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Different legal ways to download lots of music
#1. Emusic: 25 or more free music mp3s for month trial, then pay monthly for 30-75 tracks
#2. Napster: 7 days free music, Software based unlimited library
#3. iTunes: Download based pay per track
#4. Amazon: Mp3 downloads and everything else.
Music download services often will give you a LOT of music just to try out their service. In the case of Emusic, for example, they currently will give you between 25 and 50 free mp3 files, yours to keep, whether you continue with them or not. Napster gives you a trial period to listen to whatever you wish.
Even though you have to provide your credit card information to sign up, you can easily cancel the subscription before the date and you will not be charged. And all the music you downloaded during the free trial is yours to keep!
I have personally used eMusic, and have no regrets. With eMusic I have stocked my mp3 player, and built up an impressive music collection, burned CDs and not had to buy one for some time.
1. Emusic millions of mp3 downloads yours to keep
The third model is a mix of the first two. With Emusic, you pay a monthly subscription fee which gives you a certain number of free downloads. Above that number, you pay per track. Emusic offers a free 14 day/25 download trial. The Emusic format is MP3, which is the most versatile audio format. Most every portable player supports them, and you can easily burn them to CD and do with as you please. (International and US -- not all tracks available worldwide).
I have also used Emusic, and while it can't compare with Rhapsody for selection, it does have some benefits. Firstly, as a limited music downloader, basic subscription was enough for me. Second, the fact that it comes as mp3s with no limitations was awesome. Most importantly, Emusic is international, so users in Europe and elsewhere can sign on, get the free trial and download mp3s. Rhapsody and Napster are US only.
The eMusic Trial: 50 mp3s for taking a month free trial.
The Emusic Music Download Subscription offers:
- 30 Song Downloads per month
- $11.99 per month
- 50 Song Downloads per month
- $14.99 per month
- 75 Song Downloads per month
- $19.99 per month
eMusic Basic = 40c/song
eMusic Plus = 30c/song
eMusic Premium = 27c/song
2. Napster - find every song easily
A subscription service is Napster. Remember them? Used to be file sharing, but now on the up and up. They offer a 7 day free trial. They have two subscription models - $12.95 for unlimited access in their software, and $14.95/month for Napster to Go, allowing unlimited mp3 dowloads for your portable devices.
I have not used Napster, so I can't vouch for them. Here's Napster Music Download Service information:
The Napster Trial: 7 days access to all features
Napster To Go, at $14.95 a month, you can:
- Search the full Napster catalog.
- Listen to an unlimited number of full tracks on your computer through the Napster software interface.
- Download and transfer your downloaded subscription tracks to up to three compatible portable devices or mobile phones. Napster uses WMA format, which is as good as mp3 format (Napster software only).
- To burn to CD, you must separately purchase tracks.
- Participate in Napster's online forums and compare tastes with other Napsterites.
- Share music with others.
With A Napster Regular Subscription, at $12.95 a month, you can do all of the above, but cannot transfer tracks to a portable device. If you wish to, you must pay for each track, appx. 99c.
3. iTunes - stock your iPod
The second model is Itunes. Itunes is a proprietary download music store. You choose the tracks, listen to a thirty second sample, and then make the purchase at 99 cents. The music is then available to listen to on your computer or your iPod, or to create a custom CD with. (US residents).
iTunes has access to all the music you need, but you can only catch 30 seconds before you will need to purchase the track. It is made for the iPod, so you iPoders probably already know it. The software player is very good.
iTunes gives you the software free, but does not advertise a free trial.
4. Amazon - buy massive amounts of mp3s, and everything else too.
Amazon is now much more than books. They have a complete online shopping portal that allows you to find everything from TVs to artwork to, you guessed it, downloadable mp3 files. I've added links to the Amazon versions of the songs in the MIDI Jewish music section. These MP3s are yours to keep, CDize, put on your mp3 player or listen to while sitti ng at your computer.