Let's face it, the majority of today's youth over the age of 12
know how to manipulate a computer better than their parents. They are also much more knowledgeable in technology in
general; be it the latest cell phone or the newest mp3 player out in the stores. What is mp3 ? That is a question
you will hear most often from parents when talking about the subject. They may have heard of the ever-popular iPod,
but do they even know what it looks like ?
It is estimated that by 2013 there will be approximately 315
million mp3 players in circulation. That is astronomical ! Mp3 is basically a musical format which is compressed
whilst retaining the quality of the sound. It isn't the only format in existence, but is the most recognized. You
also have WMA (Windows Media Audio - used by Windows Media Player), AAC (encoding technique employed by Apple),
ATRAC (used by Sony), and a few others. Some mp3 players will not play WMA files, for example. There are ways of
getting around this but it usually involves some illegal manipulation of the music files. WMA files can only be
played and copied for a limited number of times.
With internal capacities of up to 60 gigabytes (approximately
30,000 songs), today's digital music players are in hot demand. Almost every teenager has one. People are willing
to spend over $400 to get their hands on the latest gadgets capable of storing an unprecedented number of songs
(and other media files such as videos and pictures). How do you transfer this media onto your newly-acquired mp3
player ? Scores of people are still downloading music illegally on the internet, infringing copyright laws. Others
download their music legally.
With Rhapsody, for example, one has the possibility of browsing
their entire catalog of over 2 million songs and creating a personalized playlist. You can listen to the songs
as many times as you wish.
Using the legal music downloading services such as the
aforementioned ones is a far better option for you the consumer, and your PC ! The RIAA is actively pursuing
file-sharers (illegal music downloads) and serving them with lawsuits. Just like the AIDS virus, the RIAA doesn't
discriminate. They once sued a 12-year old girl for sharing copyrighted music online. Nobody is immune.
Another downside to downloading music illegally is that you are
also downloading hundreds of viruses that can cripple your PC. They hide themselves within the music files and then
attack your browser or registry.
You are better off paying less than $15 per month and download
your music legally, than have to bear the embarrassment of a lawsuit, or having to purchase a new computer because
a bunch of viruses have rendered it useless.
Download Music Legally