Keep Your Free Music Downloads – I Don’t Like Prison!

It honestly seems like the Feds could break our door down at any minute and haul us off to jail for downloading free music. Plus, thanks to well-paid lawyers and filthy rich record executives, you also have to worry about getting sued for some pathetic Britney Spears single that you downloaded from Napster back in college! While the iPod and increasing number of companies offering legal music downloads (for a fee, of course) appear to show that consumers still want their MP3s, the truth is that you should be leery of the words “free” and “MP3” appearing together on a website.

Well, free downloads brought down Napster and they’re illegal – why even risk it?

Actually, that’s not true. Napster fell from grace and had to start charging for downloads because people were swapping entire CDs on the site. Now in all honesty, the system was abused, which is what caused the lawsuits in the first place. Plus, and I know this is getting technical, Napster allowed “swapping” of MP3 files, not downloading.

So file swapping, which costs nothing, and free MP3 music downloads are different…do explain!

With file swapping, two people were exchanging songs that had to first be purchased (at some point) at a store. When the song or CD was purchased, the record company got their cut, the musicians made their money, and a whole lot of record store clerks and warehouse people had jobs, as well. Swapping cut everyone out of that loop so that all lost money – lots of it – except Napster, which made a killing off of advertising. But free MP3 music downloads are offered by artists, and sanctioned by music companies, as a way of attracting new fans. One is stealing, while the other is marketing.

There has to be a catch…nothing is free!

Well, as I said, free MP3 music downloads are about promoting an artist, and getting them some exposure that would not be possible otherwise. But there are some things to watch out for when thinking about any free MP3 music downloads. First, it is common for older songs to be listed as free MP3 music downloads, but the kicker is that you only get a sample of the song instead of what you are really after – you know, like the whole song or something silly like that!

Another thing to watch out for are information mining sites. Before you ask, let me just tell you – these are sites that offer up free MP3 music downloads, but ask that you fill out a “quick survey” first. Buried twenty pages deep into the book that is the site’s Privacy Policy, these sites clearly state in the smallest print allowed by law that they can turn around and sell this information. Now, you may think it a good trade for free MP3 music downloads, and willingly give out the information for some decent tunes at no charge. However, if you are a little nervous about who has your information and for what purposes, you may just want to spend a buck or two for the song and be done with it. No matter how you look at it, though, free MP3 music downloads are out there, and you really can add some great tunes to your collection – without worrying about being served a warrant!

Download Free Music to PSP

Finding a site that allows us to download free music to PSP is not very difficult. There are many websites out there on the internet that offer free music downloads. they are, however, violating the copyright law. They are offering you illegal download that might be unsafe.

If you are looking for a legal site to download free music to PSP. I should say there are no such site available on the net.

In fact if you want to pay, you can download the music file on a popular music library site called i-tunes, which is owned by Apple. But you have a lot of works to do because you have to convert those music files to mp3 format that PSP supports.

There are other sites available beside i-tunes. But if it is a legal site, you have to pay for each of the file you download. Most of the files may have been in MP3 format so you do not have to convert them anymore.

I bet you do not want to pay too many Dollars for every file you download, even if you are ready to do that you would not want to spend too much time to convert hundreds of music files, right?

As a matter of fact, you can do both, saving money and time, at the same time.
There are several sites that offer you unlimited download, so you can literally say that you download free music to PSP, why?

  • PSP owners need only to pay one time setup fee of $40 and they can get unlimited download forever.
  • Most of the sites have approximately 20 millions files in their huge inventory, so all the music you are searching for are definitely in the list and all of the files are in a format that your PSP supports. There is no reason for you to spend your precious time converting them anymore.
  • They offer not only music download but they also offer movies, TV shows, wallpaper (template), emulator, PSP software and more extra feature.

You can too save money, save time, and still make your PSP looks cooler with all those offers.

Why Use Royalty Free Music?

When creating your own films or simply making videos for YouTube or a Facebook posting, you will certainly need to add a little background music. Beware the music you choose- YouTube and Facebook can shut down your video for copyright infringement.

This happened to me when I created a memorial video that was posted on Facebook. Somehow they ‘knew’ that the music I was using was copyrighted. They did not allow the post to stay up. I worked around the problem by finding royalty free music on the web. I was able to use this music by simply adding a credit at the end of the video. Like everything else, it was a learning curve to find this ‘public domain’ music and then search through the tons of crap out there that is available.

It’s tricky to find music that you don’t have to pay royalties to use. A lot of sites offer that kind of music, the problem is they offer quantity over quality. Most of the sites are hard to navigate and the music is cheesy. Worst of all, some charge a fee up front to download their songs. You can find free quality music out there but as each film project is unique, so is the music. Finding music that matches your vision can be time-consuming.

Royalty free music can eliminate a lot of hassle when creating your videos. You may not be pinged immediately, but chances are, if you are using copyrighted material, someone is going to find out and insist that you ‘cease and desist’. For the average Joe out there, a Creative Commons license is perfect for obtaining music without paying a licensing fee.

For corporations and businesses that want the protection of licensing, a standard license, available for a small fee like $25, allows you to use a song for things like- telephone hold music, radio advertisements or corporate intros where you either don’t want to or can’t give the proper credit in writing. Why hire someone to write the music or pay a royalty if your budget won’t allow it?

I highly recommend looking for a website that is set up in several categories to help you navigate to the music you want quickly. Choose the genre of music such as hard rock or country or orchestral. From there It’s a lot easier to then sample and download songs or just read through the brief description below each song to get a quick ‘feel’ for what might work for you. Some sites even provide a photo for a ‘visual representation’ of each song.

Another nice feature to look for is songs that have a vocal and non-vocal version. One of the advantages to having both versions of a song is you can combine them throughout your film and use them as a recurring theme without repeating the exact same thing over and over and sounding monotonous.

For those who wish to have a completely original soundtrack, many sites offer music services such as score writing and soundtrack editing to make your movie one-of-a-kind.

An important thing to remember when searching for your music- be specific. “royalty free alternative music” will yield better results than just “royalty free music”.