Is it Possible to Download Music Legally Anymore?Written by Jeff Schuman II
Is it Possible to Download Music Legally Anymore? © Jeff Schuman II http://www.best-mp3-music-downloads.com
Throughout past few years downloading music on internet has increased in popularity. At same time though, it has become illegal through many companies to download music as musicians and artists have been losing money on their CD sales. With many people being sued in past couple years for downloading music, is it really possible to download music legally anymore? If so, at what price will it cost you to download music?
As music sites such as Napster and Kazaa and many more have attempted to create sites to download music for free, they have just increased problem that much more. Some of users of these programs have learned hard way that music does not come free, as they were sued for illegally downloading music.
Today there are many sites in which you can download music at where they claim it is 100% legal. The latest music file formats used are Windows® Media (WMA), Advanced Acoustic Coding (AAC) and Atrac 3, and are very popular as it increases sound quality making it closer to an actual CD bought in stores. Another great advantage is that many sites such as SonicSelector Service on MSN allow you to preview music before buying it. Many sites today also offer a three-day trial of their music downloading site, and then after that you will have to begin paying a monthly fee. So it is possible to download music legally online, but at what cost?
Pressplay.com offers unlimited music for a price of $9.95 per month and then you also have to install software from their site. The downloaded music is non-burnable and once your subscription runs out you no longer have access to any of your songs. Rhapsody at listen.com also charges $9.95 per month for non-burnable music, but instead of downloading music you download a music player that gives you access to songs.
Know the OddsWritten by Karla Dalton
In casino, each game has different odds. This means that you are more likely to win some games than others. Knowing odds, therefore, is very important if you want to maximize your chances of winning. We assume for purposes of this article that each game is fair, and that you employ no 'card counting' strategies. This will allow us to work out 'expectancy' of each game - i.e. percentage chance of winning or losing.
Let's start with Baccarat, a game that superficially looks like Blackjack. Over a long run, for every $100 you bet, you can expect to recover only $98 in winnings. This means Baccarat has a negative expectancy of 1.2%. Is this good or bad? Let's compare to Blackjack itself (single deck only).
For every $100 you bet, on Black Jack you can expect a return of between $94 and $101.50. This gives an expectancy of between -6% and +1.5% so as you can see, it is definitely possible to make a positive return on Black Jack. This is particularly interesting when you compare it to Caribbean Stud Poker, where for every $100 bet, you can only realistically expect to get between $95 and $97.40 back - a negative expectancy of between -5.2% and -2.6%. Fortunately, NOBODY plays poker 'fairly', so odds in this case are less than useful.
If we move on to other games, picture is similar. On Craps, $100 bet over long term will win you between $87 and $99.40 bucks - pretty good compared to some games! Keno tends to be a VERY bad bet, losing on average $27 out of every $100 bet, a negative return of -27% and reason why only complete newbies play it. In fact, only gamble worse than Keno is Lottery, which tends to return only 50% of money you gamble. The lottery for this reaosn, is often called 'dumb tax', and playing it without a system of some kind is downright silly.