MP3 Music Downloads--Your Guide to Creating Personal Packages

Written by Larry Denton

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While downloading music is easy and legal--so long as you follow all copyright laws--there are some concerns of which you should be aware. Make sure your MP3 music downloads are not filled with hidden programs that will ruin your music experience, and invade your privacy as well.

For example, spyware is nearly always present in MP3 freeware and shareware downloads. The spyware gathers information and monitors your computer activities without your knowledge. This unscrupulous use ofrepparttar Internet has resulted in thousands of innocent users being victims of identity theft and fraud.

Secondly, adware (a form of unsolicited spyware that sends advertising directly to your computer) is also contained in many of these MP3 download networks. Your computer will be saturated with unwanted and intrusive ads.

Also prevalent onrepparttar 135829 MP3 networks is pornography. Be very alert torepparttar 135830 fact that porn distributors disguise there software asrepparttar 135831 latest "free" MP3 download or game demonstration to redirect your computer to their sites.

Finally, be aware of "spoofing." Spoofing occurs when download networks are filled with fake music files. For instance, you download what you think is a popular song, but all you get isrepparttar 135832 same ten seconds ofrepparttar 135833 song over and over again.

In your search forrepparttar 135834 best downloadable MP3 sites, and to create your own music library of your personal favorites, be very selective ofrepparttar 135835 sites you use. Probablyrepparttar 135836 best known site is, but there are literally hundreds of other sites such as, Glide Magazine, SoundShelf and that offer free MP3 downloads.

Inrepparttar 135837 pay for music subscription services, two ofrepparttar 135838 best are probably EMusic and Apple's iTunes Music Store, but again there are hundreds of other options.

By downloading your favorite songs and burning them on to CD, you can truly create your own personal library. Download away, turn uprepparttar 135839 volume, and sing along!

Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a dorm room full of tips, resources and suggestions about MP3 downloads, visit

Six Things To Know Before Joining A CD Club

Written by Deal Dude

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(5) The clubs press their own CDs (which is one large reason they can make money practically giving away discs), and some people feel this makes them inferior torepparttar CDs you would buy in a store. But if you can hear a difference between a store-bought CD and a CD club disc, you have a better ear than most humans. The only difference you will see is a small label onrepparttar 135736 back ofrepparttar 135737 CD packaging that indicates it was manufactured by a club.

(6) The clubs no longer have toll-free customer service numbers, sorepparttar 135738 best way to contact them is by email. Always include your account number. If you want to cancel your account after you have fulfilled your membership requirements, you can write "Please cancel my membership" on your featured selection card. The contact numbers and customer service email are listed in your catalog each month.

The Deal Dude has enjoyed a lot of cheap music as a member of both BMG and Columbia House. You can read more about the clubs and their history at by searching for keyword "cd clubs." Copyright 2005 cc Media, Inc.

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