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 might also need to be worried about getting sued for a few pathetic Britney Spears single that you downloaded from Napster back in college! While the iPod and increasing amount of companies offering legal music downloads (for a fee, needless to say) appear to show that consumers still want their MP3s, the truth is that you ought to be leery of what “free” and “MP3” appearing together on a website.
Well, free downloads brought down Napster and they’re illegal – why even risk it?
Actually, that isn’t 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 to begin with. Plus, and I know that is getting technical, Napster allowed “swapping” of MP3 files, not downloading.
So file swapping, which costs nothing, and free MP3 music downloads will vary…do explain!
With file swapping, two different people were exchanging songs that had to first be purchased (at some time) 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, aswell. Swapping cut everyone out of that loop so that all lost money – plenty 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 means of attracting new fans. One is stealing, while the other is marketing.
There needs to be a catch…nothing is free!
Well, when i said, free MP3 music downloads are about promoting an artist, and getting them some exposure that could not be possible otherwise. But there are several things to look out for when considering 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 merely get a sample of the song instead of what you are actually after – you know, just like the whole song or something silly like this!