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How to download and listen to music

2006-07-14 15:59

Downloading music and listening to music online is a great way to try before you buy. You'll also get to know new music. You can save it to your iPod (see new instructions at end of article) and listen to it wherever you like, or just listen online.

It's like radio, except that you choose what you listen to. It's like a CD store where they hand out free singles.

Downloading music or listening to it online is easy, and safe. There's plenty of stuff availablle for free and legal download on offers clips of key tracks with almost all our CD reviews. And we also offer full length MP3 downloads (some of these are only for members).

This is a guide for beginners. But it might also help the more clued-up to correct problems with computer settings, software or hardware.

To listen to clips or MP3s

Go to any music review. On the left hand side of the page, underneath the picture, you'll see a box with clips from the CD. To listen to a clip, all you do is click on it once, and it will start to play.

Click here to go to the Music Reviews section on Entertainment.

You can also listen to some full length MP3s on our SA Music Downloads section. These MP3s may play in a popup window.

To download music - FREE

To download, click on the link to the MP3. Here are 100s of MP3s for free download!

When you click on an MP3 link, a popup window will ask you whether you want to Open the file, or save it. Choose the Save option, and make sure you remember where you save the file.

If you just want to listen to the music, click the Open option and wait for the file to play. This may take a while, especially on a dial-up connection.

To listen to it once it's been saved, use Windows Explorer (Go to Start - Programs - Accessories - Windows Explorer to find it), and double-click it to listen to it.

Using an iPod with MP3 Downloads

If you're an iPod user, you can download MP3s as normal to your computer and then take the following steps to get the songs onto your iPod. You'll need to install iTunes (it's ont the installation disks you got with your iPod.)

Three easy steps:
1. Copy the MP3s into you iTunes file library. iTunes automatically converts them to the right format.
2. Connect the iPod to your PC.
3. In the iTunes File Library, drag and drop or copy and paste the songs onto your iPod.


Problems hearing music clips, listening to MP3s, or viewing trailers? Please check the following:
- That you have a sound card (that's hardware) and that it's correctly installed.
- That you have Windows Media Player (the software ) installed and that the volume is not turned all the way down. New versions of Internet Explorer come with Media Player.
- That your computer's volume setting is not muted. Click Start - Program - Accessories - Entertainment - Volume control to check that.
- This may sound silly, but check that your headphones or speakers are plugged in properly in the right socket on your computer, and that they work.


Isn't downloading Music MP3s illegal?
Not always. The music MP3s on music have been willingly provided by artists and their record companies, to publicise themselves. As long a you don't burn CDs and then sell them, you are within your rights to download the MP3s we provide.

Don't I risk downloading viruses?
No, not on Peer to Peer file sharing programs often result in illegal downloads and connect you directly to another ordinary user's PC. If you use them, you can end up downloading executables and viruses. But MP3 downloads are totally safe!

Can I buy individual songs like on iTunes and Musicmatch?
No, unfortunately not yet. There isn't a really reliable Legal and paid MP3 download service hosted in South Africa - yet.

I can't download your MP3s from the office. Why?
Some companies don't allow you to download big files from your desk, because it increases their bandwidth costs. If this is the case, you'll have to use your home dialup or ADSL account to download MP3s on

You'd like to download music, but you don't know how? You just don't know all that much about what is involved, legally? Or you just want to listen to music online, not save it? Check out this guide to the good stuff.
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