MP3 music downloads have taken music world by storm. In 2004, legal music downloads, worldwide, increased tenfold to more than 200 million. With ease of downloading your favorite tunes directly onto your computer and then burning your own CD, people have really accepted MP3 format for music downloads.
MP3 music downloads work very simply. Find a site that offers MP3 music downloads--there are hundreds of sites offering free music and there are subscription sites available as well (just search Web for your personal favorite)--scan inventory of songs available, select songs or albums you want, and click on it to download it to your computer.
Truthfully, why do people download music from Internet? To hear NEW music that is not available in any other form or to listen to records that have been deleted by big label companies and are no longer available for purchase. The primary goal is not to save $5 in used CD bin at your local record shop, but to hear music they simply can not find any place else. And let's face it--most people don't want to spend $17.95 to experiment on a CD they may not like or a CD that has only one good track.
Who gets hurt by Internet downloads. Besides a very few super-stars like Celine Dion, not many. In fact most artists actually benefit. The primary way that an artist becomes famous and successful is through exposure. Without exposure, no one buys tickets to concerts, no one buys CDs, no one buys T-shirts, beer mugs or posters. Downloading music gives an opportunity to newcomers and those struggling to make it "big."
While Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sheds crocodile tears over file-sharing programs they claim "rip off" recording artists, truth is, on average, a musician makes 41 cents on each CD sold. The record shops earn a couple of bucks per CD, and greedy record companies accumulate astronomical and shameful profits.