The Sounds of Music--A Guide to Free Music Downloads.Written by Larry Denton
The download revolution is in full gear! In 2004, legal song downloads increased tenfold to more than 200 million worldwide. According to some projections, downloads will account for a quarter of record company sales by 2009. There are now over 240 million users trading MP3s, videos, software, and games on legal file-sharing networks. You can, for example, legally download music from over 850 different bands, over 20,000 live concerts as well as have access to multiple software titles and games. File sharing is not illegal so long as you follow all relevant copyright laws. Sharing copyrighted material without permission to do so IS illegal.
As Janis Ian said in a live radio interview, "The Internet and downloading are here to stay. . . Anyone who thinks otherwise should prepare themselves to end up on slagheap of history." Although strongly opposed by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), downloading has become a way of life for most music lovers. Rather than resist this change, music industry should be rejoicing at a new technological advance with ability to "push" their product. Here is a fool-proof method to deliver music to millions of people who might not otherwise purchase a CD in a store. It's instantaneous, costs are minimal, shipping non-existent--in short, a staggering vehicle for higher earnings and lower costs.
The music industry had exactly same hysterical reaction to advent of reel-to-reel home tape recorders, cassettes, minidiscs, VHS, BETA, music videos, MTV, and a host of other technological advances designed to make consumer's life easier and better. And rather than spend billions of dollars and countless years in courtroom battles over inane copyright laws, music business should embrace downloading and reap benefits of free exposure for artists.
Realistically, why do most people download music? To hear NEW music, or listen to records that have been deleted and are no longer available for purchase. The goal is not to avoid paying $5 at local used CD store, or taping it off radio, but to hear music they simply can't find anywhere else. Face it--most people cannot afford to spend $17.95 to experiment on music they may not want.
Who gets hurt by free downloads? Aside from a handful of super-stars like Celine Dion, not many. The artists only benefit. The primary way an artist becomes successful is through exposure. Without exposure, no one comes to concerts, no one buys CDs, no one buys T-shirts or posters. Free downloading gives a chance to every do-it-yourselfer and garage band out there.
Casino Gambling Tips for Online GamblingWritten by Tom Howze
Casino gambling tips for Internet are good to know because betting at an online casino is a little different from a land based casino. For one when playing slots, how can you tell if odds online are good or not? Do you know what casino requires for play before cashing out winnings? When selecting to play over Internet for first time you should keep following in mind:
Read payout percentage reports for best odds
PriceWaterhouseCoopers is prominent accountant in field of analyzing game odds for online casinos. These can be viewed for separate casinos by scrolling to bottom and clicking on PriceWaterhouseCoopers logo. You may have to click on report to enlarge it, but there you can see percentages for slots, table games and other areas in which casino has games. There are reports for each month of operation and if slots are 96% and above, these odds are better than in Las Vegas. Another firm is The Online Players Association that performs same auditing and checks.
Terms and Conditions
All casinos are different and one thing that separates them is Terms and Conditions for which they operate. Here you can find out details for cashing out if you take them up on bonuses. Some will give you a high percentage bonus, but may want 25X play before you cash out. Unless these are games that you love to play you may want to find somewhere else to take your chances. Reviewing this policy can help