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Old 05-07-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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I am always very dubious about these sites - and have not got involved - but is there one that anyone can recommend
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I am always very dubious about these sites - and have not got involved - but is there one that anyone can recommend
That's a bit vague. What do you want to do? Listen to music? Listen to samples to decide whether to buy a CD? Listen to online radio? Download files? Buy tracks?

Al of these these things can be done legally at various places, and there is nothing 'dubious' where it's legal. Lots of musicians and groups actually publish their own music and make MP3s available for free download - like one or or two tracks of a CD. Some music is published under a Creative Commons license, which means it's always free to download and listen to, sometimes even to change it.

And: what kind of music?

(listening to an Iranian station on Internet radio... )

   
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Old 05-07-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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I have a 30 year old daughter who has learning difficulties - loves music - and able to work a PC - I want a site that she can go on and download music she likes - which has music by Sinatra etc
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I have a 30 year old daughter who has learning difficulties - loves music - and able to work a PC - I want a site that she can go on and download music she likes - which has music by Sinatra etc
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Even if it's not for downloading, have a look at Shoutcast: it has a huge collection of online radio stations for every conceivable genre. I'm using WinAmp to play, and bookmark some of them so I can easily return. The site doesn't have a very friendly interface though, no images to easily recognize what you like... have a look anyway. (Try Search for: [Sinatra] for instance)

For downloading music by artists like Sinatra you'll have to pay - such music isn't free (not legally anyway). There are sites where you can pay per track though; some give better rates if you become a member (or whatever their equivalent is).

For radio the model is different, because the station pays for the rights to broadcast - so the listener won't have to pay any more.

   
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I think we will go for sites that we pay - I am just concerned some of them may be set up just to grap my credit card information
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Try http://www.allofmp3.com/ which comes well recommended. It is Russian, but don't let that put you off. The advantage is a wide range of music, including some Sinatra - eg Sinatra at the Sands, entire album for $2.13, or Bruce Springsteen's latest album for $1.70

It works on a deposit system - you deposit $10 with them to start up. Payments are processed through assist.ru

   
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It is possible some may take PayPal, which enables you to pay without exposing your credit card information to the seller (only to PayPal).

   
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It is possible some may take PayPal, which enables you to pay without exposing your credit card information to the seller (only to PayPal).
Most that I have looked at use a 3rd party processing house. I would worry about a PayPal only operation, as their charges are much higher than a proper merchant banking service and anyone can set up a PayPal account to take payments, with only postal address validation. You need to pass much tougher business validation to use a merchant service such as WorldPay.

   
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iTunes music store. Requires iTunes to be installed on your computer, but it's secure and very easy to use. If credit card info is a real concern, you can also purchase gift cards in varying denominations (my daughter received a $25 and a $50 one for her birthday last month).
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Most that I have looked at use a 3rd party processing house. I would worry about a PayPal only operation, as their charges are much higher than a proper merchant banking service and anyone can set up a PayPal account to take payments, with only postal address validation. You need to pass much tougher business validation to use a merchant service such as WorldPay.
Yep. But I was thinking mostly of sheltering the credit card info.

I think the cards, as Dave B. mentioned, might be a good alternative as well.

   
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