Here’s how it went. My CD collection went into Rip. Mix. Burn. mode thanks to iTunes. And thanks to Napster, my music collection grew exponentially. You remember Napster, right? It was called ‘music sharing‘ back then and it brought free music to millions (back when the word sharing was a euphemism for stealing).
Today, the world’s largest music store is iTunes and you pay for the privilege of downloading music to your collection. Whatever happened to free music? It’s alive and well, too, thanks to apps like Any MP3 Downloader and a music industry that does not know what the hell it is doing to itself. Or, why.
Any MP3 Downloader is a Mac app which lets you search the web for music and click to download the aforementioned music to your Mac from whatever source is foolish enough to put music online.
The user interface is simple enough. Search, select, click to download. That’s about it.
Music can be obtained online by using the search field. Search by artist, album, decade, record label, music genre. Most music files are higher quality MP3s, and the app downloads more than one song at a time, and lets you listen as your Mac does the downloading.
Where does all the music you can download really come from? The sources are many and varied and you probably don’t want to know. Some are torrents which is a peer-to-peer file sharing technology which can be used to
appropriate share music for free.
Amazingly, Any MP3 Downloader works much the same way as Napster did way back in the day, and Napster was both free and illegal. Any MP3 Downloader is not free, but the developer claims the music plays nice-nice with the legalities, and the music selection seems large– but it’s not iTunes. I couldn’t find U2’s latest ‘Songs of Innocence‘ album at all.