Sick of paying copious amounts for music downloads? Or do you hate how virus just seems to invade your computer every time you download freely? There might be a way to save you!
Music has become an expensive affair nowadays hasn’t it? iTunes charges you about 99p (and I’m not sure how many US Dollars) to purchase just one song. If you are lucky, then you might end up with a slightly decent ‘Single Of The Week’ on iTunes (which is free) or they have a selection of songs that are about a few months old for 59p. My iPod has 8GB worth of emptiness in it which translates to 2000 songs. Now if I was to pay £0.99 for 1000 songs and £0.59 for the remaining 1000 songs, then that would mean that my iPod is worth a grand total of £1580 on top of the £132 I paid for it initially, which then equates to £1712. And that includes not paying 99p for about 1000 songs and the amount I’d pay for apps to go into my iPod. Now, don’t know about you, but for me £1712 worth entertainment is a bit much. If you lose that iPod, that’s £1712 down the drain.
I must stop beating around the bush and just cut to the chase. What if you can’t afford to pay so much for a bunch of software in your iPod? Here’s the new method which is still in its fledgling stages but I’m sure soon, it will pick up popularity.
http://www.video2mp3.net/ – Video2MP3 is the new method of getting free downloads.
How does it work?
Simple – all you do is go on Youtube and copy the link of the song you wish to download. Do check that it is the right version of the song you are looking for and that the quality meets your ineffable standards. Once you’ve got the link, go to Video2MP3 and put the link in the space provided. Click the button that says ‘High Quality’ ensuring that you get the optimum, and click convert. What you should find, is that after a few seconds, it gives you a button to download the song. You click ‘Download’ and your computer should download the song. If you wish to convert another video from Youtube, click another button that says ‘Convert another video’ and repeat the process above.
Why should I bother?
There are numerous advantages to getting your music this way.
1) It’s free – you aren’t paying for anything!
2) It’s quick – it literally takes seconds (although beware, if you overuse it, the conversion part may take longer so you must know to give it a rest until you continue again).
3) No virus at all – unlike other free downloads, these files aren’t being shared around the world so you have the guarantee that no one else will have used that mp3 file before you.
4) High quality – provided you pick the right link, the quality should be pretty good.
5) Range of songs – there might be parodies you like on Youtube or maybe a remix of this song made by someone on Youtube, or maybe the song you are looking for isn’t popular enough to hit iTunes, you can get the link on Youtube and download it right away!
But, is it legal?
That is the big question. Like I said before, this new method is still in its fledgling stages and you can’t really tell if it legal or not. Technically, if you get Youtube, you are allowed to share what you find on Youtube so it makes perfect sense that you can use Youtube however you want. BUT! The copyright on the song means that you have to purchase it and you could be in trouble. If you think that you aren’t supporting your favourite artist by downloading freely this way, then you can always buy band merchandise or other T shirts and concert tickets that your artist put forth in the market.
The way I look at it, using Video2MP3 may or may not be perfectly legal but it definitely has more advantages than downloading free music off some other sites where the risk of virus and illegal downloading is high. It is better than taking that route but probably not as saintly as choosing to buy music by paying for it. Either way, the choice is yours but this method does need popularity and those who use it, seem to be satiated.
Now that you know about this method, it’s up to you to pick this new way of new music.