downloading MP3s

  Bansaw 10:58 07 Apr 2006

Is there a legal site where you can download music MP3s *without having to install their software*, ie: just download the raw MP3s straight to your hard drive??

The sites I've seen insist on installing their software to manage the downloading and burning of MP3s.


  GANDALF <|:-)> 11:37 07 Apr 2006

click here

click here to name but two.


  Bansaw 15:11 07 Apr 2006

Thanks G.

The Tesco looks like the one that you can download a WMA from direct without software.
Thats my impression.

Virgin insist on installing a 17Mb package though.

I assume the standard price is £0.79 for every new single...

  Monument 15:41 07 Apr 2006

The market leader and by far the biggest catalogue is Apple's Music Store.

TYou need to download iTunes to access click here

  Bansaw 15:48 07 Apr 2006

Thanks Monument.

I'd just like the WMAs (MP3s) downloadable directly to my machine.
Don't want Apple exercising control over my music collections.

I think Tesco's looks like you just download the WMA without any fuss...

  dms05 17:40 07 Apr 2006

A much cheaper option is click here and they allow direct downloads in a variety of formats and various bit rates with or without their music management software. I download direct to my PC from my Opera browser but you can use IE or Firefox.

  pj123 18:36 07 Apr 2006

dms05, you said "A much cheaper option is" and then posted a link. I tried your link and in the Help center I clicked on "How much does it cost to download music at and there is no information at all. So how do you know it is a much cheaper option?

In other words then "How much does it cost to download music at" Give us an example?

  WHU 18:39 07 Apr 2006

They had a little section on music downloads on the Gadget Show on Monday. Really depends on the type of music your into as to which may be best suited for you.
Have a look at the Gadget Show website for more info.

click here

  ade.h 20:24 07 Apr 2006

The Music section of is very good (and free of course, while being legally legitimate) click here

  Charence 21:12 07 Apr 2006

Songs cost around $0.10 each, but that can change depending on the size of the file which can be affected by your choice of bitrate/format. That is cheaper than iTunes. Their site say the music is legal, but why do the songs cost so little?

  Dizzy Bob 01:11 08 Apr 2006

Is it legal to download music from

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