Free Music Downloading Sites For iPod – A Myth Or Reality?

To be free or not to be free, that is the question? I know this is a pun on Shakespeare, well sort of, but I couldn’t resist it! Unfortunately for music downloading sites it seems to be more of a myth than a reality. Read on to find out why!

Anyway, there’s a more accurate statement, which is “if it’s too good to be true it probably isn’t true.” And which applies to the possibility of free downloading sites. The problem is that there are free sites available but most of these, in fact, I would estimate well over 95% are “rubbish”. I can hear you ask, what you mean by rubbish? Well quite simply, you get free files, but you also get problems attached to them. These problems range from very poor quality download files and/or viruses or Trojans. Hopefully, you haven’t had the misfortune of having downloaded a virus into your PC from one of these sites as take it from me, they can be incredibly difficult to remove (but that’s another article.)!

I think its wise to define here what a free site means iin the context of sourcing music for your iPod.

A free download site will allow you to access files being shared over a user network and accessed from a portal that is controlled by a third-party. Unfortunately, these third parties often utilise the naivete of “surfers” looking to take advantage of “freebies” to download at best adware and at worst malware. However there are times when little jewels of portal sites can be found although these are as rare as hens teeth.

To be honest, music downloading sites that are free are really a myth. You are really going to be hard pressed to find a site of any decent quality that provides the music you want, no viruses and fast download speed. The bottom line is that you’re going to have to pay something!

The real question should be-what are my options and how much am I going to have to pay?

Well, that entirely depends upon several things including, your budget and how much you want to download.

You have several choices initially, you can opt for the pay per download system which includes sites such as Napster and iTunes and pay $0.99 per tune. You can go for monthly subscription sites (usually $10-$15 per month). I won’t be suggesting any here because I don’t think they are good value for money, or you can go for a category of music provision site for iPods termed as an unlimited download site.

Don’t get overly excited here simply because there is a cost attached to membership of such a site. These music downloading sites will set you back at least $35-$40 so they’re not free. However, what you do get, with the reputable ones, is the site should have a wide variety of choice, clean files (no viruses), bonus conversion software, fast download speed and excellent technical support.

After much trial and error and wasted time, not to mention one nasty virus which took me a day to eradicate I finally opted for the unlimited download site category.