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Where to download songs to put on MP3 Player?`

by DoubleD59 / June 6, 2009 12:20 PM PDT

I am not very computer literate...so need help I signed up for Rhapsody..because I had read it was free downloads...I want to be able to go to a site, download a song to my MP3 Player, either free or by a subscrption where you get as many downloads as you want per month. Is there such a site.

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legal music
by ktreb / June 6, 2009 2:51 PM PDT

Rhapsody is such a site, as is Napster. In order to download as much as you want to an mp3 player you'll need to pay for the "to go" version, which will allow you to put songs on supported players. To use either you will also need to download the software and have a player that supports subscription music. You'll need to go to their sites to find out what players each supports. Once you sign into the software, connect the player and then you'll need to authorize it. Once you do that, then you can d/l as many songs as you want. You'll need to connect the player to the software at least once a month to renew the license to play the songs you downloaded. Once you stop paying the stop being playable once your subscription expires.

Rhapsody and Napster do offer a few free downloads. I think Rhapsody does a free song of the day. That's about the extent of free.

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How can they expire....
by DoubleD59 / June 7, 2009 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: legal music

If you download to your computer and then on to an MP3 portable player....It won't expire then right??? I am so confused..lol I bought an MP3 Player that holds up to 16 hours of music. We got the free song downloaded from Rhapsody....and i am doing the 14 day trial... but when I look up a song I want....and click on it...it tells me its 99 cents <shrug> So thats not free....

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they expire because of DRM
by ktreb / June 7, 2009 1:46 PM PDT

The songs downloaded from a subscription (rather than purchase) have DRM (digital rights management). DRM restricts which devices the songs can be played on, how many computers and players (in the case of Rhapsody, 3 computers and 3 players) that they can be played on, and they have an "expiration" date. The most well known of the DRM'ed content were all of the songs purchased from the iTunes store before a certain time period (iTunes music started going DRM free some time ago and should be completely DRM free by now). iTunes was and still is not a subscription service, but rather purchased music. And in their DRM'ed form would only play on iPods and only play on upto 5 authorized computers. All of the online download music stores these days are DRM free (at least in the US) for purchased music, but DRM free does not extend to all you can download subscriptions.

Now the free song you got from Rhapsody should not have an expiration date. I believe it's in mp3 format so by definition, there are no restrictions.

Which service do you have a trial for? In order to download to a computer or player, you must use the Rhapsody To Go service (rather than the regular, streaming version) and I believe you need to use the Rhapsody software, since you'll need it to authorize your player and download to it. Not the web version. And depending on the song, it may not be available for download through the subscription but only through purchase. I've seen a few of these...I've been a Rhapsody To Go subscriber for 2 years. And I can only see the free song of the day on the web version and not in the software.


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