Getting Free Digital Music/MP3s

December 15, 2006

Unfortunately these days many online users feel the best way to obtain free music is through peer-to-peer programs like Limewire or eDonkey. The unfortunate part of this is the RIAA has cracked down on illegal or pirated music downloads to the point these services are illegal and can bring trouble to the downloader.

However, there are still some ways to get free tunes, keep in mind the selections may not be everything you want. Check these out:

1 – emusic.com Promo. I recently received an email from Urbanoutfitters.com which had a Promo ad for “50 free mp3s”. I figured this would be some big catch involved, but after investigating further, I determined all you had to do was sign up for a free account for 2 weeks and then begin finding music you wanted. Sure enough my account read “50 songs remaining”. Since then I have downloaded 2 full albums that I had wanted from itunes, and many other great songs. The selection is not as vast as itunes, but 50 free mp3s that work on my IPOD? I wont complain..The other thing I noticed is if you get friends to join you get 25-50 free songs as well for each referral.

2 – Song Giveaways – Itunes & Urge (MTV) iTunes tends to be rather stingy on its giveaways, and its better to be an ipod owner. They will give away a free song each week, of their choice, to promote a new artist. In the past they have had a few which I enjoyed but usually it is obscure groups that may turn out to be 1 or no hit wonders. Urge.com is MTV’s latest music service. They tend to give away newer songs to promote artists, and they are top notch. Be forewarned that these songs are in wma format, which wont move onto an IPOD. The trick is to get a cd’s worth of free songs from Urge, burn the CD and rip the tracks to your ipod.

3. Check out Rhapsody – Rhapsody is part of the RealMusic Network, but they provide a free 14 day trial membership. From this membership you can download 5 favorite songs free off the bat, yours to keep. Give it a spin, Get your 14 day free trial – Rhapsody

So if you’re looking for free digital music, try out the above methods. They are safe and seem to work fine so far.


Why I Love the PSP

December 11, 2006

I can’t recommend the Sony PSP to people enough. In my opinion the coolest gadget I own, in that it’s not just a portable video game system, but it can store photos and music, play movies, and allow for browsing the internet.

The Sony PSP was released many years ago in attempts to take over the handheld gaming industry that Nintendo seemed to own. PSP’s games had a visual look that Nintendo Gameboy just couldn’t match. I first purchased the PSP as an item to take on plane flights, because it plays dvd type movies in addition to video games. Mainly it can play either the UMD card movies that Sony sold, or movies I moved from DVD’s onto the PSP’s memory card. You can buy special memory chips for the PSP which allow it to hold up to 6 or more hours of movies. Even though the battery drains in 2 hours from watching a movie, it’s still impressive.

But wait there’s more..the PSP plays mp3 music and holds photos, plus allows for browsing the internet. I took the item on a trip to Rome, and was able to use the wi-fi signal in the hotel to check my emails and CNN.com for news from the US. The cool factor of being able to do that with something built for video games, is pretty impressive. Even better, Sony keeps adding features and new program/firmware updates.

Another device which Sony has made the PSP compatible with is the Slingbox. Slingbox is a box you hook to your cable TV. You leave your cable TV on when you leave home with your PSP and theoretically you will be able to watch all of the cable channels you have at home, on the road, on your handheld PSP. Now people will never miss local news or sports teams because of that. Slingbox goes for about $199 or less, but is impressive nonetheless. Accessories for the PSP will cost you of course, the memory chips get pricier the more storage you go for, some cost up to $150-200, deals can be found all over Ebay. Games run as much as $50, which is why I again recommend Ebay. Its smarter to buy used titles that were popular but not as new..you save money and still get a great game. GTA and Wipeout are great examples.

So since Sony continues to build upon the item and upgrade its features, it’s highly recommended. I would like to see them build in something that incorporates AOL instant message type technology, and also put out an accessory keyboard for use on the PSP. Typing is one of the tougher tasks, even though it wasn’t primarily designed for that.

And by the way, the video games aren’t too bad on this thing either..