8 Ways To Buy Cheap (Or Free) Music

Let’s face it, we are in a recession that probably won’t be over for another two years. We have to find ways to get music from our favorite bands without stealing it. Although, some labels will probably be pissed at me for making this list because some of the ways could be considered “stealing” in their eyes. Again, we’re in a freakin’ recession!

Here are 8 Ways to Buy Cheap Music (or get it for FREE):

1. Download MP3’s instead of buying CDs. Most online retailers sell music for less if you just buy the download and not the actual CD. After all, the labels aren’t paying for the manufacturing and shipping of the actual music in this way. It’s only fair that you get the discount.

Amazon’s MP3 Page has daily, weekly and monthly specials with full albums going for $5 (including new releases). This is a must site for checking daily deals.

Shop at the iTunes Music Store. This is a no-brainer but make sure you check out the front page to see what deals are going on. Also, don’t forget to make the home page genre-specific to the music you like. It will help you find deals of bands you actually like.

2. Use Ebates.com. Chances are that you’re already buying music off Amazon and iTunes. With Ebates, you get money back for going through their site to buy from Amazon, iTunes or any other online retailer. Not only would you get that new release off of Amazon for $5, you will get cash back for going through Ebates. It’s FREE to register too! (I got a $36 check from Ebates last week for my purchases.)

3. Go to the library – What? Are you serious? Damn straight I am. You can go to your local library, get a free library card and checkout up to 10 CDs a day (at least here in Phoenix). Whatever you allegedly do with those CDs (burn them) is not my business. New releases come out every week. I have personally checked out CDs from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Norma Jean, Tori Amos, Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat World, The Format and countless others. Yes, your local library does have “cool” music too.

4. Buy from independent record stores then sell them back. This is my favorite. Not only can you get lower priced new CDs (usually used CD stores carry new releases for less than other stores) at your local indie record store (find one near you here) but you can sell them right back to them when you’re done with them. And if you’re smart, you’ll opt for the store credit instead of taking cash because you’ll get a lot more back. The biggest store in the Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas areas are the Zia Records stores (pictured above).

You can also buy really cheap used CDs from Goodwill or Salvation Army stores. Yes, you can find brand new CDs for.50 cents to $2. Oftentimes, you can sell them to your local indie store for more than you paid for them (did I say that?).

5. Use eBay.com Most CDs that weren’t released during the current year can be bought for $3.01. Why $3.01? Most eBay sellers charge $3 to ship CDs (don’t buy from anyone that charges more) and you can win the auction for under.99 cents most of the time or even a penny. DO NOT BID ON THE ITEM YOURSELF. Use a sniper program called Gixen.com. It’s 100% free to use and it will place your bid on any item within seconds of the closing time. This keeps you and others from outbidding each other and paying more than you should. I’ve won soooo many auctions with this program and I walked away with the CD for under.25 cents. Yes, you might lose sometimes but who cares. That same CD is somewhere else on eBay for you to bid on.

Another great benefit of eBay is that people sell their iTunes, Amazon, Best Buy and Target gift cards. You can bid on those gift cards for a lot less than face value and save a lot of money on buying music. Again, I would use Gixen.com.

You can also search Craigslist.com for people trying to sell their gift cards for cash. I’ve seen some on there as well.

6. Buy music at the band’s concert. This is probably the most beneficial to all parties. You can buy a cheaper priced CD, help the band, help the label and do it all legally. Everyone wins! Hell, if you play your cards right, you can flirt your way to a free CD.

7. Start your own music blog. That’s right. Start a legitimate music blog and email labels to get on their press list. Before you know it, you’ll have a desk overflowing with free CDs and other materials from labels. The record label will do their research to see if you have a legit site but you actually don’t have to have many visitors. I’ve seen sites with less than 200 visitors a month get promo CDs. Why? The labels don’t really pay for all those free promo CDs – the bands do. It’s a part of most band’s contracts (even if they don’t know it).

But one thing I DO NOT suggest you do is sell those promo CDs online or to independent record stores. Even though it is legal to do so, you will burn bridges and it won’t look good. Keep your promo CDs for yourself and never sell them anywhere. Also, some of those promo CDs are watermarked which means that CD can be traced back to you! If it gets all over the internet because you loaned it out or sold it, you’re in trouble with the law.

8. Buy CDs directly off the band’s website. This is another way to benefit everyone involved and buy lower priced CDs. The only thing you have to worry about is shipping so buy the MP3 download off the band’s website.

There you have it. I’ve used all the methods above and continue to. Enjoy!

Get Set, Go With Free Music Downloads

Offering young consumers an easy- to-use alternative to pirated music sites is compelling. Still, given the fragmentation of the digital music business – there are hundreds of them who are willing to offer cost-free music. Analysts believed that this new offering would help further booming of the music industry.

While the music industry for years thought of offering free music downloads, rampant online piracy has created the need to experiment with new digital business models. The growth of online advertising has encouraged industry executives, and the advertisers are supporting music services so as to win consumer acceptance, while still the record companies and artists are still compensating somewhere down the line.

Few service providers are currently in a position to provide the large audiences the variety that all the music addicts would love to, with the power of advertising revenue by their side. This is certainly being pitched as a challenge to the piracy world and probably an answer to the world of piracy. It was a very memorable moment or, at least, for the sake of true music lovers when different companies decided to offer downloadable music.

After more than a decade of neither publicly affirming nor denying, music buffs have finally gone online and are engaged in downloading movies, songs, etc. One can also download music tracks of your choice and save on the desktop or for that matter your mobile. Apple brands iPod, in conjunction with iTunes, its music web site, has given a facility on the internet where iPod users can purchase and download songs for less than $1 per song. Any artist can have an online presence, promote their to an audience of millions, and let consumers download their music to their hearts’ content. Music download sites include over 5,00,000 digital music downloads. EMusic is one such site where you can get 50 free music downloads just for the beginners. Downloading music is simple and easy. One just needs to know few basic process and can get started.

You could listen to your favorite music tracks or download the songs of your choice to your handset and drive away your blues. Download your favorite soundtracks and enjoy listening music tracks on go!

Free Music MP3 Download Unlimited

The world is witnessing an immense growth in mp3 downloads presently. Many experts feel that the reason for this is the increase in number of the music lover. People are gradually shifting away from the CD music because mp3 downloads give a much wider option. Without having to spend money on buying the entire album, music lovers are able to download the songs of their choice for a very nominal fee. More and more web sites are taking advantage of this change to increase their sales and traffic. They are making available individual songs from each album for downloading purposes for a fraction of the amount which one spends to buy the whole CD.

Mp3 downloading saves you a lot of time searching for a particular song which you might want to hear. The absence of CDs helps in removing unwanted clutter from your house. When the songs are downloaded, they are directly saved onto the computer making it easier for the person to search. There are numerous sites which allow digital downloads but at the same time, there are many sites which allow people to download music through peer-to-peer (p2p). This method allows people to download music from someone who might be having the collection that you are searching for. Such web sites are legalized now but they were not so in the recent past. Web sites such as Napster and Wippit are at the top of this list.

Most of the mp3 download sites have all the genres of music catering to a wide taste. Some web sites even have songs of different languages for people from all over the world. It is advisable to go for web sites that charge a fee instead of scouring for the free sites. More often than not, the free web sites offer very low quality music and also provide a gateway for malicious software. There are many websites which charge a one time fee which is very reasonable. After registering on their website, one can download any number of songs as he pleases. At the same time, some of the paid sites which have a legal existence even allow people to directly burn the tracks onto CDs which makes it very convenient for the user.

Some of the more popular web sites for downloading music are Napster, iTunes, Rhapsody and eMusic. Napster was the first to provide free mp3s in a quality manner. But once Metallica went to the officials about this, it was goodbye to the good things. Rhapsody is pretty much similar to Napster with the same amount of downloads available. These are the sites basically which offer legalized mp3 downloads.