I have a question for those of you who are a little more technically sound then I am. I have got a new computer this week, and for the first time in my life I have the capability to burn discs. However, I'm not sure on the process yet. I'm sure I can figure out how to copy from one disc to another, but I'm not up-to-date on how downloading works.
I understand that there are some pay sites, but also that there are lawsuits by the RIAA against certain individuals. Can anyone shed a little light on this? I'm not trying to rip people off, but I am new to the process.
Find artists that want you to download their music. This used to be mp3.com -- but Cnet bought them. Does Farmclub.com still exist? Anyway, find a source for your music.
Open up the burning application. My drive came with Nero - a lot of them do. If you are that lucky, then it's easy from there. Just Use the make new CD wizard, choose audio, and select your mp3 files from the explorer interface. It will show you how much space is left on the disc.
If you didn't get Nero with your drive, I think it's under $50. I recommend it highly. Roxio also has EZ CD Creator, but I prefer Nero.
Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
If your new system happens to be a HP (or maybe a Compaq now, I'm not sure) then you should have RecordNow which will work just as well as Nero or EZ CD Creator as far as burning music and basic data CDs.
There are various sites where you can download music for (usually) less than $1/song. There are still plenty of P2P clients you can use to download music as well. As long as you're not using P2P to download thousands of songs and aren't offering thousands of songs for upload (or, better yet, are just using it to get songs that have been released to the 'net by the artists) then you're not going to have a problem with the RIAA. (At least in that regard, there's still the problem of them jacking up CD prices and trying to prevent you from playing your CD in whatever manner you see fit.)
Keep in mind that MP3s aren't CD Audio quality, so burning a CD from mp3s will be slightly lower quality than copying a CD or burning from SHN/FLACs.
Also, when you go to buy CD-Rs, don't shell out the extra money to get the ones labeled as Audio CDs. The only difference between them and other CD-Rs is that a licensing fee has been paid to the RIAA, thus jacking up the cost of the CDs.
And since Guru brought it up, I'd like to extend a hearty FUCK YOU to CNet for not only destroying mp3.com, but refusing to allow archive.org to archive the thousands upon thousands of original music that was offered on the site. Whatever they ultimately do with the new site, I hope it fails miserably.
Well, I have over 700 Cd's (a benefit from working part-time for a music retailer), so I'll concentrate first on making a few mix discs until I feel more comfortable with downloading. Thanks for the advice!
I've never had any problems using the burning software with Windows Media Player 9. Seems to do the trick, whether it be ripping tracks of an album or burning MP3s...
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