Tips on Downloading Music to Your IPhone Without Spending a Lot of Money

For many iPhone enthusiasts, ability to download their favorite musics to their iPhones cheaply or even freely is one of the top priorities. If you do own an iPhone, I am sure you too have been trying to figure out how to download your favorite musics in the most cost-effective way.

I see there are many iPhone users who spend a lot of money in those pay per track music download websites. If you are downloading music to your iPhone from such websites on a regular basis, you may want to sit down and calculate the amount of money you spend over a year. You may be shocked to find out that your music download expenses can even get you another brand new iPhone.

You can forget about those pay per track music download websites and peer-to-peer (P2P) illegal music download networks. Here are some of the best ways you can download music to your iPhone without having to spend a lot of money; or even for free in some cases.

If you have a lot of existing CDs, the first thing you should do is to convert all your favorite songs into the MP3 format. You can use iTunes – a proprietary digital media player application by Apple – to rip audio CDs to MP3 format. The iTunes application can run on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. This way, you can have all your favorite albums imported to your iPhone without paying a dime. This was what I did when I first got my iPhone.

Besides playing and organizing digital music files, you can also use iTunes to connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, games, various podcasts, Movie Rentals and Ringtones (available only in the USA).

Visit the iTunes store on a regular basis as they often have free music available for download. In most cases, the featured artist will have a few music tracks available for download at no cost at all. There are many other large music download websites offer freebies for new members. You can take advantage of this offer by simply registering as a member for free.

Subscribing to a one-time annual fee site that offers unlimited music downloads is also a good idea. This way, you will be able to download all your favorite musics to your heart’s content for the entire year. The annual subscription fee typically costs about $20, it is a lot more cost-effective as compared to pay per track music download websites.

These are just few tips on how to download music to your iPhone legally, freely or at minimal cost. Don’t cultivate the habit of downloading music to your iPhone illegally as this may get you into trouble with the law. Also, your iPhone can get infected with computer viruses or malicious spyware if you download stuffs from illegal sites.

Downloadable Music From Indie Artists – Should You Allow Free Downloads of Your Music?

As an independent artist trying to gain exposure for your project, create some awareness and enthusiasm for your band, but also trying to make a living with your music at the same time you may wonder — Is it is a good idea to provide a free download of one of your songs online for fans and/or potential fans?

There are a couple different patterns of thought on this throughout the music industry. To some it still remains a controversial issue, others may tell you it is a no-brainer. Here is a brief summary of the pros and cons to allowing at least one of your songs from a full length or EP-CD, or a single to be downloaded online for free.

Pros to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are giving your current fan base a way to interact and spread the word about your music
* You are offering a gift of appreciation to your current fans
* You are providing an enticement for current fans and potential fans to purchase the entire album once they have had a taste of your single
* It can be a great promotional tool. You can get setup with promotional postcards to give away at shows which have a promotional code. The fan is directed to a website where they punch in the code and get their free download. This way they really feel like they are getting something of value for free.

Sure, you can always offer fully streaming music which allows fans to listen to entire songs without downloading it to their hard-drive or iPod, which will entice them but by giving them a free download you are actually offering them more of a token of appreciation and you are opening a lot of doors with new fans. Whether you know it or not, no matter how encrypted or non-downloadable you think a track may be, it does not take someone who is very tech-savvy to be able to clip it anyway.

Cons to Allowing a Free Download:

* You are losing revenue for each free download
* You are losing potential revenue for each person the original person who downloaded your song shares the file with.
* That’s about the only con —-

So you have to weigh the two to figure out if it makes sense to offer a free song download. Obviously it does not make sense to offer an entire record for free download. Kind of defeats the purpose of trying to sell records, or does it?

I believe the greater majority of music industry labels, managers, and publicists, will tell you that it probably can’t hurt to offer a free download once in a while. You may want to offer it on a limited basis in the course of initial promotion so that you do not lose revenue on a consistent basis. The choice is ultimately yours of course – but again – once in a while should not hurt sales and could potentially increase them in the long run.

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How to Download Music Online without Hurting Your Wallets

Let us face it. Music lovers normally own many CDs, download music online and will not stop buying music. That is why the music industry has always been vibrant and new singers are born, and new songs are written. The trouble is music lovers have an insatiable desire for new music all the time and it can be really painful on the wallets and the credit cards if you are building a music library. Ask a teen how many songs he or she has in the collection and chances are there are at least a few hundreds and they are still downloading music online everyday. Imagine paying $1 for each piece of music they download online. Is there a way to download music online without hurting your wallet?

There are tons of music online stores nowadays. Ever since music becomes downloadable online, more and more are going to these stores to download music online. Trouble is many kids and teens are downloading music from free places. It is great news for parents who are paying the bills for our kids’ needs every month. But there is no free lunch really.

Downloading from free sites would expose your computer to unnecessary harmful attacks by viruses and malware like adware and spyware. The damage may be light and only your computer speed is slowed down because of the drain the malware is putting on your computer resources. In worst case scenarios, your computer hardware suffers from permanent damage and you lose all your important documents and information.

For those who are downloading music online from free resources, be prepared for slow download speeds as well. Some of the online sites that offer free music downloads crash quite often or hang up on you because there are way too many freebie seekers downloading at the same time. Save yourselves the trouble and frustration by using online music download sites that offer paid services.

Music stores like Rhapsody and AOL are great places to download music online since they offer monthly subscription packages which are cheaper than those pay-per-download stores. If that is still too expensive for you, why not consider the new batch of online music download sites that offer unlimited music downloads for a lifetime fee? In other words, for a one time membership fee, you get to download unlimited music and songs from the music site as long as you wish even if it is 3 in the morning.

Such online music download stores offer a wide selection of the latest music from record labels and also keep a good stock of oldies. So it does not matter what brand of music you are looking for, as there is a high chance you can find it. If you are unsure, check with the music site. For a price that ranges from $30 to $50, you can download all the music media files in the collection which is in the range of millions. Teens and young adults love this since they are a tech-savvy lot who want more options without having to pay big bucks.

While it sounds great to download music online from these sites, there are many factors you have to consider when selecting the ideal site for unlimited music downloads. If this looks complicated, find out how you can simplify the whole process as you learn more from my music blog.