Charles Oakland on Legally Download Music and
Downloading music is one of the greatest things
about owning a computer. However, the most popular way to do it
is illegal. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
is trying to stop anyone from downloading music illegally and
have recently been passing out hefty fines to prevent
downloading. In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling, companies
can be sued for encouraging illegal downloading, most notably
and recently Kazaa. With the recent shutdown of the top music
downloading networks, one has to ask:
Can I Still Download Music?
Yes, at plenty of Web sites, some requiring payments and some
free. Pay sites that have licensing agreements with the
entertainment industry -- such as iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music
and others -- are panting for your business. Sites battling the
industry such as Grokster and Morpheus -- which were targeted in
Monday's decision -- face a cloudier future. While the Supreme
Court sent their case back to a federal appeals court for trial,
they are almost sure to lose. They and other file-sharing
services that allow for sharing of copyrighted files -- and make
money off it, through advertising and other means -- may fold or
have to change their sites drastically.
Unfortunately these top profile downloading sites often
charge a hefty fee for their access. Basic membership fees often
cost upwards of $30 a month, while tracks start at $1 a piece.
Alternatives have arisen that promise to give you the same
amount of content but at a cheaper price.
These alternatives include: MP3-share, mp3downloadhq, legal
music access, and online download network. Reviews of these
programs can be found at http://music.webreviews.ca
managed by http://webreviews.ca
About The Author
Charles Oakland is a journalist by nature who manage the
popular web review site: Free Web Reviews Free MP3 Reviews.
This article was posted on February 21, 2007
Legal Music Download Sites VS P2P File
by: Anna Rowe
This article was posted on December 05, 2006
This article compares the differences between legal music
download sites VS file sharing networks.
1) Music files available for download:
The p2p file sharing networks heavily out number the legal
music sites when it comes to the amount of files available for
download. A p2p application provides millions of unlimited mp3
music files, while a legal music download site provides
legitimately licensed music files in the hundreds of thousands.
2) The cost of downloading music:
You can download p2p file sharing networks for free, or for a
very cheap one-time fee. A legal music download site is usually
either "subscription-based" or "pay-per-download".
A legal site will also usually charge extra for the ability to
rip or burn music.
3) Variety of files available for download:
A legal music site mainly provides ONLY music files for
downloading. A p2p application gives you, besides music files,
full movie, game, video, software, TV show and ring-tone files
to download as well.
4) Legal Issues & Controversy:
Legitimate legal music download sites are completely free of
controversy and 100% legal to use. P2p file sharing networks,
while legal, are not without lawsuit concerns and controversy
due to how the file sharing technology can be used.
If you choose to use a p2p file sharing program, there are
potential risks you need to be aware of, including:
Lawsuit Risks - Peer to peer file sharing networks have been
ruled legal in a court of law. However, if you download and
share "copyrighted material" you could risk becoming
targeted, and possibly sued, by the RIAA (Recording Industry
Association of America).
Virus And Privacy Risks - In using a file sharing
application, you risk the possibility of installing harmful
spyware, viruses, worms and malware on your computer. And if
that's not bad enough, many p2p applications also leave you
exposed to online hackers and identity thieves that can steal
you personal information.
Legal Music Download Sites VS P2P File Sharing - Summary:
At first glance the p2p file sharing networks may seem to
offer an easy way to get unlimited free file downloads. But
remember, nothing is really free and this is especially true
with the p2p file sharing applications.
The file sharing programs come with a price of increased
privacy and security threats, and potential RIAA lawsuit risks.
The ONLY way to guarantee getting safe music downloads online is
by using a legitimately licensed music site that provides
downloads of music legally licensed from the record labels and
About The Author
Article by Anna Rowe, webmaster of
that provides music download site reviews and quality online
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that details critical facts about downloading music online.
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