Free Music for Ipods
Yes, is the short answer. However the word free conjures up all sorts of interpretations which includes something that you don't have to pay for and is as good as the paid article - which we all know is rarely the case!
Music downloads that are free are easy to find all you have to do is go to your favourite search engine and type in 'free music download sites' and you will find over 33 million web pages with reference to that search term. With that number of websites you could spend a lifetime and possibly still not find what you want.
You might think that with 33 million pages it would be a breeze to find a free download site - but you are sadly mistaken. The reason for this is that at least 99% of those pages are rubbish. I know this is a harsh term to use but there are a lot of dangers in downloading from some of these sites, which I will go into a little later.
Free Song Downloads for Ipod
Some of you reading this article will already be aware of what I am going to talk about so please be patient as there are others who will need to know what pitfalls are out there.
The 'free music download site' providers do so by providing files over a file sharing network, commonly known as P2P (peer to peer). The way this simply works is to think of multiple users online at the same time uploading and downloading and 'you' tap into that 'file flow' - I have tried to keep this simple but it can get more complicated! Hopefully you get the picture now.
As you can imagine there are limitations to this - you can only access what is being 'shared' at that moment so you may get free music but not the songs you want!
The most important consideration here though is the motive for these site operators or file sharers. Many are benign but most are not. Many contributors to a network may be budding musicians looking for an audience and perhaps that elusive break to stardom, many are just sharing music they love but unfortunately many contributors have ulterior motives. Unfortunately many of these people use these portals to infect your computer with viruses and spyware - it can be a bit of 'sport' for them! (So don't become a willing victim!)
The last thing I will point out about many of these P2P sites is the quality sucks. If you've ever used them you will find broken links (songs that only partly download), download speed is often very slow, you may not find the tunes you are looking for and worst of all you may end up getting a virus or Trojan - need I say more!
Free Song Downloads for Ipod
There are however, some sites that do provide a relatively safe environment to get free downloads these include Kazaa and Limewire - they are good sites but offer a limited choice (more current songs than older songs) and download speeds are slow.
If you're getting a bit dejected here there is a 'half way house solution". This comes in the form of unlimited download sites that are specifically tailored for iPods.
I'm mentioning this because while they are not free, usually no more than $40 for a lifetime membership they provide incredibly good value.
If you are wondering what they are let me briefly explain. An iPod music downloads site is effectively a membership to a database where you can download music from. The music (and music videos, games and even TV shows) are sourced from the P2P networks that I mentioned earlier but the 'major difference' is that these guys have sourced the files from 'clean' sites where the quality is excellent, there are no broken links, no viruses and huge choice simply because the files have been put into a 'database' - so it's a 'win-win' situation. You're effectively getting free music after paying for a membership.