Download Music Online Without Putting Yourself at Risk

You don’t have to look hard to find places to download music online – websites of all sorts will readily pop-up at your mouse click. Many will tempt you with fantastic free offers, including the software that enables you to do this for free and then share it with other users. And while everybody knows that these music sharing or p2p sites are potentially dangerous, to resist their offers may be really difficult.

If RIAA suing “online music sharers” is not something that can stop you from downloading free music files and you are still pretty much inclined towards p2p sites, be aware that you are putting yourself at risk. In case anything happens to you or your PC, nobody will bear responsibility, except for you, yourself. Just remember that there are legal and safe ways to download music online, even if you have to pay a few bucks.

The file share software available on p2p music websites is what you should be cautious about in the first place. Yes, it will let you do it for free, but at the same time it may be a source of huge trouble – with various malware and viruses coming along with it.

Adware, installed in most file sharing software, is what you can get as a package along with a music file. You may think that it is not harmful – it is not a virus, after all. But your PC will be stuffed with unwanted advertising, which can cause its system to slow down or even collapse. Spyware is even worse, because it has the ability to gather your personal data and surfing habits; operating in conspiracy, it can even modify your files and computer system settings.

And needless to say, every time you download music online your computer gets exposed to viruses and worms of all sorts. Though file sharing and software evolve all the time, trying to find ways to protect the users from virus attacks, you are still in a very vulnerable position unless you decide to switch to a legitimate downloading website.

If you are a regular visitor of p2p sites, the least you can do to protect your PC is make sure your antivirus program is effective and up-to-date. But even in this case you are not 100% safe; while antivirus and file sharing software advance, so do viruses and malware.

One more risk associated with downloading music online for free is pornography content. A music file, which you have downloaded, may turn to be a link to a porno site. Apart from new dangers for both your privacy and PC, your concern should be kids and teenagers who may use p2p sites for free music. If as a parent, that’s where you spent most of your free time, chances are your child will follow your example.

It is crucial to learn as much as possible about the website and the file sharing software it offers. It also makes sense to surf around and see what your options are. After all, the last thing you want is to regret about your decision to download it online when there are so many other better methods.

Why not check out the available alternatives at my music blog where you can safely download music online and enjoy millions of songs for a one-time flat fee that even a teen can afford?

7 Tips On How to Download Music Safely

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and frustrated when you try to
download music? Are you worried about viruses and spywares infecting your
computer when you try to download music?

Many online users who are new to music downloads frequently find
it a bit discouraging to go over the Internet and start
downloading their favorite MP3s. However, there are a few tips you can follow that will help you
download music safely and easily:

1. Update your anti-virus software frequently

As you download music, be sure you have enough anti-virus
protection loaded in your computer and network system to avoid
any failure or virus infection.

2. Search lists of songs

Most of the sites allow you to search their list of songs before
you sign up with them. So, before you make up your mind as to
which download music site to use, you can browse as many sites
as you want.

3. Have the right media files

As you search for music online, all you need is media files like
window media player, Real one player, win amp etc. to enable you
play the songs that you download.

4. Check for player compatibility

If you are new to the techniques of downloading and if you are
downloading it on a portable MP3, be sure that your MP3 is
compatible with the site you choose to download music.

5. Beware of Free music downloads

Free downloads are common. However, most free download sites are
illegal. So if you think you don’t have to pay anymore to
download music. Think again. The true is, some sites that will
allow you to download free music but eventually you will have to
pay to download the music of you really want.

6. Try the service before you pay

As you enter the paid sites you to buy your music, I suggest you
try out before you buy. Some sites offer up to 14-day free trial
and other sites offer short clips of songs to listen. Be sure of
what you are buying by listening to the clips before you
download.

7. Update your Internet connection

A dial-up connection can take you hours to download a single
song. For best results use a broadband connection such as cable
or DSL and it will not take you more than a mere 15 seconds to
download a single song. Downloading music online can be an enjoyable experience when you
follow these simple tips. There is some great music online the
key lies in knowing how to get to them safely.

Downloadable Music From Indie Artists – Should You Allow Free Downloads of Your Music?

As an independent artist trying to gain exposure for your project, create some awareness and enthusiasm for your band, but also trying to make a living with your music at the same time you may wonder — Is it is a good idea to provide a free download of one of your songs online for fans and/or potential fans?

There are a couple different patterns of thought on this throughout the music industry. To some it still remains a controversial issue, others may tell you it is a no-brainer. Here is a brief summary of the pros and cons to allowing at least one of your songs from a full length or EP-CD, or a single to be downloaded online for free.

Pros to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are giving your current fan base a way to interact and spread the word about your music
* You are offering a gift of appreciation to your current fans
* You are providing an enticement for current fans and potential fans to purchase the entire album once they have had a taste of your single
* It can be a great promotional tool. You can get setup with promotional postcards to give away at shows which have a promotional code. The fan is directed to a website where they punch in the code and get their free download. This way they really feel like they are getting something of value for free.

Sure, you can always offer fully streaming music which allows fans to listen to entire songs without downloading it to their hard-drive or iPod, which will entice them but by giving them a free download you are actually offering them more of a token of appreciation and you are opening a lot of doors with new fans. Whether you know it or not, no matter how encrypted or non-downloadable you think a track may be, it does not take someone who is very tech-savvy to be able to clip it anyway.

Cons to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are losing revenue for each free download
* You are losing potential revenue for each person the original person who downloaded your song shares the file with.
* That’s about the only con —-

So you have to weigh the two to figure out if it makes sense to offer a free song download. Obviously it does not make sense to offer an entire record for free download. Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to sell records, or does it?

I believe the greater majority of music industry labels, managers, and publicists, will tell you that it probably can’t hurt to offer a free download once in a while. You may want to offer it on a limited basis in the course of initial promotion so that you do not lose revenue on a consistent basis. The choice is ultimately yours of course – but again – once in a while should not hurt sales and could potentially increase them in the long run.

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