Download MP3s for almost free! That is right. Free! Surprised? Before, I was. I thought that when the good old days when Napster reigned supreme and shut down it was the end of free music. They say piracy is illegal. True. But piracy is kind of a broad subject that every action has to be identified if it is illegal or not.

There are services such as BearShare that offer free music downloads. And this is not piracy, nor illegal. These are legit. To begin with, not everything is for sale. Some are just free, even those music from well known artists. What about the other songs then, you ask? They have this business rule to implement a sort of premium service where you can buy songs at very cheap prices. Think iTunes. Their business model revolves around this one but I do not like iTunes because I am restricted to find any music I like using only that software. And I am no fan of iTunes, using it only to sync apps.

What is a good alternative? I believe there are others that follow this business model yet offers tons of free music downloads to your device or desktop. I can recommend you to check out BearShare because even I have used it to get free downloads. If you have used peer to peer softwares then you won’t be a stranger to this one because it works the same way.

Amongst its attractive features include faster downloads, millions of songs to download and listen to, the ability to buy songs, state of the art search tools and other music related features like playlists, moods, artist biographies and discographies.

When you look at the service closely, you will find out that it is not just a peer to peer network. It is also a community where you will be able to interact with other users. Oh yeah, you also do not have to worry about possible spyware, malware and other viruses because this software is free from any of those.

Some countries do enforce strict rules regarding piracy and illegal downloads. If you are afraid, then play it safe. Otherwise, there really is nothing to worry about using this service. Download to your heart’s content. If songs you find offer premium prices, a few cents won’t hurt.

Using Google can be a bit of a hassle to search for music. A software where you can do a lot of other things other than searching is surely a great compliment to get free music downloads.

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