We've often recommended Ruckus as a solution for free, legal downloads of music. But, alas, it appears that Ruckus has closed down.
It's disappointing news. Ruckus was a very useful service and had a solid library -- including a lot of obscure music that I hadn't heard in ages. But evidently the bad economy has taken another victim. It's hard to survive on advertising alone.
More annoying is the way it was handled. There was no warning, no consideration for people using the service. I understand these things happen quickly, but Ruckus basically just shut down their site and let people discover it. An e-mail to users (they have everyone's e-mail address) would be the classy thing to do.