Downloading Music Online

Updated on March 18, 2009
D.A. asks from Fort Myers Beach, FL
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Can anyone tell me what is a good and safe website for teens to download music

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Thank you for the information. My teen was downloading music from Livewire and it really messed up our computer ( he doesn't use my computer for this ). The computer geeks that helped us fix our computer said it was from this website. But once you download from them you can't get it off of your computer. We told him that he couldn't go on there anymore but he is now searching for a better alternative. Our teen doesn't work and we are not going to pay for him to download music. I've tried to explain to him that unless he pays for a music card, basically he is stealing the music from these websites. He doesn't get it! Everyone else does it....
Thanks, guess I'll do some research on my own too.

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answers from Tampa on

For mp3's is a great and cheap download site. Songs are 20 cents each, or an entire album for $1.98!



answers from Sarasota on

What do you mean by safe? If you are looking for a service that is more or less regulated (you actually get what you intended to download), then you have to go with something like iTunes. This means you have to pay for the music. If you are looking for freebies, then you are taking more chances as the files for download are contributed by regular people instead of the music/movie industry and sometimes you do not get what you intended to download. Also, your teens will have access to much more than just music or officially released movies. My husband likes Bit Torrent, but there are many others as well that fall into this category.

If you are worried about whether or not your files on your computer are safe, then what you need to do is make sure the folder that is being "shared" has nothing in it but what your teens have downloaded. When you see or read about instances where people's personal files are being inadvertantly shared online (tax documents, etc), it is because they are not careful as to what folder is being shared on their computer. They just put everything in My Documents and then share that folder. It is not the fault of the software or service, it is the user that is not paying attention. You can indicate what folder is shared in your setup for any of the download services/software. You just need to take the time to read the directions and set things up properly.

How do I know all this? My husband is a software engineer that used to work for a company that produced software to download music and movie files online. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me via a personal message. I encourage you to do a search on Google to find different services/software and then read through their material. If you still have questions on them, contact me.



answers from Kansas City on

I only use iTunes. You can control their spending by only using the iTunes gift cards which are available at WalMart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc. No credit card is required to sign up... only an email address, which they probably have anyway.

Hope that helps. iTunes is compatible with all the iPods and probably most other MP3 players.



answers from Fort Myers on

iTunes- its not free, but it is LEGAL most importantly and its safe



answers from Tampa on

I use Acquistions to download music and have never had a problem but I also have a mac laptop. I have friends that use umule.

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