Where to get music for your iPod

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Find out where to get both popular and rare music for your iPod

Since introducing the first iPod in 2001, Apple has converted countless music lovers into loyal customers who value the gadget’s iconic interface and storage capabilities. 
Today, new iPods can hold thousands of songs, not to mention photos and videos. Whether you’re a new iPod owner or an old fan that’s recently upgraded, your options for finding music for your iPod are vast.

The internet has revolutionized how people discover bands and access music. When you search for music for your iPod, keep in mind that there’s a big difference between streaming music and owning a copy of a song. For the most part, you can stream music online for free. In order to add a song to your iPod, however, you will almost always have to purchase either a copy or a subscription to a membership site.

You have an iPod and you’re itching to load it with music, right? You want every song you’ve ever loved and then some. You want new music, old music, dance, wrap, show tunes, country and ragas – a full eclectic collection that constantly reminds you why you love listening to music. Here is a list of places to find all kinds of music for your iPod.

Places to get Music for you iPod

Raid your CD Collection (and your friends’ collections) – It may seem obvious, but many people forget how much music they already own. It takes about 10 minutes to import a CD to your iTunes library. From there, you simply transfer the files to your iPod. As you go through each CD, you’ll probably think of a number of songs you don’t own, but want to. Keep a running list for future reference. CD Baby is the world’s largest online store for independent music.  CD Baby does not distribute any music from major labels; the company works directly with musicians to distribute CDs and MP3s. Songs vary in price, but usually cost about $1. You don’t have to pay a membership fee to access the music catalog and a number of albums offer customer reviews.

iTunes – Apple opened the iTunes music store in 2003. With more than 11,000,000 sings, including a number of exclusive tracks, from both major and independent music labels, iTunes has been the largest music vendor in the United States since 2008. There are a few caveats to iTunes: some songs are only available if you purchase an entire album and a few major artists like the Beatles and AC/DC are not available.

Music Subscription Services – There are a few music subscription services that offer access to large music catalogs in exchange for a monthly fee. Members can create playlists and stream music directly from the sites or download music files onto their hard drive in order to add them to an iPod.
  • Kazaa – Kazaa is a music website that offers streaming music and access to playlists for free. With a paid subscription, users have access to unlimited downloads.

  • Napster – Napster offers a music subscription service for $14.95 per month. Members receive access to a catalog of over 5 million songs where they can stream music for free and purchase songs for their iPod.

  • Rhapsody – With over 4 million songs, Rhapsody is a music subscription service with a catalog that includes rare, independent music. For $14.99 a month, members can stream music for free or purchase tracks for $.89 per download.

  • eMusic- eMusic is a music subscription site that offers different plans based on the number of downloads a member wants per month. Plans are adjustable and range from 24 to 100 song downloads per month. With a catalog of over 7 million songs, eMusic also offers members music recommendations, discounts to shows and reviews. Subscriptions begin at $11.99 per month, which works out to $.49 per song. Members can cancel anytime.

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