Well, ok, I’m cheap. My Mantra is “If it is free it is for me”, so I have developed ways to get my music and not pay the dollar per song title. Of course , P2P programs are free unless you get scammed. If you are willing to navigate the murky legal waters of file sharing and disregard the fact that even little girls have been sued by the copyright holding company and have had to pay thousands of dollars as back royalties, I’ll tell you the name of my favorite P2P program: Ares. You get Ares on the net as a download. If they want to charge you for Ares you are at the wrong website. It is free so do not pay for it. It can be used to download music and movies and documents and programs. Ok I’ll give you a link for Ares
Having said that, besides any other consideration, P2P are useless if you do not know the name of the song or the author. Yahoo Messenger has a plug-in that plays Launchcast, a music service. after a day or three it becomes a pay service and if you do not pay you have to wait until the following month for more music. So how to listen to the songs first? Several ways, but first, unless you have something similar to Nero wave installed you need a program to record the music in a reasonable size and maybe even personalize the sound. Download Audacity. It will tell you to also download lame mp3. Do it . Get a little familiar with Audacity as it is a very useful program. You can punch up a recording, increase the bass note or give it a bit of echo. You can even equalize the sound for background listening or raise it for maximum noise.
Now the listening. find a directory of internet stations. A useful one is the website of Mit station locating Radio-Locator . There are also many ways to find stations thru the net with Google. To play them usually one of the regular players will do (Windows media, Real Player etc.) But if you want the ultimate player – Well it is a bit unstable but it will play incomplete and partially downloaded files but it will play internet stations and videos. It is called VLC. and, of course, it is free. Sometimes a player will refuse to play a file so try another player. Many a time it will work
Now you listen and record the stream in the background with Audacity. You can then export it as an Mp3 and listen to it to your hearts content. If you want to go in a real voyage of discovery try, Pandora – Pandora.
Oh? You discovered DVD burning? Can’t get anything done? I’ll have an article on it coming soon.