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DIGITAL MUSIC LINKS


DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER SOFTWARE FILE SHARING SOFTWARE

DIGITAL MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES DIGITAL MUSIC STORES


DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER SOFTWARE

These free players can be used to listen to CDs, MP3 files, and various other audio file formats.
Certain players are also required to hear music streamed from music subscription services.

I Tunes

Windows Media Player

Real Player


PEER-TO-PEER (P2P) FILE SHARING SOFTWARE

This software enables users to access the global Gnutella network and share files.
The World Future Fund does not in any way endorse the use of any of these services for any activity that might lead to the violation of legal copyrights

File Sharing Software Reviews

Kazaa

Lime Wire

Soulseek

BIT TORRENT

The latest innovation in file sharing software is Bit Torrent,

 which enables huge files be downloaded far faster via multiple streams.

Bit Torrent

Azureus Java BitTorrent Client

Bit Torrent Search Engines

The Pirate Bay


DIGITAL MUSIC SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

Yahoo! Music Unlimited Beta
This unlimited download service is available for $4.99 per month or $59.88 for an entire year.
Subscription downloads can be stored in most compatible portable music players, except the Apple iPod.
Subscription downloads cannot be burned onto a CD. Subscribers can purchase burnable downloads for $0.79 apiece.
These downloads can be burned onto a CD. Subscribers must have Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 software in order to use the Yahoo! Music Engine for downloads.

Real Rhapsody
Download the Real Rhapsody player software for free and get a free 14-day trial. A subscription price of $14.99 per month for the next three months begins at end of the trial period.  Buying a subscription enables the unlimited download of songs to your PC from Rhapsody's database. Songs can then be downloaded to most portable music players (except the Apple iPod). Owners of portable music players may also subscribe to Rhapsody-To-Go.  Rhapsody-To-Go enables subscribers to download and use the Rhapsody software on their portable music players. Rhapsody only works with the following operating systems: Windows XP, Me, 2000 or 98 SE.

Napster
Using Napster requires downloading the Napster software and paying a subscription price of $9.95 per month. A Napster subscription buys unlimited downloads of songs to your PC only. Subscribers who want to load songs onto a portable player can purchase individual songs via Napster Light for $0.99 apiece. This price is in addition to the $9.95 subscription fee per month.  Subscribers who want to load an unlimited number of songs onto their portable players must subscribe to Napster To Go for $14.95 per month. A Napster To Go subscription has all of the benefits of a regular Napster subscription in addition to allowing the unlimited transfer of songs to a portable player. Subscribers to Napster to Go can currently get three months free.  Subscribers to all Napster services get access to 50+ channels of Napster Radio.
Music downloads from Napster are compatible with most portable music players, but not Apple iPod. The Napster software is only compatible with Windows XP/2000. Users must also be running Internet Explorer 5.1 or higher and Windows Media Player 7.1 or higher.


DIGITAL MUSIC STORES

iTunes
Songs can be bought individually for $0.99 apiece. Songs downloaded from iTunes can only be played on an Apple iPod or on computers, including PCs, which have the iTunes software.

Yahoo! Music Unlimited Beta or Yahoo! Music Engine
There are two ways to purchase burnable music online using Yahoo! The first is via the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Beta subscription service.
This unlimited download service is available for a $4.99 per month or $59.88 for an entire year.
Subscription downloads can be stored in most compatible portable music players, except the Apple iPod.  They cannot be burned onto a CD.
Subscribers can purchase burnable downloads for $0.79 apiece. These downloads can be burned onto a CD.
The second way to purchase music is with the Yahoo! Music Engine. Download the free engine and buy songs for $0.99 apiece
Songs purchased via the Yahoo! Music Engine can be burned onto a CD or stored in most portable music players, except Apple iPod.
Subscribers must have Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 software in order to use the Yahoo! Music for downloads.

Real Music Store
Individual songs can be purchased and downloaded for $0.99 apiece. Entire CDs can be downloaded for $9.99. Purchase of songs requires download of the free Real Player 10. The Real Player is compatible with most newer Mac and PC operating systems. Purchased songs/CDs can be burned onto CD or loaded onto compatible music file players, including the Apple iPod. Real Player.

MSN Music
Songs are available for purchase for $0.99 apiece. Buyers are required to download the Microsoft Music Assistant software to download the music. Purchased music downloads are compatible with most portable music players, but not Apple iPod.

Napster
The digital music store at Napster is called Napster Light. Napster light is a store linked to Napster's subscription service.  Access to Napster Light requires downloading the Napster software and subscribing to Napster for the normal monthly price of $9.95.  Songs can then be purchased from Napster Light and downloaded for $0.99 apiece, entire CDs from $6.95 apiece. Music purchased and downloaded via Napster Light is compatible with most portable music players, but not Apple iPod. Music downloads from Napster are compatible with most portable music players, but not Apple iPod. The Napster software is only compatible with Windows XP/2000. Users must also be running Internet Explorer 5.1 or higher and Windows Media Player 7.1 or higher.