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Free Music Download

By Johan Lichtenstein

The age of technology brings many wonderful gifts, among them access to a plethora of music. You can search, download and play music of any genre from the convenience of your computer. If you are not entirely computer literate it's easy to feel lost on the world wide web. Even if you're savvy, finding exactly what you need can be a time consuming task. "Free Music download" is a simple resource meant to illuminate the world of downloadable music.

  • Music download - what is it?
  • Music download - how does it work?
  • Music download - what about copyrights?
  • Music download sites
  • Free music download - is it really free?
  • Are there free Arabic music download sites?

    Music download - what is it?


    A song is saved as a file on a server. A server is a computer connected to the internet that is accessible to internet users. Thus the song file is available for download. Download means that you transfer the file from the server to your computer. To utilize music downloads you need a computer, internet connection and music player software. Most computers come with music player software, such as, Windows Media Player, Music Match, Quick Time...

    Music download - how does it work?


    1. You download music using your web-browser (the software you use to surf the internet). No additional software is required.

    OR

    2. You download music using special software that music download sites provide.

    Music download - what about copyrights?


    Whether you patronize a free or pay website the same rules apply as if you had purchased a physical recording of the music, it's for your personal use only.

    Music download sites


    There are numerous websites that provide music downloads, for example Amazon. The player below is from Amazon.com. It offers you the opportunity to play excerpts of every song on the album "The Essence of Bellydance", free of charge. You don't have to sign up, create an account, or give any information about yourself, just hit the play button and listen.

    Of course Amazon would like to make a sale and toward this end they provide a small "buy mp3" button in the player that allows the consumer to buy the entire track, if they wish.

    This 'try before you buy' process is the same as if you went to the store and listened to tracks on a CD to determine if you wanted to buy it. Except, in this instance you get to do it from the convenience of your computer.

    Free music download - is it really free?


    Sample clips, as shown in the the player above, are free. Some sites offer free music samples - a group of songs in entirety that are available for free download - but access to other music on the site requires a monthly fee, member's fee or pay per download.

    Are there free Arabic music download sites?


    Mazika - www.mazika.com - Arabic free music download site.
    The ultimate source for Arabic music on the internet, where you can download the latest Arabic music audio and video in your favorite formats.

    4Arabs Music - http://www.4arabs.com/music/ - Arabic free music download site.
    They have over 1000 full length songs and over 150 different singers. You get to listen to all new & old songs, such as, Rai Music, Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian, Palestinian and more.