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Legal Music Download Services...

Fri Dec 25, 2009 3:04 am

So the Girlfriend is really wanting to get back into building up her music list. Hoping to find a service that's got a 1 time a year fee, lots of music choices, good quality recordings and doesn't bloat your computer. Anyone here use something themselves that they can recommend? I'm of course looking for something that is legal here in the United States, and preferably staying away from some of the typical P2P software. Thanks for the heads up, i haven't downloaded since the old Napster days ahah.
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:27 am

I can't make a recommendation concerning music download services (I still buy CDs, if you can believe it) but I can help you get started by pointing you to over 1,300 free songs you can download from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1250400877/ ... 011&page=1
 
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Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:37 pm

Rhapsody was a monthly price, but my mom liked it really well and (I think) still uses it to this day. It had a really wide selection, too.
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 2:52 pm

I got the perfect suggestion: http://www.mp3va.com
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:18 pm

1.) Any one time fee or monthly fee is a subscription service. Once you end your subscription the songs you've downloaded are no longer available to you. Some services, such as Microsoft's Zune, give you a number of songs that you get to keep even after you've ended your service. For the Zune it's 10 songs. The Zune service also has the out right purchase of songs, like iTunes and Amazon. To me if you're a heavy music consumer it is probably the best overall service, assuming their library has what you want.

2.) Buy CDs, listen to music that doesn't have just a few good tracks on each disc.

I always go with number 2.
 
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 5:57 pm

No, seriously, you guys aren't listening. mp3va is the way to go.

1) All songs are 100% DRM free.

2) All songs are high bitrate, at least 192kbps or greater.

3) All songs are CHEEEEAAAP. We're talking like 15¢ a song, or $1.15 an album.

4) Supposedly 100% legit and legal. There legal terms are stated to abide by copyright laws section blah-blah-blah.

The only sucky thing about them is hit-and-miss selection. Not quite as good as iTunes, but they do have a "request music" feature... not sure if it does anything.
 
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 6:21 pm

I use the new napster. They have a monthly subscription (5/month) that allows you to listen to nearly all of their entire library from your computer (some tracks are only 30 second previews). In addition, that monthly subscription includes 5 downloads. Those downloads are DRM free and 256kbps mp3's. Considering that it's usually about 1 dollar per track anyways, this has been a good deal for me. That, and before I buy an album, I get to listen to it completely. They offer subscriptions per year and every three months as well, but it all basically works out to the same amount of money per month. They do offer a certain amount of free mp3's when you sign up, depending on whether it's a yearly subscription or monthly, etc.

I've also gotten into last.fm quite a bit. I find it pretty good for finding new music. Pandora is also pretty good.
 
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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:20 pm

ssidbroadcast wrote:
No, seriously, you guys aren't listening. mp3va is the way to go.

1) All songs are 100% DRM free.

2) All songs are high bitrate, at least 192kbps or greater.

3) All songs are CHEEEEAAAP. We're talking like 15¢ a song, or $1.15 an album.

4) Supposedly 100% legit and legal. There legal terms are stated to abide by copyright laws section blah-blah-blah.

The only sucky thing about them is hit-and-miss selection. Not quite as good as iTunes, but they do have a "request music" feature... not sure if it does anything.


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Re: Legal Music Download Services...

Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:34 pm

ssidbroadcast wrote:
4) Supposedly 100% legit and legal. There legal terms are stated to abide by copyright laws section blah-blah-blah.

The only sucky thing about them is hit-and-miss selection. Not quite as good as iTunes, but they do have a "request music" feature... not sure if it does anything.


AFAIK, same legal basis as All Of MP3 (see: ROMS). Take that however you will.

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