Download Music For iPod – Do I Have Choices?

Whenever a revolutionary product comes into the marketplace it and often creates its own demand structure. I don’t want to sound too complicated but it’s true-let me briefly explain. Before the iPod era there was a plethora of MP3 haphazard quality download sites. With the coming of the iPod, Apple provided what is arguably the best downloaded interface on the net. This has revolutionized the way and expectations of how we download music.

Effectively the bar was raised!

However what we have seen is that many of the “older” download sites that sprang up are still around and these provide free music (more on this later!).

Okay, so how do I go about getting music for the iPod?

Well quite simply you have three choices:

1. You can buy directly from iTunes and other pay per tune sites.

2. You could look for torrent files (these represent many of the dodgy files that I talked about earlier-please don’t use this option!!)

3. You can source your music from an unlimited download site.

Let’s look at choice number one.

iTunes is highly recommended for those users who do not do a lot of downloading, who do not worry about their budget and prefer to stick to a “known quantity”. To give you an idea as to how expensive downloading individual tunes can be I have about 7000 tracks from my CD collection on my iPod. Luckily, it’s a 30 Gig model so it still has plenty of space-and that’s my entire CD collection. Okay, I have already paid for the albums and singles but just imagine if I had paid for all that music in one hit, at least $7,000!

Hypothetically, if you downloaded just two tracks a day (which is pretty average)-you’re looking at $800 in the year!

What you may not have realised is that while it is relatively easy to transfer CDs into the iPod, it is virtually impossible to transfer music that you’ve bought online onto a CD as you need special software for that. So, in some ways I actually prefer the old way of putting a CD of songs onto my iPod because I feel more comfortable with this option.

What about choice number two – The “free” option?

I have yet to come across anything in life that is truly free. The reason why I don’t like this option is because many of the so-called free sites specialise in transferring other “nasties” along with the file that you download in the form of viruses and Trojans-it’s just too much hassle to sort problems out if these occur.

Now we get to choice number three.

You may now be asking what is an unlimited download site? Well I think, that I would not be giving you all the available choices if I didn’t give you this option. You probably are not aware of this option but it’s a good halfway house solution to the potential heavy cost of using pay per download sites.

If you’re more Internet ‘savvy ‘ you will already know that many of these unlimited download sites rely on P2P networks for the files. I know that you’re going to say that this option is no better than choice 2 but it does have some substantial differences which make it worth considering. Since these sites are competing with the major players in the market they have to be competitive and that means they have to provide excellent quality, ensure that all files are free from viruses, and have an extensive database for the user to search and download from.

These sites come in two categories, monthly subscription or a one-off lifetime membership fee. The one-off fee is possibly the best value for money because the lifetime membership should cost no more than $40 whereas a monthly subscription site will cost between 10 and $15 a month for the same thing.

To attract business many of these sites allow you to download an unlimited amount of music for iPod use.

7 Tips On How to Download Music Safely

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and frustrated when you try to
download music? Are you worried about viruses and spywares infecting your
computer when you try to download music?

Many online users who are new to music downloads frequently find
it a bit discouraging to go over the Internet and start
downloading their favorite MP3s. However, there are a few tips you can follow that will help you
download music safely and easily:

1. Update your anti-virus software frequently

As you download music, be sure you have enough anti-virus
protection loaded in your computer and network system to avoid
any failure or virus infection.

2. Search lists of songs

Most of the sites allow you to search their list of songs before
you sign up with them. So, before you make up your mind as to
which download music site to use, you can browse as many sites
as you want.

3. Have the right media files

As you search for music online, all you need is media files like
window media player, Real one player, win amp etc. to enable you
play the songs that you download.

4. Check for player compatibility

If you are new to the techniques of downloading and if you are
downloading it on a portable MP3, be sure that your MP3 is
compatible with the site you choose to download music.

5. Beware of Free music downloads

Free downloads are common. However, most free download sites are
illegal. So if you think you don’t have to pay anymore to
download music. Think again. The true is, some sites that will
allow you to download free music but eventually you will have to
pay to download the music of you really want.

6. Try the service before you pay

As you enter the paid sites you to buy your music, I suggest you
try out before you buy. Some sites offer up to 14-day free trial
and other sites offer short clips of songs to listen. Be sure of
what you are buying by listening to the clips before you
download.

7. Update your Internet connection

A dial-up connection can take you hours to download a single
song. For best results use a broadband connection such as cable
or DSL and it will not take you more than a mere 15 seconds to
download a single song. Downloading music online can be an enjoyable experience when you
follow these simple tips. There is some great music online the
key lies in knowing how to get to them safely.

Is it Possible to Download Music Legally Anymore?

Throughout the past few years downloading music on the internet
has increased in popularity. At the same time though, it has
become illegal through many companies to download music as
musicians and artists have been losing money on their CD sales.
With many people being sued in the past couple years for
downloading music, is it really possible to download music
legally anymore? If so, at what price will it cost you to
download music?

As music sites such as Napster and Kazaa and many more have
attempted to create sites to download music for free, they have
just increased the problem that much more. Some of the users of
these programs have learned the hard way that music does not
come free, as they were sued for illegally downloading music.

Today there are many sites in which you can download music at
where they claim it is 100% legal. The latest music file
formats used are Windows® Media (WMA), Advanced Acoustic Coding
(AAC) and Atrac 3, and are very popular as it increases the
sound quality making it closer to an actual CD bought in stores.

Another great advantage is that many sites such as
SonicSelector Service on MSN allow you to preview the music
before buying it. Many sites today also offer a three-day trial
of their music downloading site, and then after that you will
have to begin paying a monthly fee. So it is possible to
download music legally online, but at what cost?

Pressplay.com offers unlimited music for a price of $9.95 per
month and then you also have to install the software from their
site. The downloaded music is non-burnable and once your
subscription runs out you no longer have access to any of your
songs. Rhapsody at listen.com also charges $9.95 per month for
non-burnable music, but instead of downloading the music you
download a music player that gives you access to the songs.

Now you can download music and you know the basic price per
month for non-burnable songs. However, most people download
music so that they can burn their favorite CD with a variety of
songs. Transferring these songs onto a CD or a personal MP3
player will cost you even more. Many sites offer packages for
songs capable of burning as oppose to a set price per song.

For example, Pressplay offers 5 burnable songs for $5.95, 10
burnable songs for $9.95, 20 burnable songs for $18.95, and then
on top of those prices you are still required to pay the monthly
fee to use the program. MusicNet offers a package for $17.95 a
month that comes with unlimited downloading music and 10
burnable songs.

There are other sites such as apple.com/itunes that is priced at
99 cents to download a song and there is no monthly fee, but you
must own a Mac in order to do this. Sites such as mp3.com,
peoplesound.com, and soundclick.com all offer free music to
download and burn. The catch is that these sites offer a
majority of unknown artists and songs.

With the exception of the last few sites I have mentioned, you
will find a relatively large selection of music to choose from
in all of these sites. Not one of the sites offers less than
300,000 songs to choose from with all of the biggest names in
the music industry such as Eminem, Britney Spears, and even
oldies such as Elvis, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

There are websites out there that are 100% legal for you to
download music at. The question now is how much money are you
willing to pay to download all of the hottest songs today, and
are you willing to pay extra to put those songs onto a CD?