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It was reported recently quality music downloads for iPhone are much sought-after. Among these searches, many are more interested to find places where they can have them cheap rather than paying the regular $0.99 for a song download. People are also ditching free sites that provide music downloads for iPhone as these sites are often plagued by big problems like adware, spyware and viruses threats.
There are basically 2 alternatives when it comes to finding music downloads for iPhone. There are music stores or clubs that either charge you on a monthly or yearly subscription basis, or those that offer you a lifetime membership for a flat fee. These are the best places nowadays for quality mainstream music and the billboard chart hits without overspending.
It seems quite obvious that more and more people see the value in opting for the membership flat fee model. If you were to compare the pricings of different offers, the difference between the lifetime membership fee and yearly fee is only a couple of dollars. People love the fact that they can gain unlimited access to the huge databases at the sites for as long as they want.
The funny thing about why the yearly option for music downloads for iPhone is still quite popular continues to amaze many music industry watchers. Industry professionals claim that people have the mentality that they can make use of that one year to download as many songs and music video as they like before their memberships expires. But they fail to realize that these services are constantly updating their portfolio with new songs. So once your membership ends, you effectively are blocked from receiving any more new downloads.
Another explanation for why some are opting for a short-term subscription such as a 1 month option is their doubt about the service. They wanted to try out the service and see if they are good first before continuing with the yearly or lifetime option. If they are no good, they would just move on to another music service.
The fact is, hopping from site to site may very well end up costing them even more for the music downloads for iPhone. After all, this is really not necessary with the 60-day money-back guarantee offered by many of these services. Plus, you really cannot make a good judgment on the quality of service within a short 1 month. Very often, it takes some fiddling around to really understand the difference between all the competing stores.
For the price tag of $30 to $60, you get a lifetime membership entitlement. Do not quickly jump for the $30 option thinking that you got the best deal. It is not always the case. For a professional service to continue maintaining its site and offer quality service, it takes money and if the club membership fee is too cheap, it could mean a compromise in its quality.
When choosing the right site for your music downloads for iPhone, other than pricing difference, always compare them in terms of the type and selection of music, genres, security of site, download speeds and so on. These should be more crucial than just prices. You would not regret it even if you pay more for quality.
Create Custom CDs from Rhapsody Tracks and Tracks from Your Library
Rhapsody gives you the option to burn music that you have purchased to a CD. All you need is a blank CD-R (CD-Recordable) or CD-RW (CD-Rewritable) disk and a compatible recording drive on your computer and you are on your way to creating custom audio CD’s that can be played on standard CD players. Most of the music in Rhapsody’s Music Guide can be purchased and burned, allowing you a vast array of mixing possibilities for your CD collection. An average CD-R holds 80 minutes of music which is anywhere from 17 to 25 songs depending on the length of the tracks.
Follow these instructions to learn how to burn a CD in Rhapsody:
- Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW into your computer’s CD rewritable drive.
– Note: Not all CD players can play CD-RWs. I recommend using CD-R disks for maximum compatibility and for the most flexibility when listening to your CD on other devices, such as car stereos and portable CD players.
- Add tracks to the Burn a CD icon (rhapsody burn cd icon ) rhapsody burn cds source imagein the Sources area by one of the three following methods:
o Drag and drop tracks and albums from My Library to rhapsody burn cd iconBurn a CD.
o Drag and drop an entire playlist from the Playlists area to rhapsody burn cd iconBurn a CD.
o Drag and drop tracks and albums from the Music Guide to rhapsody burn cd iconBurn a CD.
– Note: At this time, tracks that don’t have Buy next to them are not yet available for purchase and CD burning. So, be sure the tracks you want to burn have Buy next to them. Also remember, that Rhapsody is securing the rights to new music every day, so check back often.
- Click the rhapsody burn cd icon Burn a CD to display the Burn queue in the Display area. The minutes available on your blank CD and the minutes free (after adding the tracks using step #2) are displayed at the bottom of the Burn queue.
- You now have the option to rearrange the order of all or some of the tracks in the Burn queue, by dragging them into position within your list. You can delete tracks by selecting them and pressing the [Delete] button on your keyboard.
– Note: If an error icon (rhapsody error icon ) appears then you have selected a track that is not available to purchase and burn. There are 3 places where the error icon will appear, to the left of the track, to the right of rhapsody burn cd iconBurn a CD in the Sources area, and at the bottom of the Burn queue. You have the option to click the error icon at the bottom of the Burn queue to learn more. The error dialog will give you the opportunity to remove the tracks that are causing the errors.
- If you need to change your CD burning preferences, at the top of the Music Guide, Select Tools > Preferences: CD Burning from the Rhapsody menu. (Rhapsody recommends that you allow the system to choose your burn speed.)
- Once you have finished steps 1 – 5 you are ready to burn a CD. Now click Start Burn at the top-right of the Burn queue. You will then be prompted to purchase any streamed or downloaded tracks that you have placed in your Burn queue.
– Note: If there happens to be any tracks that you do not wish to purchase you have the option to cancel your current burn from the Payment Wizard. Delete the tracks from the Burn queue, and restart your burn by clicking Start Burn.
- You may receive a message that says, “The tracks will not all fit onto one disc. Do you want to burn only the tracks that fit?”
o Click Yes to continue the burn and leave off the tracks at the end of the list that will not fit on the CD.
o Click No to cancel the burn. You must now delete and rearrange the tracks in your Burn queue to fit on the CD.
– Remember that the minutes used on your CD are listed at the bottom of your Burn queue.
- If you choose to delete and rearrange tracks, click Start Burn again to restart the burn process.
- Once the burn process has started, you can watch the progress of your burn in the status bar at the bottom of the Burn queue. A notification will appear when your burn is complete.
While in the past music CDs have been the main medium for collecting music, nowadays MP3s have become mainstream and iPods and media players have started to replace the classic CD player. I am going to look at some new ways to create, manage and enjoy your iPod music collection and also some neat iPod accessories such as wireless headphones and audio transmitters.
Storing songs as MP3s on a computer or media player offers a lot of advantages over keeping CDs. Songs are instantly accessible without having to search for CDs. No more skipping tracks due to scratched CDs. MP3s can store additional information such as title, artist, album, category as well as pictures. Having properly tagged MP3s helps keeping your music collection organized and instantly play any track you desire.
There are several ways to build your music collection. The first way is to convert your existing CD collection. This is done by using a so-called CD ripper. The track is read from the CD by the ripper and stored on a computer. However, you still need to input information such as track name, CD name etc. which can be rather tedious. There are some software packages available which can automatically tag songs.
However, these services are not 100% reliable and do not work on all tracks. Buying music as MP3s avoids this problem. Songs are already properly tagged. There are some other tools available for obtaining larger amounts of music without having to purchase or download individual tracks such as iGetMusic. These tools record online music services and will tag each song.
Audio quality will mostly depend on what bit rate is used. A higher bit rate will usually result in better sound quality but a larger file size. If you have enough disc space, you probably won’t have to worry about file size. If you want to put music on a portable player though such as an iPod, you’ll have to compromise between sound quality and the number of songs you can put on your player.
In addition to MP3, there are several other formats available such as WMA or AAC. Some more advanced formats such as AAC Plus will achieve the same audio quality at only half the file size of MP3. However, some MP3 and media players do not yet support some of these newer audio file formats.
Once you have built an MP3 music collection, you can enjoy it on your home media player or download your tracks onto a portable player to enjoy on the go. Having properly tagged tracks will allow you to easily find any track or play any particular album. Some media and MP3 players will also be able to display CD covers.
By using a wireless audio transmitter, you can stream the music from your computer throughout your home without running long cables. You connect the transmitter to your computer or media player. The receiver then connects to your speakers. If you prefer listening over headphones, using wireless headphones will help you enjoy your music without being tethered to your PC by a cord. When picking a wireless transmitter or pair of wireless headphones, choosing a model which employs digital transmission avoids loss of audio quality.