Tips on Downloading Music to Your IPhone Without Spending a Lot of Money

For many iPhone enthusiasts, ability to download their favorite musics to their iPhones cheaply or even freely is one of the top priorities. If you do own an iPhone, I am sure you too have been trying to figure out how to download your favorite musics in the most cost-effective way.

I see there are many iPhone users who spend a lot of money in those pay per track music download websites. If you are downloading music to your iPhone from such websites on a regular basis, you may want to sit down and calculate the amount of money you spend over a year. You may be shocked to find out that your music download expenses can even get you another brand new iPhone.

You can forget about those pay per track music download websites and peer-to-peer (P2P) illegal music download networks. Here are some of the best ways you can download music to your iPhone without having to spend a lot of money; or even for free in some cases.

If you have a lot of existing CDs, the first thing you should do is to convert all your favorite songs into the MP3 format. You can use iTunes – a proprietary digital media player application by Apple – to rip audio CDs to MP3 format. The iTunes application can run on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. This way, you can have all your favorite albums imported to your iPhone without paying a dime. This was what I did when I first got my iPhone.

Besides playing and organizing digital music files, you can also use iTunes to connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, games, various podcasts, Movie Rentals and Ringtones (available only in the USA).

Visit the iTunes store on a regular basis as they often have free music available for download. In most cases, the featured artist will have a few music tracks available for download at no cost at all. There are many other large music download websites offer freebies for new members. You can take advantage of this offer by simply registering as a member for free.

Subscribing to a one-time annual fee site that offers unlimited music downloads is also a good idea. This way, you will be able to download all your favorite musics to your heart’s content for the entire year. The annual subscription fee typically costs about $20, it is a lot more cost-effective as compared to pay per track music download websites.

These are just few tips on how to download music to your iPhone legally, freely or at minimal cost. Don’t cultivate the habit of downloading music to your iPhone illegally as this may get you into trouble with the law. Also, your iPhone can get infected with computer viruses or malicious spyware if you download stuffs from illegal sites.

Download Music Online – What To Look For

It is not a problem to download music online nowadays. There is an overwhelming selection of websites offering just about anything, so even if your taste is quite specific chances are you can find what you are looking for. The following information will give you an idea what to look for as well as watch out for when you decide to download music online.

Downloads Differ

First of all, differentiate streaming and downloading. The first variant is when music is played live as long as you are online; in case of downloading you get music files copied to your hard disk, so they can be saved and played offline. Downloads also differ. Some are permanent, meaning that you can burn the songs to a CD or transfer them to a portable player. However, downloads protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) usually last as long as your subscription does. You are also limited in moving and copying your music files.

Clearly, getting full control over your downloaded music files is what you should look for. However, if you are only looking to listen to songs online, streaming is sufficient as many radio stations offer it for free.

Free Stuff Does Not Mean Best

The first thing that many people look for is to download music online for free. However, if you take time to read user reviews, you will realize that people face a lot of problems on these sites. They vary from slow downloading speeds to poor selection and quality of songs to improper functioning of a website to virus attacks and inadequate file content… File sharing is the fastest way to expose the data stored on your computer to other users, so you need to realize that the whole idea of free music downloads is potentially dangerous in many ways.

Needless to say, the majority of free music download sites are downright illegal (though unabashedly claiming the opposite). A good example is the famous Napster, which used to be a P2P kind of website, but had to stop free services under legal pressures. Even Kazaa and some other large music sharing websites don’t seem to function properly according to the latest user reviews given the fact that they also face a lot of copyright challenges.

Payment Plan

Paid websites vary a lot when it comes to payment plans they offer. Subscription is the most common variant, but unfortunately not the cheapest. Pay per download is even more expensive option unless a couple of particular songs are all you need. The alternative to download music online, which is becoming more and more popular, is to purchase a lifetime membership. You can get access to unlimited music downloads and all the necessary technical support for less than $50 in most cases.

Other things to look for when deciding to download music online are: usable format, free trial period and/or samples of music available, free downloading software, clear instructions, and 100% malware protection.

Read my entertainment blog for a full review of the most popular sites where the majority are going to download music online.

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?