5 Ways To Save On Music Downloads

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
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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:

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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.

 

Touch Screen Kiosks For Entertainment Downloads

With most of the music industry already emigrating to the Internet, the younger generation are no strangers to downloading their favourite tracks. Many new bands are making use of YouTube, the blogosphere and other web-based marketing to promote themselves. An entertainment touch screen kiosk draws on this new way of distributing music and other entertainment in digital form, expands on the idea and allows users to not only download music to their Ipod, MP3 player PDA or USB memory stick, but also allows users to download movies and games too.

The touchscreen kiosks have multimedia touch screen technology, and you are able to browse the downloadable items and watch trailers, listen to excerpts of music tracks, or watch a demo of the game. The kiosk’s information also draws feeds of reviews to display, so the user can see what other people thought of the item.

The entertainment download kiosks are networked so that one main machine stores all of the downloadable material. Multiple kiosks can then be located around the shop or shopping centre, and drag all of the relevant information from the main machine as it is called from a kiosk.

The beauty of the entertainment download kiosk is that it is a self-service kiosk with no staff required, so is really cost effective.

The kiosks is space saving. Usually this amount of stock needs to be kept in a sizeable shop, however this technology means that the same quantity of stock is now kept in a very reduced space.

Russ Crupnick, an NPD senior industry analyst said; “consumers still have a huge appetite for songs, as the amount of money customers are spending on downloads has risen from an average of $33 a year to $50 a year.” Of course these figures are based on Internet download sales. However with a download kiosk available in shopping centres and in retail shops, the high street could take a slice of the downloading action.

Furthermore the kiosks have bespoke fascias, so they can bear any logo or branding that your company already has. Additionally the kiosks can be multi-faced with up to four screens, which is ideal for a busy location where you would expect numerous users wanting to access the kiosks. By using a dual screen music download kiosk one screen is handling the user transaction whilst the upper screen can be showing advertising.

Music download kiosks can also be used for downloaded ring tones, desktop images and styles for mobile devices and phones. Customers could also create their own mixes using a selection of dance music which gets mixed using their preferences.

The music or other file can be downloaded to an MP3 player or mobile phone using a USB connection, WLAN or Bluetooth depending on user preference.

 

E-commerce Explained

E-Commerce is way of doing business transactions electronically.  The word electronically in this context means that in E-Commerce business transactions gets completed via electronic medium. This electronic medium mostly uses computers on Internet. The transaction may also be done through a mobile device, smartphone, iPad, Kindle, Android Tablet then it is mobile commerce. Mobile commerce is a subset of E-Commerce.

Several simple example of E-Commerce includes:
An individual purchases a book on Internet
An individual withdraws funds from ATM
A retailer orders merchandise using an EDI network or suppliers extranet
An individual or business calls a toll free number and orders the requirements using the seller’s interactive telephone system.
A manager orders office supplies for his office using Internet on a commercial website set-up for the seller.
An individual reserves a travel ticket or a room in a hotel using the Internet by surfing the related website using a few clicks of mouse.

A Complex examples could be:
A student visits the website of a bookstore on Internet and makes inquiries about the availability of an out of stock book. The bookstore employee receives the the enquiry and sources a digital copy of the book and responds to the enquiry with the  option and costs. The student agrees and uses a payment processor to pay for download and the book store employee gives the student a key to download the digital book. The bookstore employee harvests the students contact details and areas of interest and adds to a database which will email customers when books of possible interest arrive in the store or are put on sale.

E-Commerce transactions are great for small business as well as large because payment is made before goods are made available for digital download. The only things you should be aware of is:

a) Ensuring that your payment processor links are set-up properly

b) Ensuring that your server for the sales page and downloads is not going to crash because of  bandwidth or data transfer issues with your hosting company, or limitations in your own server set-up.

c) Ensuring that money back guarantee’s are honoured in a timely and friendly manner.

Remember, when you enter the world of digital downloads and E-Commerce that you expose yourself to the wiles of hackers and internet criminals. Ensure you have updated, anti-virus and malware plus I recommend the Avast Internet Security Suite, they have a free program if you want to check it out here http://www.avast.com/index, but any of the numerous anti-virus programs out there will provide you with protection, if you keep it up to date.  This precaution will help protect your financial information from others, who have no right to it. You can play your part as well by changing your passwords to critical accounts and sites.

To facilitate E-Commerce requires you to possess  an attitude that is open to change, innovation etc. Security of information is good if you take the precautions mentioned above and the quality of the product can usually be ascertained by going to forums that discuss the product or products of that type.