Gone are the days when the best way to get a hold of your favourite record was by walking along to the nearest record or music shop. Now, you can download all of your favourite tracks from the comfort of your own home.
Keep your shelves free and do your bit for the environment by switching to music downloads and you can enjoy great quality tunes on your favourite music player. The great thing about music downloads is their versatility. Listen to your tracks through your computer, on an MP3 player, via a dedicated stereo system or even through your phone. Best of all, you can take your music with you everywhere.
Great music download sites
When you’re just getting started with music downloads, there’s no better place to begin than with Amazon. Not only does it offer you hundreds of thousands of albums to choose from, it also has an extensive library of free music to download. This means you can get used to the process before you start spending money on building up your collection. What’s more, Amazon has introduced an excellent new extra, which ensures that every time you buy a physical copy of an eligible album, you’ll get a digital copy too.
Another reliable service is available from iTunes by Apple. Not only does iTunes make it incredibly easy for you to buy and store music from a huge range of artists, it also sells books and films too – handy if you’d prefer to make all of your digital purchases from one central company. While iTunes is particularly great if you happen to own an iPod or iPhone, it is compatible with most other software and provides a really easy way to organising and enjoying your albums.
Ways to listen to music online
Another excellent option is Spotify. Unlike many of the top music sites, Spotify doesn’t provide music downloads – instead, it offers a streaming service that allows you to listen to a massive library of music wherever you are. There are several levels of membership, starting with a free account and including a premium service. The basic, free account is perfect if you don’t mind listening to adverts now and then and the premium service not only has no ads, but it can be accessed via all kinds of music players, including your phone. Spotify Premium also allows users to access offline playlists.
If you’d like to listen to music for free, you should definitely check out the Free Music Archive (FMA). This is a social music site that was started by Jersey City radio station WFMU back in 2009 but which is now run by a variety of other radios stations and individuals. It specialises in offering a comprehensive list of free and legal music downloads, ideal for broadening your musical horizons. A similarly friendly and free option is available from Jamendo, which boasts around 400,000 free and legal tracks for you to listen to. It’s also a wonderful place to find new, independent artists that haven’t hit the mainstream yet.
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