What Are the Music Download Sites?

Most people in the west have some sort of mp3 player nowadays and the vast majority of them are iPods. Once you have an iPod the question is where to download the media files to fill it? First you need to decide what kind of media files you are looking for. All players will play music files but many will also play video and some will even display text although perhaps you’d be better getting a kindle for that. The first music download site many people look to is iTunes, whilst this is certainly an easy option it may not always be the best. iTunes can often be expensive and it doesn’t always have the music you want on it. Did you know that iTunes only just gained the rights to sell Beatles records in November 2010!

So we established that iTunes isn’t necessarily the best place to go so where is better? Well first off we need to consider the type of format you want to download. For music the classic format is mp3, this is based on an audio data compression algorithm which was first developed by Ernst Terhardt. This takes advantage of a perception limitation in human hearing discovered in 1894. Modern mp3′s first appeared in 1995 they rapidly became massively popular due to their small size, this made them easy to share on the internet. The first major site distributing these files was Napster however this distributed them for free illegally and was quickly shut down it now sells music to download legally.

If you want to download videos then the most commonly used format nowadays is mpeg-2. iPods however use mpeg-4 this format was introduced in late 1998 and contains many of the elements of the previous mpeg formats. Most sites which allow you to download mp3s also allow you to download mpeg-2s but the mpeg-4s you need to run on an iPod can sometimes be a bit harder to find although this is improving. One valid option is to acquire a video encoder these can often be picked up for a reasonable price.

So now you’re a bit clearer about what you want to download it’s time to look at the places you can find to download it. There are a lot of fantastic music download sites out there on the web such as eMusic, Zune marketplace and of course iTunes. Most of these sites offer some sort of free deal to get you to sign up. My advice is to take advantage of all these free deals then you can get a large amount of music for free completely legally.