Newbie question about music download sites

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by tichtich, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. tichtich

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    Hi. I'm completely new to the music download scene. I want to download a few tracks in MP3 format from legal sites, and I'd appreciate a little help, please.

    I downloaded one track from iTunes, only to find that it's not in MP3 and can't be converted. So back to square one.

    Then I took a look at the "Legal Music Download Sites" FAQ (http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=300106). A lot of the sites are indicated as being in "the protected WMA format" or "the popular WMA format". Can these be easily converted to MP3?

    Also, a lot of the sites seem to require you to download their software before you can browse their store. Have I got that right? The track I'm currently looking for doesn't seem to be very widely available, and I don't want to mess around with downloading a site's software only to find they haven't even got the track I want! (The track is "Sleep of the Just", performed by The Mendoza Line on "Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello".)

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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  3. WelshBluebird

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    As you said, most download stores use WMA with DRM, and iTunes uses m4a - aac with apples fairplay DRM.
    To convert these to normal mp3 you would need to burn these to a cd, then rip the cd back onto your PC. This lets you have the song without DRM, but you do lose a bit of sound quality.
     
  4. extremelydodgy

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    Try www.emusic.com


    I use subscription services as a CD buying service. I download what I want, then order the CD if I like the album.
     
  5. tichtich

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    I'm too stingy to buy the whole album. I often find I'm only interested in one track on an album, so I just want to make a collection of the tracks that I like.

    In fact, having downloaded that one track and listened to it in iTunes, I'm not sure I want it any more. It starts off very nicely (the bit that I'd heard already), but then a really intrusive rythm line starts up and ruins it for me! (I'm fussy about my music.)

    Yes, I have spent rather a lot of effort on this one track. But I'm hoping that, once I've got the system worked out, I'll be able to download more tracks without much effort.
     
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    Perhaps I'll do that, as I'll want to have the track in full quality if I decide to burn it to a CD. Thanks.
     
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    Regarding Apple's Itunes...

    Heard something on the radio this morning saying the French courts had ruled that they MUST make itunes compatable with any mp3 player.

    So apple have decided to pull out of France.

    Does anyone know if this true ?

    If so, it sounds like an absolute disgrace to me......
     
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    Er...not if you live outside of the russian federation.

    Was confirmed by the BPI in an email published here a couple of months back
     
  10. kevH

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    So it looks like not content with taking on Microsoft and Sony , Apple have decided to take on the whole of France !! Sorry just had visions of a whole load of Ipod's on the beaches jumping onto boats back to Usa !! :rotfl:
     
  11. Uridium

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    the Ipods wouldn't make it as far as the beaches as the striking French farmers and lorry drivers would have all the roads blocked as usual.
     
  12. Monty Burns

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    It's sort of true :thumbsup: MP3 players ordered to play ALL protected formats

    Now, if Apple or MS will pull out of France..... I dunno. As all media players already play mp3 and wma (well, pretty much all) then I doubt this will trouble MS one ickle bit.


    and

    I'd of said most of em were fat and ugly myself :rotfl:
     
  13. Uridium

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: Tres good!
     
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    it still needs to go through the french senate though (their version of the house of lords)
    and Monty Burns, it isn't about playing mp3 or wma files, its about playing the DRM protected WMA, AAC and Atrac files that are available from download stores - so the idea is you'd be able to play a track from nasper on your iPod, or a track from sony connect on your, say Zen Micro.
     
  15. Monty Burns

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    yeah sorry, should of been a bit clearer on that:)
     
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    There is a handy piece of software I use called "TuneBite". It records the track at high speed to your PC then encodes it as an mp3. WMA problem solved. I've never tried to use it on the Ipood (intentional mispelling) format. You can even choose to have it encode to OGG or back to WMA if you like. You can get it at www.tunebite.com
     

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