I'm sure you are probably aware that you can download music and movies for free on the Internet. What you may not be aware of however is that this is sometimes not safe and even in certain circumstances, illegal. In this article I will go over several different methods for getting free media on the Internet.
Over the past few years there has been a lot of hype surrounding 'BitTorrent'. This is a highly efficient protocol that allows users to download a huge amount of data relatively fast. Each user downloading supplies parts of the files to other users. Although this way of obtaining files is great, many of the sites that use this are illegal in the United States. The corporations that manage the music and movie industries actively monitor many of these sites and in many cases sue people for using them. You should definitely be careful when dealing with any sites that use BitTorrent to obtain music and movies.
Usenet is a global, decentralized, distributed Internet discussion system. Over the course of the last decade people have figured out ways to distribute files over Usenet, encoding them into messages. The files have to be broken up over many messages, and a lot of the time files will be incomplete. There is also a lot of illegal content on Usenet. While it is harder to track people who obtain files there, it is not impossible. Usenet is somewhat hard to navigate, and requires sufficient knowledge about computers.
Recently there have been sites springing up like Unlimited Download Center. These sites offer unlimited downloads for a one time payment. I have found that these sites are great because they do the work for you. You don't have to bother with worrying about spyware, viruses or anything else that may come up. Everything is right there for you. These sites are what I use personally and I recommend them. Pay once, and you're set!
Getting unlimited free music and movies is great, it's just best to keep things safe. There is no sense ruining your computer or even worse, getting in trouble with the law. I'm off to get some new music!