When downloading music, there are two primary concerns. The first is the legality. None of these websites are legal when you are using them to share or download copyrighted material. The other concern involves the risk of infecting your computer with viruses and malware. The only way to stay completely protected is to avoid these sites altogether. When looking for a download, it is best to find a file with a large number of seeds. The file will download faster, and it is also an indication that the file is free of malware.
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BearShare is a free peer-to-peer downloading program. When searching for music, green icons indicate that you will be downloading this file from another BearShare user. These downloads are completely free. If the file has a gold icon, then unlimited monthly downloads are included in a BearShare subscription. If the gold icon has a box around it, then the file must be purchased whether you have a BearShare subscription or not.
FrostWire is a program that was made with the same source code as LimeWire. LimeWire was a popular peer-to-peer downloading program that has since become inoperational. LimeWire went to court on a case of inducing copyright infringement with the distribution of its software in October 2010. Frostwire works in a similar manner. Free downloads can be found online; you can also share music.
The Pirate Bay
The Pirate Bay is a website that hosts torrent files for peer-to-peer music sharing. This requires BitTorrent, which is a program that can be downloaded online for free. You can perform a search on Pirate Bay to find an artist or album that you would like to download. When the downloading window appears, click "Open." This should open your BitTorrent program and start the download. When looking for a torrent to download, read the comments to see if anybody has been infected with viruses or malware from this torrent file.
Demonoid, like the Pirate Bay, is a website that hosts BitTorrent files. You will need the BitTorrent program to download from this website. You will also need an invitation code to join the site. Periodically, the site will allow open enrolment for users to join without an invitation code. Limiting access to the general public helps cut down on the risk of your computer getting infected with malware. Check the site regularly to see if enrolment opens.
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