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Is It Possible To Download Music Legally Anymore?

Posted by faster1234 on 01/30/08 04:19

Throughout the past few years downloading music on the internethas
increased in popularity. At the same time though, it hasbecome illegal
through many companies to download music asmusicians and artists have
been losing money on their CD sales.With many people being sued in the
past couple years fordownloading music, is it really possible to
download musiclegally anymore? If so, at what price will it cost you
todownload music?

As music sites such as Napster and Kazaa and many more haveattempted
to create sites to download music for free, they havejust increased
the problem that much more. Some of the users ofthese programs have
learned the hard way that music does notcome free, as they were sued
for illegally downloading music.

Today there are many sites in which you can download music atwhere
they claim it is 100% legal. The latest music fileformats used are
Windows? Media (WMA), Advanced Acoustic Coding(AAC) and Atrac 3, and
are very popular as it increases thesound quality making it closer to
an actual CD bought in stores.Another great advantage is that many
sites such asSonicSelector Service on MSN allow you to preview the
musicbefore buying it. Many sites today also offer a three-day trialof
their music downloading site, and then after that you willhave to
begin paying a monthly fee. So it is possible todownload music legally
online, but at what cost? offers unlimited music for a price of $9.95 permonth and
then you also have to install the software from theirsite. The
downloaded music is non-burnable and once yoursubscription runs out
you no longer have access to any of yoursongs. Rhapsody at
also charges $9.95 per month fornon-burnable music, but instead of
downloading the music youdownload a music player that gives you access
to the songs.

Now you can download music and you know the basic price permonth for
non-burnable songs. However, most people downloadmusic so that they
can burn their favorite CD with a variety ofsongs. Transferring these
songs onto a CD or a personal MP3player will cost you even



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