Music is undoubtedly a part of everyones lifestyle. That is why the internet is brimming with websites that offer downloadable music, either for free or with a very minimal charge. Downloadable music usually requires you to download corresponding software where the music will be saved. There are thousands of websites today that offer downloadable music and choosing just one site can be daunting task for you. Here is a brief guide on how to find good downloadable music over the internet.
BBC has compiled some downloading tips to help you find the best music online:
Research: Before you start clicking away, be sure to do your research and look for the website that provides the most convenient and easy to download software service for your music needs. Make sure that the website also has an extensive music collection so you are kept 100% satisfied.
Compatibility: Make sure that your software supports your mp3 player, so you can easily transfer your music from your computer to your hardware.
Listen first: If you are looking to download music at sites that require you to pay, make sure you check the song quality before buying. Most websites offer a clip sample of the song that allows you to hear short portions of it. Listen to it to check if the quality is good.
Great connection: It is always advisable to have good internet connection for faster downloads, especially a cable or DSL. If not, you might be spending valuable internet hours on just one song.
Check the indie scene: You can discover great music with lots of unsigned artists. Browse the internet for new artists and listen to their song samples.
Here are some of the websites and software that offer both free and paid music:
Apple iTunes: Ever since the iPod family became a worldwide hit, iTunes was carried away with all the excitement. What is great about iTunes is that it is a music player that also allows you to download music at a very minimal cost. But iTunes is both a marvel and a frustration at the same time. They have the widest range of music, covering almost all genres, but iTunes is not exactly compatible with all systems. You can purchase a song for just $0.99 each.
Napster: This is considered a pioneer when it comes to offering downloadable music. Napster has constantly and consistently redefined itself for its clients. Napster, which used to offer free music, has now transformed to offer paid music instead. Like iTunes, Napster allows you to purchase tracks for just $0.99 each. More interestingly, though, is that you can also subscribe to its monthly service that allows you to download unlimited tracks to your computer for just $9.95 a month.
Music Match: Like iTunes, Music Match is also a music player that allows you to purchase tracks online. Rates are similar, but Music Match still does not have an exhaustive library as it only has around 800,000 tracks. The Music Match music player can be a bit confusing at the start, but once you get the hang of it it will be smooth sailing. You can also share play lists with other members.