MP3 Music Downloads--Your Guide to Creating Personal Packages

Written by Larry Denton

MP3 music downloads have takenrepparttar music world by storm. In 2004, legal music downloads, worldwide, increased tenfold to more than 200 million. Withrepparttar 135829 ease of downloading your favorite tunes directly onto your computer and then burning your own CD, people have really acceptedrepparttar 135830 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 searchrepparttar 135831 Web for your personal favorite)--scanrepparttar 135832 inventory of songs available, selectrepparttar 135833 songs or albums you want, and click on it to download it to your computer.

Truthfully, why do people download music fromrepparttar 135834 Internet? To hear NEW music that is not available in any other form or to listen to records that have been deleted byrepparttar 135835 big label companies and are no longer available for purchase. The primary goal is not to save $5 inrepparttar 135836 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 buysrepparttar 135837 T-shirts, beer mugs or posters. Downloading music gives an opportunity torepparttar 135838 newcomers and those struggling to make it "big."

Whilerepparttar 135839 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sheds crocodile tears overrepparttar 135840 file-sharing programs they claim "rip off"repparttar 135841 recording artists,repparttar 135842 truth is, on average, a musician makes 41 cents on each CD sold. The record shops earn a couple of bucks per CD, andrepparttar 135843 greedy record companies accumulate astronomical and shameful profits.

Six Things To Know Before Joining A CD Club

Written by Deal Dude

(1) The BMG Music Club offersrepparttar best deal you'll find online, which is receiving 11 CDs forrepparttar 135736 price of shipping ($2.79 each) when you buy one CD at full club price, which is typically about $15 plus shipping. However,repparttar 135737 selection may not be as extensive as its chief competitor, Columbia House, which has many of its own exclusive artists. If you purchase onlyrepparttar 135738 minimum, you will pay just $4 per CD at BMG and about $8 per CD at Columbia House.

(2) When you joinrepparttar 135739 club, you will receive a catalog inrepparttar 135740 mail about every three weeks, along with a postcard that highlights a "featured" selection inrepparttar 135741 genre you selected when you joined (e.g., rock, country, jazz, classical, Christian, rap, pop, Latin). You must return this postcard byrepparttar 135742 due date orrepparttar 135743 club will send yourepparttar 135744 featured selection. You can now decline (or accept) your featured selection online, however, by logging into your CD club account. This makesrepparttar 135745 process much, much easier. Once you have been a member for a while, you also can callrepparttar 135746 clubs and ask them to change your membership from an "order-only" option, or from "negative option" to "positive option." This just means you won't have to returnrepparttar 135747 card.

(3) If you forget to returnrepparttar 135748 card and receive a CD you don't want,repparttar 135749 clubs are good about letting you return it. Butrepparttar 135750 beauty of this system forrepparttar 135751 clubs is that this happens often enough and many people donít bother sending it back. They just payrepparttar 135752 bill.

(4) Whenrepparttar 135753 clubs advertise in magazines or newspapers, they only list a limited selection of their available titles. If you don't seerepparttar 135754 CDs you want, visit their online sites to browse allrepparttar 135755 titles (12,000 or more) when making your selections. Then copy downrepparttar 135756 item number ofrepparttar 135757 CDs intorepparttar 135758 form. Be aware, however, that some CDs will not be available as free selections. This is often because of contractual obligations withrepparttar 135759 clubs andrepparttar 135760 artists that don't allow them to give away certain CDs. Also,repparttar 135761 clubs usually do not haverepparttar 135762 latest and greatest albums until three or six months after their release.

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