Since the dawn of the internet, music has always been one of the popular files that are most circulated in the network. To be more specific, in 1999, Napster was the first platform that allowed internet users to access and share a large scale of music files. And it was not without challenges. Labels and musicians soon sued them for copyright infringements. What was supposed to be a breakthrough was considered as a copyright abuse by many.
Today, it is the exact opposite. We can’t imagine listening to our music if not from our gadgets. Sure, tapes and CDs are still around, but they are only for hardcore fans. Today, we’ll discuss five ways you can enjoy music on the internet that may have never thought about before.
Download Your Music for Free
Just like Napster, there surely are copyright issues with downloading music files for free on the internet. But again, if seen from the user perspective, free music acts as a trial chance for listeners so that they can decide what is best for them before they pay for the music they listen to. And in that case, Mp3Direct should be a place for you to start out. It offers songs from the most popular artists of various genres, and the site is also safe.
I almost forgot to tell that although downloading music for free from websites is very easy to do these days, you have to be extra careful. It is not uncommon to find fake links that trick you into downloading malware for your computer.
Stream Your Music Legally
If Netflix is the place for you to stream movies legally, then there should be the same platforms for music, right? And the answer to that is absolutely a yes. Spotify, Deezer, YouTube Music, Bandcamp, and MusicUp are the places where you can stream songs from your favorite artists for free, but legally. There is an option for a premium subscription, of course. And it will free you from ads and song play restrictions.
However, different platforms have different rules. On Spotify, you can listen to songs freely forever, but you will see ads played in between tracks. On Bandcamp, you can listen to the songs for a limited amount of time. After that, you can buy the track or the entire album, depending on how you like it.
Watch this video to understand how streaming platforms can benefit artists:
Discover New Indie Artists
If you are into new music or artists with a new kind of beats, you can’t expect to find them in just any platforms, but SoundCloud. This streaming platform does not apply ads, so you don’t need to worry about getting annoyed by a sudden song pause or random song shuffle, but you have to realize that the platform does not pay the artists either. Nevertheless, many good indie artists use SoundCloud to promote their works. Bandcamp is also a great place to discover new artists, and it also provides you the chance to support the artists directly by buying their tracks, albums, or merchandise. This is exactly the perk of listening to music on the internet. No one dictates your music taste, and there are always new artists on your playlist!