MP3 Downloading Instructions

by Nick Davis

A MP3 file is a compressed digital music file. MP3 files generally are available on the Internet for downloading to your computer or transferring to a audio player like an iPod or other music device. Downloading and saving an MP3 file to your computer takes just a few steps.

MP3 Websites

Visit one of many websites that sell MP3 files--Amazon.com, Walmart.com, iTunes.com, Napster.com and MP3Download.net are a few big ones. Most of them require you to register a user account. Most sites charge a fee for downloading MP3 files. Typically, a membership allows you to download a certain number of MP3 files each month. Files can be purchased with a credit card or gift card.

MP3 Usage

MP3 files generally are intended for personal, non-commercial use. You are allowed to burn the files to a compact disc, play them on your computer or transfer them to your MP3 player. But you are not allowed to copy them for friends or use them for a commercial purpose.

Downloading an MP3 File to a PC

To download an MP3 file to your PC, right-click on the Download option of the MP3 file and select "Save Target As" if you are using Internet Explorer or "Save Link As" if you are using Firefox. Next, navigate to the directory where you want the file to be saved. Once the download is complete, you can open the file to play it or transfer it to your MP3 player.

Playing MP3 Files on a Windows System

To play your downloaded MP3 file, open it in Windows Media Player, Real Player or any other music player.

Downloading an MP3 File to a Mac

To download an MP3 file to your Macintosh computer, control-click on the "Download" option of the MP3 file and select "Save this link as." Select the directory where you want the file to be saved. Once the file is downloaded, open the MP3 file in your favorite music player or transfer it to your iPod or other MP3 player.

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About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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