By Scott Brown
Updated September 22, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The beginning, a wise nun once said, is a very good place to start, and online-music newbies are unlikely to find a better starting point than the solid, simply dressed search engine at (, which includes a helpful Beginner’s Guide for those who don’t know Liquid Audio from liquid Drano. The average tune retrieval isn’t as comprehensive as, say, Scour’s, but then again, no one has sued — yet. Plus, the returns here seem better organized and of superior quality. A-

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