How Do You Legally Download Music for Your MP3 Player?


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Download legal MP3 files by visiting a verified legal website that offers free music or by purchasing songs from a paid legal mp3 source such as iTunes. Free, legally downloaded songs are likely to be older and less popular than paid music.

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How Do You Legally Download Music for Your MP3 Player?
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Some good websites for downloading free songs include NoiseTrade, Free Music Archive and Jamendo. Jamendo also makes an Android smartphone application for searching and downloading MP3 files, which is available in the Google Play Store. Amazon.com offers both free and paid MP3 music. All music distributed by iTunes, whether within an application or from its website, is legal.

Once you have downloaded each song in the form of an MP3 file, you must access your computer's Downloads folder in order to transfer the files to your MP3 player. The details of this process vary by computer and software type, but users drag most songs from the Downloads folder into the folder showing the device’s name, if plugged into the computer.

It is important to choose legal music sources because those who engage in illegal music downloading, or music piracy, face civil and criminal penalties. Criminal penalties include imprisonment for up to five years and fines of up to $250,000, even for the first offense.

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