Download Music MP3 Online – The Questions You Need to Ask

There are plenty of sites where you can download music MP3 online for your iPod, Zune or other MP3 player. The only challenge here is with so many choices, it is hard to decide which one to use. You can try your hands on those which offer free music but come with lots of problems, or opt for those that charge you a dollar per song or those services with a subscription fee-based concept.

Whatever choice you make to download music MP3 online, it is always wise to ask the right questions to see if the services can fulfil them.

1. Is the service a subscription-based one or you got to pay each time you download a song?

Paying per download is not the cheapest way. For a more sustainable solution, go for a subscription-based service since you get more songs for much lesser money.

2. Any usage rights for the music?

You would be surprised that the services actually observe different rules. Some of them allow you to copy the music onto the CDs. Others do not let you do so and insist that the files remain in digital format and transferred to an MP3 player instead. Also, there are several that restrict your downloads onto your computer only. So read the terms and conditions clearly.

3. Is the search feature sophisticated and reliable?

Various sites run on different search engines. Some of them are amazingly simple to use and return results quickly. Just key in your song title and within seconds, you would be directed to the download link.

4. What is the volume of songs they have?

Most sites today needs to provide at least a million songs, soundtracks, music videos from different record labels before they can be considered decent. Compare and see which ones offer the most for you to download music MP3 online.

5. Multi-genres?

Perhaps one often overlooked condition is the variety of music genres offered. You may love certain bands, or certain genre of music such as Pop and Rap. What a pity if they do not offer that. So be sure to check out the site thoroughly before subscribing.

6. Is the technical and customer support professiona?

Customer and technical support is very important. This is often the differentiating factor between a well run site and a poorly run one. Make sure they are around when you need them such as when you encounter some technical problems and require troubleshooting.

In short, these are the 6 questions you need to ask yourself before joining a site where you can download music MP3 online. For a full review of the top sites for unlimited music downloads, read up my entertainment blog now.

Music MP3 Downloads

Portable music players are all the rage, everyone either has one or wants one. With all that, technology floating around there had to be a place to get the music for them. Enter the music mp3 download, one click of the mouse will show you multiple thousands of sites that offer just that.

What is it?

A music mp3 download is a standard music file that has been compressed and can be downloaded from the internet into an mp3 player. The difference between these files and a typical music file is the size; technology has made it possible to shrink the size of the file without losing any information. Translation? Music mp3 downloads are smaller but sound exactly the same as the original.

How Much?

Typically, you can find many good deals on the internet for mp3 downloads. Often times a single song will be as low as eighty-nine cents plus no shipping! Simply put in your bank information and you are set. Sites like these may have entire albums for as little as $5 or combinations from the same group or artist.

Music Mp3 Download Sites

When looking for a reliable site for your music mp3 download you will find there are many to choose from. Amazon has a music download section as do many of the official sites of your favorite group or artist. The site may have access to the music downloads or a link to a reliable site where you can get them.

Free

Once you have browsed around for a while, you will see many offers free mp3 downloads. Many of these will be good sites with a legitimate product however; you may want to use a pre-loaded card with limited funds if you are asked for a credit card. Often sites like these will get your information under the pretense of assuring you are at least 18, others are just getting your card information to defraud you.

A variation on free music mp3 downloads are the sites that offer them for your phone. All they ask is for your phone number so they can send you the “free” music. Be careful in the fine print you could be agreeing to a monthly membership that will be added to your phone bill!

Pre-paid

A good way to avoid the problems with unscrupulous web site owners is to purchase your music mp3 download at a local retailer. They have selections from many artists or you can buy a prepaid card that you use online. Either way you are protecting your bank account while still enjoying your mp3 player!

Conclusion

Music mp3 downloads are definitely here to stay and with a little research and proper amount of caution you will have nothing to worry about.

You may want to check out my other guide on digital mp3 players or download music videos. I hope you find it useful!:-)

Should Artists Give Away ALL Their Music for Free?

Unless you live under a rock, you are likely aware that the music industry has undergone a fundamental shift in the past ten years… or, has it?

Since, oh, let’s say the beginning of Napster–you remember the little file-sharing project designed by one of my fellow Northeastern University alums (well, technically Shawn Fanning dropped out in 1999 so we were only there at the same time for a year), music sales have been in a steady decline. First it was album sales that took a hit, then digital, now the entire idea of purchasing music has become something as antiquated as paying for local TV.

(Hmm, well, actually, that’s even gone since they stopped local analog TV signals on Friday June 12, 2009.)

Well, you get the idea. For children growing up today, the idea that you actually need to enter a credit card into iTUNES, or go to a record store to buy your favorite band’s latest CD is no longer something that even enters their mind.

When I asked my younger family members who are still in high school how they purchase music, I was met with a blank stare.

“What do you mean? You just rip it off of YouTube.”

Oh. I didn’t even know you could do that.

Sure enough, when I tried, I found it quite easy to grab any tune I wanted right from a video on YouTube.

Oh, but surely that’s just a single… if someone truly likes a band they will then go to iTUNES or the band’s website and buy the full album, right?

Well, maybe. But more than likely they will wait until one of their friends acquires the full album, then sends it out to everyone in their address book via email, Dropbox, or any other very simple file sharing method.

Oh, but of course, there are measures that protect against that. DRM… and that thing iTUNES does where you can only play an mp3 you purchased on iTUNES on five registered computers. Sure–that’s something. Yet chances are if a young music listener can’t get an album they want for free with minimal effort, they aren’t about to waste time making an actual purchase. They are going to move onto the next band that sounds fairly similar, and whose album they can stream for free or just download in its entirety for free.

Which brings me to the original question–Should artists give away ALL their music for free?

My vote? An emphatic no.

And here’s why.

When you give something away for free, immediately a consumer lowers the expectation of how good the product is going to be. This is true of ebooks, CDs, movies… pretty much any product.

Free movies on Netflix are NEVER as good as the blockbusters that you have to rent on iTUNES.

If your uncle offers to give you his old car for free, you would naturally assume it’s a lemon… right?

When Radiohead first tried this approach with their album, In Rainbows, offering it up to fans as a “pay what you want” download, they set the stage for major label bands to start giving away their albums. I’m not a huge fan of Radiohead, but my immediate impression was that they must have felt their album wouldn’t have sold that many copies and never would have recouped the millions of dollars of advertising.

For them, it didn’t matter. They already had a major fan base, and were touring the world. For the new band just starting out, it might matter greatly.

Still, my impression of bands that immediately followed suit were that there albums weren’t up to snuff.

Has Springsteen ever given away a free album? Tom Petty? The Beatles? Not to my knowledge. People are willing to pay for quality.

However, for the independent artist trying to make his or her rent, who hasn’t yet hit the level of acclaim as Springsteen or Petty, clearly expecting a public to buy CD’s when they rarely purchase music is a difficult process, to say the least. And those few CD sales might very well mean being able to buy groceries this month.

Solution? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution just yet. However, the tried and true marketing strategy has been to offer SOME of your products for free to entice new fans, or potential buyers, but not ALL. Giving EVERYTHING you’ve ever done away is a mistake. Yes, you are still fighting an uphill battle in that younger generation expects that your album should be free, however, you are only going to hurt your career by giving it all away.

As they say, “Why marry the cow if you can get the milk for free?”

Er, something like that.

Point it, an artist who is genuine and really produces an album that is worthy of being sold for $15 (it’s gotta be good!) should do all they can to convey this value to prospective fans. Give away a song or two, but not the whole cow.

Oh, and back to my original question once again… is this anything new? No. Back in the day, there was no way to even record sounds. All music was in fact free.