How to Share Music Without Getting In Trouble
There are legal ways to share music, and ways to share music which violate the rights of the copyright holders. Sharing music legally lets you listen to all sorts of new music. Sharing music without respecting the rights of the copyright holders can lead to DMCA notices and possible lawsuits.
Ways to share music legally
Ruckus is a free service for college students. It provides access to over 2 million songs. The main drawbacks are that it does not currently work on Macs, and that the songs have to be played on a computer or a portable device that supports Windows media files (so no iPods).
- Subscription services
There are a number of subscription services that allow you to download and play as much music as you want to a fixed fee every month. Each service will have different costs and restrictions, which you will need to evaluate on your own. Some companies providing digital music subscriptions include:
Napster [Link outside of Loyola]
Rhapsody [Link outside of Loyola]
Yahoo Music [Link outside of Loyola]
- Streaming radio stations
Many radio stations stream their content online. Additionally, sites such as Shoutcast provide links to multiple online radio stations.
- Buying "download licenses"
Some websites will charge a one-time or a monthly fee and claim that you are now allowed to download any music that you find for free through LimeWire or another file-sharing program. This is a scam!! LimeWire is an open-source program, so you can download it for free from their site [link outside of Loyola]. If you read the fine print on these "license" sites, you will see that it does not give you a license for downloading copyrighted material.