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Songs from the Web

Apple has made getting music from the Web a far simpler (and far more defensible) enterprise with the opening of the iTunes Music Store. I discuss The Store in detail in the next chapter. But there are other avenues—legal and not-so—for finding music on the Web.

Finding free and legal music on the Web is getting easier by the day. Apple gives away a download each week from the iTunes Music Store (though you must have an account at The Store to download these files). And then there are the old standbys such as the Internet Underground Music Archives (www.iuma.com) and GarageBand.com (www.garageband.com). But recently, a number of Web sites devoted to pointing visitors to free music have begun to crop up. The Red Ferret Journal (www.enorgis.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php), for example, boastslinks to more than 1 million free and legal music tracks. And of course, there are such far-from-legal sources as Internet newsgroups, HotLine servers, and peer-to-peer file-sharing clients. Let's put aside the legal and ethical arguments for now (I assure you that I'll address these important issues later in the book) and focus on getting music from the Web onto your iPod.


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