A DRM-free SXSW experience

South by Southwest (SXSW) organizers recently posted DRM-free songs of artists scheduled to perform at the massive film, music and tech festival.

According to TorrentFreak, the song cache totals approximately 4.49 GB so far (at 792 tracks), and can be downloaded as a single file from a special BitTorrent site run by Ben Stolt.

However, the already formidable 4.49 GB torrent is likely to be followed by a larger one with additional tracks sometime in early March.

“Although all tracks can also be streamed and downloaded directly from the festival website, a big torrent makes more sense since it’s easier than laboriously downloading every MP3 separately,” explained TorrentFreak’s Ernesto.

“In addition, using BitTorrent saves SXSW some money in bandwidth costs. The good news is that, for once, the RIAA isn’t watching over your shoulder when downloading music.”

SXSW 2011 is taking place from March 11-20 in Austin, Texas.

The event – which serves as a launching pad for new creative content and artists – features tech presentations, concerts and film screenings.