of limited downloads: time-limited download (for example, the song resides on the computer for 30 days) and use-limited download (for example, the song can be heard 12 times before it can no longer be played). Limited downloads are sometimes called tethered downloads.

Bandcamp Download Help

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