Media junkies, tech geeks, and casual music and cinema fans the world over are constantly searching for a new, more efficient way to acquire and entertain themselves with as much music and movies as humanly possible. Gone, unfortunately are the days of Napster and other primal search engines that allowed every college underclassman to seamlessly infiltrate an Internet stuffed like a turkey with smorgasbord music, movies and media items, and allow them to listen or view on their own computer.
Since then, the invention of the MP3 player, namely the iPod has taken over the world. Millions upon millions of people who have turned to this medium for the convenience of entertainment on-the-go, still face the same problem of where to acquire such media. With the large number of peer-to-peer file sharing programs turning into pay services, things get hairy pretty quickly unless you’re independently wealthy. The cost of downloading (without walking a thin line with the RCAA) and especially buying the necessary software can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars.
What’s more, there are websites out there who offer free downloads, but neglect to mention the awesome bonus prize of sending out an invasion force of spy-ware and Trojans to attack your systems as if they were the Mexican Army and your computer was the Alamo. I have tried various services within the vast scope of the internet who offer “free downloads” or “unlimited downloads,” most of them, with 100% flawed results. In this day in age the amount of people who are practically foaming at the mouth to rip you off leave me flabbergasted.
Recently, a buddy of mine turned me onto yet another type of download service, but this time it was a bit different. Most download sites will charge you per download or per month, but there are a select few that give you lifetime memberships. For us media junkies, that is a great thing to hear. All the content you want for one price. With the amount I use my iPod, I definitely wanted new content at the push of a button. Some of these sites offer music, movies, videos, and even TV shows as soon as you hear about them, and even whole albums and TV series. At first, I was very skeptical because of my past history with these services, but it seemed like I found a winner finally.
Make sure you do your research though and read the fine print. Not all of these one-time-fee sites are great. Don’t fall into the trap of sites that offer a lifetime fee, and promise you content that they don’t even offer without an “extra” fee. There are lots of articles and message boards out there that review these types of sites, so make sure you check them out first.
I’ve been building my library for the past week now, and I have everything I could ever think I wanted, and then some, all for a low one time fee. My commute to work seems more entertaining than ever, and now I’ve even turned my friends into iPod owners just because of services like these.