Downloading music from the internet is a fast, easy, and inexpensive way to expand you music library. Music downloads can even let you listen to music that you wouldn’t otherwise have had access to. The only problem is that there have been so many illegal music download sites in the news that a lot of us are afraid to get any music online.
The legal repercussions of downloading music from an illegal site range from annoying to devastating. Even if you don’t realize that music downloads you’ve been enjoying were from an illegal site, you can be held liable for having them on your computer.
How can you be sure that you are getting legal music downloads and not files that will get you into legal trouble? The best way to go is with a well-known and reputable site that charges you for the songs that you download. By downloading your music from a site that you know and which provides music legally, your can eliminate the risk of having illegal files on your computer.
Two of the most well-known paid download sites that most of us already know about are Napster and iTunes. These sites offer you the convenience of downloading music directly to your computer to listen to on your portable music player. You may even be able to use your purchased tracks to burn CDs for backup purposes.
Which of these sites will provide you with the best quality downloads for the best price? They’ll both provide you with easily-accessible music download options, but there are some significant differences in ease of use, price, and overall experience.
Napster is well-known as one of the most famous previously-illegal music sites. The takedown of Napster’s illegal music download service was felt all throughout the Internet community. Napster then came back as a legal service, which has cemented its reputation as one of the world’s leading music download services. Napster’s intuitive site design and huge library of over 5 million tracks let you choose the music that you what and the method of listening that suits you.
Napster lets you either stream music directly from the website for free (up to fives times per track with no downloads allowed) or pay to download your favorite songs. If you choose to download your music, you’ll have the choice of using them only on your computer or loading them onto your portable music player.
The good points of Napster are its ease of use, its attractive and intuitive user controls, and the fact that it allows you to stream full songs for free (up to five times each).
The price points of Napster’s paid plans are higher than other comparable services. If you choose to download your songs to a CD, you’ll pay additional 00 cents each on top of the monthly subscription fee. The songs are in WMA format, so you won’t be able to play them on your iPod or some other MP3 players. And perhaps the biggest negative of all is that when you cancel your Napster subscription, you lose access to all your download music.
iTunes is well known for being Apple’s digital music product.It’s free to download and doesn’t require any monthly membership fees. Every music purchase is made on an individual basis, whether it’s one song or an entire album. You can burn CDs from your purchased music, and you can play purchased music on up to five computers. iTunes is, of course, compatible with iPods. Its interface is attractive and ease to use, and the program’s library makes it simple to organize your music. The songs that you download are yours to keep and don’t go away when you stop using iTunes, which is a huge benefit that it has over Napster.
On the down side, iTunes can take up a lot of memory when it’s running. The songs you’ll get from the iTunes store are in a proprietary format that can’t be played in other types of MP3 players or with other software on your computer. There is no subscription service available, which a lot of music lovers fell would help to round out the offerings.
Overall, both services have a lot to offer. Although Napster’s unlimited downloads are cheaper in the beginning, you end paying more per song that you want to keep permanently or burn to a CD. On the other hand, this allows you to try out lots of music before deciding which tracks to buy – something that iTunes doesn’t offer.
The choice is yours, and it can be a hard one to make. The best way to decide is to take advantage of Napster’s free introductory offer and compare the two sites before committing to one or the other.