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What are the pros and cons of utilizing free CD burning websites?

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Some of the pros of using content from free CD burning websites include access to a wider, more eclectic collection of music. Cons include legal issues involving copyright and licensing of the music on offer.

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According to “Get New Music: Burn CD’s Off the Internet for Free,” websites such as Amazon.com’s Free Songs, Google Play, the Live Music Archive, dig.ccmixter and the Free Music Archives offer licensed music for free to download and burn to CD. For instance, to download from Amazon’s Free Songs, select an MP3, and add it to your MP3 Cart. When you complete the checkout process, the website offers you the option to download the free MP3s to your computer for burning to disk. Google Play works essentially the same way, except that users must enter or have forms of payment on file to download free music.

The Free Music Archive and the Live Music Archive offer a wide range of styles and genres, including world music and legal concert recordings. For people burning more eclectic music, digi.ccmixter offers free recordings that are also licensed to use in commercial and non-commercial projects, such as movies and video games, as long as users credit the musicians. While there are many more websites that claim to offer free, licensed music for burning, be sure the read the fine print before downloading. Besides hidden fees, some websites are fronts for music pirates.

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