Money is tight but life without music would be really dull. Luckily for us, there are few ways to cut expenses and still get music music music.
First, make use of the CDs that you already have. Rip CDs to mp3 and upload music to your portable player instead of purchasing the same music directly in MP3 format. While this doesn’t increase your music collection, it uses the cd’s you bought but no longer get to listen to because your disc-player has been changed for mp3
Second, search for free music sites. Often they are not so good-looking as iTunes and the free tag often has conditions such as free to listen, but it’s worth having a look because it is surprising the number of hit and complete tracks, from original artists that can be had for an afternoon of digital downloading. The bad thing about them is that tracks may be not in popular mp3 format, but a good audio converter will do the job.
Thirdly, there are also sites out there where new artists give teasers of their cd’s to promote themselves, and some of that original and even the cover stuff is worthy of a listen. In fact some of the biggest artists are now following this trend, of providing digital downloads of a track from an upcoming album. A Google search got huge results. Click this link:
Fourthly, nowadays almost every music store offers music in mp3 (about $10), Free Lossless Audio Codec or FLAC (about $12) and a physical CD (over $20). Many people buy mp3 and a CD in a bundle. That’s a waste of money. You can buy a FLAC copy and later convert it to mp3 or any other format using Total Audio Converter. Keeping in mind that FLAC is an exact copy of the CD so you can burn an excellent physical disc using free standard windows tools.
Fifthly, is that a word, there are sites like Ultra Music Downloads that offer you unlimited number of downloads without the pain of paying for each track. You pay an annual membership and get unlimited access to the database of music, movies and games. If you like to get new music every month that will save you a lot of money.Ranging from $20 per year to $79.95 you get what you pay for, but saying that the $20 site isn’t bad.
This could be sixthly but it would mean re-writing the title and it’s late so I’ll just say many music sites also offer a radio service. So you listen to full-length songs from their catalogs absolutely free.
So when the word cutbacks is mentioned you now have some decent alternatives that can provide your music fix.