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More than any other art or media Music has moved online
• CD sales continue to decline• Internet speeds have improved• New services are availableIt has become so much easier to download or listen online (if you have access to the internet…)
You can listen or play music on computers and lots of devices
The internet is theWorld Wide Webof information andentertainmentWhich means that,whatever your tastes or interests,you should be able to find somethingyou’ll like
We’d like to offerjust a few tips and suggestions on how you can access this world of listening – easily, cheaply and safely
We will show some examples of the services available onlineMany other similar services are available
RadioRather than having to buy and download songs and albums,you can listen to a lot of radio broadcasts online…and for free
The BBC, for example, now has all their channels/stations and programmes online Available via their Radio iPlayer
• You can listen live to the current programmes as they are broadcast• Or ‘listen again’ to most programmes for up to 7 days• And many programmes are also available as ‘podcasts’ (more on these later)
If you go to the websites of many other local, national or international radiostations, you’ll also find you can listen live there too Or from some, download a podcast
There are also dedicated internet radio stations that are only available online
There are also other online ‘radio’ services which will let you listen to a continuous selection of music based on the artists or genres you tell them you like
On most of these, it’s free to listen But you may need to register (using a valid email address) and login to listen. Registration is usually free and will enable you tosave your preferences or share your interests with others
Most of these websites make their money from advertisingSo the music will be regularly interrupted by adverts (like normal commercial radio) or show a lot of adverts or chances to click and buy the music you like on the screen.
Stay Safe OnlineWhen online, if you are asked to give financial details (e.g. a credit card number):• Only do so with a website/company you know is reputable• Don’t give any details unless you intend to buy from them• Beware of trial membership offers, because unless you cancel before the trial period finishes you will be immediately and automatically charged.
Downloading musicA lot of people no longer buy music they like on CD It’s often cheaper and easier to buy online and download the music you like to your computer In fact it’s so easy that ‘shopaholics’ should beware
You can then play on a music system, mobile device or playerOr copy onto a CD if you’ve still got a CD player
The main sites where you find and buy themusic you like are now ‘household names’ like Amazon, iTunes and Play.com
But there are also specialist music sellersand even some artists or bands that will selltheir music direct to you from their website.
Stay Safe Online• Only buy from a website/company you know is reputable• Don’t enter any personal or financial details unless you know the site you’re visiting and the computer you’re using are secure• Use a credit card (rather than debit card), if you’ve got one (this offers some protection)• When possible, use a service like Paypal, so you can shop without sharing your financial details
There are also sites offering free music downloads, copying or ‘file sharing’
BUT most sites offering free music downloads and ‘file sharing’ are illegal They are stealing the music and if you download from them you are stealing tooUnder UK law, your illegal downloads can be tracked. Some people have been prosecuted for illegally downloading.And you can have your internet access cut off if you’re caught.
But, apart from the illegality, sites offering to give any music you like for free are dangerous to visit There is a very high risk of the free files offeredbeing infected with viruses or ‘spyware’ that will try to steal your private information from you computer
Stay Safe Online• So, take care even searching for or visiting sites offering ‘free music downloads’• Make sure your computer is properly protected with security software and everything is up to date• Use a service that will tell if a site is reliable, like the free Site Advisor
This will show a site’s reputation in your search results And warn you is you try to visit a known dodgy site
If you want to buy music onlineChoose a reputable company and create an account.You can then browse, buy and download your music easily and safely.
You’ve bought the musicso, if something goes wrong on your computer, you can go back and download it againSome services, like Amazon Cloud Player, alsoenable you to listen to any of the music you’ve bought online anytime by just logging in.
Podcasts• A podcast is either an audio file that you can listen to on the internet or download to a portable player such as an iPod• They are usually episodic and regularly available, e.g. once a week• Some are actually broadcast radio programmes• Some are created especially for the internet• Most are available for free
The BBC, for example, releases a lot of it’s programmes as podcasts But, for copyright reasons, will remove all butexcerpts of any music. News, weather and other such ‘live’ information is usually also edited out
Another example, is the Guardian newspaperwhose journalists put together a lot of ‘magazine programmes
Podcasts are easy to listen to onlineOr download to listen to later on your computer or music player
You can also get free software that will letyou ‘subscribe’ to your favourite podcaststell you when the latest one is available or even download them automatically for you
If you enjoy listening to spoken wordYou can also borrow and download audio books free from our Digital Download Library
We can help you Enjoy listening onlinewww.lancashire.gov.uk
You can listen online or download your podcasts on our People’s Network computersOur Library computers are available for free for up to two hours a day (But don’t forget your headphones!)
Even if you can’t Use a computeror don’t feel confident going online
Your Libraryhas regular free courses and sessions tohelp people get the online skills they need
We start with the basicsincluding that all important email account that you’ll need to register for online services
You learn at your own pacecompleting a short series of online practical bitesize courses
When you’ve mastered the basicsthere are more advanced courses available to suit your needs or interests
We have staff and volunteers available to help you at any stage
We start with the basics• How to use a keyboard and mouse• How to search and explore the internet• How to keep in touch with email• How to stay safe online and you can go on to learn things like• Shopping and managing your money online• Understanding public services online• Job hunting online• Socialising online• Photos online
Find a course near you…lancashire.gov.uk/events
Through our Digital Libraryyou can gain access to the best online resources
You can find out more about musicfrom subscription sources that we’ve paid so you don’t have
our Good Web Guidelists the best websites and online help
You can contact us email@example.com www.lancashire.gov.uk/digitallibrarywww.lancashire.gov.uk