IPod Music Download Sites – Pros and Cons?

Are you thinking of purchasing a membership to an iPod music download site? While itunes is great and offers a wide variety of mp3 and movies, it is also very expensive since it is on a pay per download basis.

Many iPod music download sites takes advantage of this point and offers unlimited download for a one time charge. Here are the pros of iPod music download sites

1. Unlimited download – the obvious advantage is unlimited downloads for a period of time. Most music download sites offers life time membership so you only need pay once and can download forever.

2. Cost Savings – Over the long run, getting an iPod download site membership can save you more money than if you were to buy from itunes or a CD.

3. Wide variety of music – There are literally millions of songs you can legally download plus most iPod music download sites also offers other files for download such as TV shows, movies and even games.

4. Free software – Most iPod music download sites provides free software for you to convert songs and movies to iPod compatible mp3 and H.264 video. That’s means you do not need to spend more money purchasing video conversion software.

While there are many advantages to purchasing an iPod music download site membership, there are some points you need to take note.

1. Legality and Copyright Laws – Not all music download sites are legal. Some are fly by night sites that are scams. The files they are offering are illegal and you could be infringing copyright laws by downloading them.

2. Download Speed – Some iPod music download sites are notoriously slow when downloading files, probably because the owners decide to skimp on hosting. So even if there are million of mp3 and movies to download, I am sure you wouldn’t want to spend a couple of hours downloading mp3 and video.

3. Support – Some music download sites do not provide any support at all and this can be a problem if you have problems when using it.

Though there are disadvantages when buying an iPod music download site, I would still highly recommend anyone who download songs and videos often to buy one. You just need to be more careful when choosing an iPod music download site.

10 Tips For Free iPod Music Download

Everybody wants to have a free dinner. But it’s not possible always. However there are some ways to get that FREE. When it comes to the entertainment iPod is the new sensation and it is all in one entertainer.
We can download and watch sports events, get instant access to unlimited DVD quality movies, music videos, mp3s and many more. One can listen to them while they are traveling, taking a jog or at the gym! So every one of us like to have an iPod and feed it with our favorite songs, music, videos, games and even movies.

There is only one way to get all your favorite stuff into iPod i.e. by purchasing a membership to an iPod music download site. With iTunes one can access a wide array of music videos and movies. But the main problem with iTunes is that one has to pay per download. So for each and every song we have to pay and enjoy making the downloads quiet expensive.

It being a major limitation, iPod lovers switched to download free ipod music from the membership sites. So cashing on this limitation, many free ipod music download sites have emerged. But with the advent of many pop-up free music download sites, it is very difficult to choose the best free ipod music download site.

As an iPod lover, there are some check-list points you need to take note:

1. You should only look for free iPod music download sites that are LEGAL.

2. You should look for FAST downloads.

3. High quality digital files for your iPod

4. Check for huge database to download free iPod music videos, movies, games etc

5. Check for the latest collection of free iPod music videos.

6. Good customer support.

7. Provision of FREE software to copy and burn CDs

8. Compatible with Windows, Macintosh & AOL

9. The Free iPod music download sites should never charge fees except a one time fee of less than $40.

10. Full money-back guarantee offer.

These 10 points or tips are to be taken into consideration before signing up a Free iPod Music Download site. Then only you can enjoy the free iPod downloads without any worry and frustration.

The Arguments Regarding Illegal Music Downloads

In the UK in Feb 2011 a court case investigated the claims by two intellectual property solicitor firms, ACS:Law and MediaCat that 24 people had been illegally downloading movies and music. The individuals had been identified by their IP addresses and sent letters by the aforementioned companies claiming that they were to be pursed for illegal downloads.

Judge Birss questioned the fact that just because an IP address had been identified did it give grounds to accuse anyone related to the IP address? There are various reasons for this, one being, who said the person that owned the computer with the IP address was the one that was actually downloading copyright material?

There could have been an unsecured network so someone else could have been using the connection, I’ve seen people hanging out of their bedroom windows accessing other people’s wireless connections myself and what is to say someone did not pull up in their car and access another person’s unsecured network.

If you allow someone to borrow your internet connection and they use P2P software then download copyright material then you are not to blame for their act or are you?

Since the court case the two companies have ceased trading and investigations are taking place as to whether the accused should take action against the firms. It seems to be an increasing grey area and in order to try and create clarity the Digital Economy act which has a three strikes rule and which means that you will be contacted with warning letters or emails to say that their internet account has been found infringing copyright thought they do not enforce liability, it is a prevention and reduction measure.

This court case has highlighted how firms such as ACS:Law have chased web users with letters telling them to compensate their clients for copyright infringement when the accused have no clue as to the illegal file sharing that has been taking place.

If you want to download movies legally then there are sites which can help you do this. You pay a fee for a legal movie download or music and it does not infringe copyright. There are also places on the web where artists are happy to promote their music for free and therefore allow you to download their track or tracks for free and again this type of download is not illegal as you have the artist’s permission to do this.

Peer to Peer (P2P) download software in itself is not illegal but the way you use it can be deemed illegal. For example some P2P sites charge a subscription fee and you can then access another member’s hard drive and access their movies and download them to your PC. That is deemed illegal.

This would only be legal if the movie produced is one which is available for free legal download and part of the marketing strategy is to plug the movie on the internet for all to see for free.

The question of whether it is legal or not to download music or movies puts the web user in a difficult position if they are not thoroughly clear on how it all works.

Even if you understand copyright and recognise the copyright symbols, if the symbol or text is missing who is to say that someone has not removed it so that you believe it is free. There are a lot of illegal sites on the web that want you to infringe copyright and pretend to be legal so that you come back to their site for more.

Many people are interested in downloading free movies and music for free because it is so expensive to pay for them. They are prepared to do this illegally and infringe copyright. If that is the case then they are liable to be prosecuted. In the UK, the three strikes rule applies, where you will be warned that they know you are infringing copyright and then you have to sort out whether it was you who performed an illegal download or not.

In the USA, apart from prosecuting individuals who download illegal material, they are going for the websites which they believe are infringing copyright. The COICA (Combating online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) bill was approved in November 2010 and this means that the American Government will have the power to make websites disappear if they are believed to be promoting illegal downloads.