MP3 Music Downloads--Your Guide to Creating Personal Packages
MP3 music downloads have taken the music world by storm. In
2004, legal music downloads, worldwide, increased tenfold to
more than 200 million. With the ease of downloading your
favorite tunes directly onto your computer and then burning your
own CD, people have really accepted the MP3 format for music
MP3 music downloads work very simply. Find a site that offers
MP3 music downloads--there are hundreds of sites offering free
music and there are subscription sites available as well (just
search the Web for your personal favorite)--scan the inventory
of songs available, select the songs or albums you want, and
click on it to download it to your computer.
Truthfully, why do people download music from the Internet? To
hear NEW music that is not available in any other form or to
listen to records that have been deleted by the big label
companies and are no longer available for purchase. The primary
goal is not to save in the used CD bin at your local record
shop, but to hear music they simply can not find any place else.
And let's face it--most people don't want to spend .95 to
experiment on a CD they may not like or a CD that has only one
Who gets hurt by Internet downloads. Besides a very few
super-stars like Celine Dion, not many. In fact most artists
actually benefit. The primary way that an artist becomes famous
and successful is through exposure. Without exposure, no one
buys tickets to concerts, no one buys CDs, no one buys the
T-shirts, beer mugs or posters. Downloading music gives an
opportunity to the newcomers and those struggling to make it
While the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sheds
crocodile tears over the file-sharing programs they claim "rip
off" the recording artists, the truth is, on average, a musician
makes 41 cents on each CD sold. The record shops earn a couple
of bucks per CD, and the greedy record companies accumulate
astronomical and shameful profits.
While downloading music is easy and legal--so long as you follow
all copyright laws--there are some concerns of which you should
be aware. Make sure your MP3 music downloads are not filled with
hidden programs that will ruin your music experience, and invade
your privacy as well.
For example, spyware is nearly always present in MP3 freeware
and shareware downloads. The spyware gathers information and
monitors your computer activities without your knowledge. This
unscrupulous use of the Internet has resulted in thousands of
innocent users being victims of identity theft and fraud.
Secondly, adware (a form of unsolicited spyware that sends
advertising directly to your computer) is also contained in many
of these MP3 download networks. Your computer will be saturated
with unwanted and intrusive ads.
Also prevalent on the MP3 networks is pornography. Be very alert
to the fact that porn distributors disguise there software as
the latest "free" MP3 download or game demonstration to redirect
your computer to their sites.
Finally, be aware of "spoofing." Spoofing occurs when download
networks are filled with fake music files. For instance, you
download what you think is a popular song, but all you get is
the same ten seconds of the song over and over again.
In your search for the best downloadable MP3 sites, and to
create your own music library of your personal favorites, be
very selective of the sites you use. Probably the best known
site is MP3.com, but there are literally hundreds of other sites
such as Amazon.com, Glide Magazine, SoundShelf and
ArtistGigs.com that offer free MP3 downloads.
In the pay for music subscription services, two of the best are
probably EMusic and Apple's iTunes Music Store, but again there
are hundreds of other options.
By downloading your favorite songs and burning them on to CD,
you can truly create your own personal library. Download away,
turn up the volume, and sing along!