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Free Music Downloads

If you had to make a choice between unlimited free music downloads for a fixed price and paying for each download, you would expect most people to choose the unlimited downloads for a fixed fee option.

In today�s market there are many popping up every day offering free downloads of music and videos. Some of these services can require you to open up your computer for others to download. This is known as peer-to-peer (or P2P) file sharing and does carry a few risks you should be aware of. The main thing to keep in mind is that you should only allow access to directories containing files you are happy for others to download from you.

The best example of files you might not want others to download from you include your work, which is most likely made up mainly of Microsoft Word documents. If you select the � shareall files� option then these files will be available to other. Anything on your computer is fair game if you allow it. After all, the software does not know what files you do and don�t want to share with the world. It can make an informed guess when you install it but it is up to you to make sure it is configured correctly and not sharing sensitive files.

Sharing files you consider private could create some very awkward situations and other problems for you. For example, it may not just be your private files that you are sharing. Many people have work files on their computer that are meant only for internal use within the company. If a competitor got hold of it through file sharing, you�re boss wouldn�t be best pleased. There could also be legal implications in such a situation.

Therefore always make sure you are only sharing the files and folders that you are happy for others to access. It is your responsibility to secure your computer and make sure the software is configured correctly. If you are at all unsure, ask for help. If the download provider has a support team, get in touch with them.

Once you have installed the software and configured it, you are ready to start downloading. For the most part, downloading is very easy. Just like a regular search engine, you enter one or more keywords to perform a search. This will return a number of results and you select the one you would like to download. The main problem you are likely to encounter is choosing the right one, as there are usually a lot of different options!

Although you need no experience to download music, you need to be aware of the speed you are downloading at, which is mainly determined by how many hosts are sharing that particular file. Downloading from high speed users on DSL, cable, or even T1/3 will allow you to download at a much higher speed than if you�re downloading from dial-up users. However dial-up is becoming less common and most users are now on broadband. This is good for everyone.

Most services return the best / most popular downloads at the top of the results, usually with a rating as to the quality and completion rate of that file. Another statistic you�re likely to be given is the file size. A larger audio file will usually be of better quality but will take longer to download, all things being equal. If there are a lot of larger files but only a handful of smaller files, it may be that they are corrupt or incomplete. You will learn to spot these the more you use the service. They will not harm your computer. It�s just the time you waste downloading them that can make it annoying!

With new technology becoming available almost daily, there can be no doubt that we will see new free music download service becoming available. Just like when buying a new car or computer, you can always wait for the next new technology but the best way to get involved is to just take the plunge and go for it!

Downloading music can be very enjoyable, and what better way to do it than for free!