I have access to a seemingly endless supply of music I can download from the internet for free, and so do you! How do I do it? By these simple steps:
1. Make sure you have anti-virus software installed on your PC, (an absolute must for any Windows machine), that it is up to date, and that it is running.
2. This step is optional, but I go to Wikipedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org), to look up the records/CDs/albums of an artist I’m interested in. For example, I’m old enough to still have an interest in Alice Cooper, so I type “Alice Cooper discography” in the search box, and hit enter. Wikipedia gives me a list of all the Alice Cooper albums. I can click on “Pretties for You”, and Wikipedia will display a track listing of all the songs on that album.
3. Once I know what Alice Cooper song I am interested in, I go to YouTube, (you don’t really need a link for that, do you?), and type in, for example, “Alice Cooper Titanic Overture”, (just the words, not the quotes!). In most cases good old YouTube will return several videos which are basically uploads of that song. Yes, sometimes you won’t find a song you want. I haven’t been able to locate all the songs from Les Dudek’s first album yet, but maybe someday they’ll show up.
4. After listening to several versions of the song, decide which one you want. In my example, I chose a version that combined the first two songs, “Titanic Overture” and “10 Minutes Before the Worm”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSks0jw1L-U . Now I need to use some software to convert the audio portion of the YouTube video to an MP3 file. The best way I’ve found to do this right now, (right now being December/2015), is to open another tab/browser window, and type in this url: http://www.youtube-mp3.org/ .
5. Hopefully the YouTube MP3 screen is self-explanatory. You copy your link from your YouTube tab/browser window into the box, and click the Convert Video button. Once it is converted, you’ll see a Download link. Click that, and your new MP3 file will be downloaded to whatever directory your have your browser set to store downloads into.
That’s it! Okay, it can be a bit tedious to download all the songs on an album this way, but it is free.
“Hey, isn’t it unethical to download music this way? What about the Recording Industry Association of America?”
First off, the RIAA as an organization has about the same ethics as, well, a herd of hungry lawyers. They are attempting to stifle technology to keep their outdated business model viable. You, the consumer, ultimately suffer for their legal shenanigans. But you don’t have to agree with me. You can always buy the MP3 versions of “Titanic Overture” and “10 Minutes Before the Worm” on Amazon, for a dollar each. (Technically $.99, but who’s going to quibble about a penny?)
If the RIAA had any sense, (which they don’t!), they would be embracing the new technology instead of attempting to suppress it. How about charging folks a small fee, say five or ten cents, to download a song instead of a $.99? Or selling 25 downloads for a dollar? With their considerable inventory, record companies could put together websites where we could easily search for music we like, and cheaply download entire albums with much less effort than the process I’ve explained here. They would have a passive income source, and I would have a much better opinion of the recording industry.
Originally published by us at FullofKnowledge.