Warning! Music Download Sites are
Not all the same!

Music download sites don't want you to know what they place on your computer when looking for music downloads of your favorite MP3 songs.

When you download and burn a CD, your aim is to obtain a collection of your favorite songs and music, but you may be downloading more then you know.

Free download music sites are especially known for the following:

  1. Spyware downloads are almost always contained in file sharing freeware and shareware. The software gathers information and monitors the activities you perform, without your knowledge.

  2. Adware downloads are also contained in these free digital music sites. Your computer can and probably will be stuffed with a huge amount of intrusive advertising.

  3. Indecency is very prevalent on Internet sites. Be very aware that peddlers disguise their software as the latest game demo or other allurements to redirect your modem to dial premium-rate lines or download sites.

  4. Spoofing is when music sites are filled with fake files. For example, if you download what you think is a popular song, you will get the same ten seconds of the MP3 over and over again.

    So, if you want to download free music, sheet music, or song lyrics, first make sure you understand the laws of downloading copyrighted material and MP3's. Then find a free music download site that does not include the pitfalls mentioned above.

    When you use a legal music download site based on subscription or pay-by-the-song, you want a site that delivers high quality music and results in a CD that sounds like you bought if from the music store. To achieve this, search for a site that has quality software, fast downloads, easy-to-use interface, online instructions and friendly tech help.

    Most legal download sites have excellent search engines, programmed radio stations, resources for recommending similar music and unlimited tethered downloads.

    The top services also have catalog access to the big five labels- Universal, Warner, Sony, EMI and BMG. This accounts for all but 20% of recorded music. You should not have any trouble finding a top billboard song.

    The following "paid for" / legal music sites have been consistently rated as the best.

    Legal Music Download Sites:

    Real One Rhapsody- Our favorite "legal" site, as well as PC magazine's and Business Week's. This music site has without a doubt the most music and the best features for downloading mp3.

    Emusic- This legal music site offers good value and at this time is offering a Free Music Trial - 50 free mp3 music downloads for 14 days.

    Remember that the free services are legal too. It's all in how you use them. It is a good idea to join at least one of each of the free and legal music download sites. This way you have the best of both worlds. So, learn, search, download and don't forget to SING ALONG!

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