Introduction: How to Never Pay for Music

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In this instructable, learn how you never will have to pay for music... and yet there is no spyware and no viruses. A basic knowlege of computer and internet workings is required for this article.

Step 1: Supplies

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You will need the following materials:
Audiacity editor: (link)

A working highspeed-like internet connection. If you don't have one, try AT&T Yahoo. (link)

In addition you will need a sound card that can record Stereo Mix or a double miniplug cable.

Once you have all the supplies EXCEPT the double miniplug cable, proceed to the next step to determine if you will need the cable.

Step 2: Determine If You Need a Double Miniplug Cable

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This is a really simple step. Open Audacity and open the little menu highlighted in the picture. If you see Line Out, Stereo Out, or Stereo Mix, you do not need the Double Miniplug Cable.
Otherwise, head to Best Buy, CompUSA, or 'the Shack' (RadioShack).

Step 3: Plug in the Cable

(skip this step if you do not need a cable)

Now you need to plug in your cable. Plug one end into your microphone in port and the other into your headphones out port.

Step 4: Get Some Free Music

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You may be wondering, where will all this music come from? Open a new browser window and type in Click the red-boxed link. "Not Ready to Get Napster? Click Here". This will take you to the page of any free music you like. But don't listen to anything quite yet. We want to record it so you can keep it past the three plays-per-song limit.

Step 5: Disclaimer

I am not responsible for any legal issues you get into by sharing this music illegally.
By continuing to step 6 you indemnify me from any and all legal issues you get into by sharing this music. If you don't agree, click here.

Step 6: Ready and Record

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Your cable should be in. You have agreed to my disclaimer. You are on the Napster site.
Find the free music you want. Start Audacity recording on Stereo Mix/Out or Line Out, or Microphone if you use a cable, then play your music. If you use a cable you will not hear anything. Audacity will be recording. Then when the song finishes, stop recording. Export as a WAV file. Now you have music. Absolutely free. Proceed to suck every single song down from Who needs $8.95 per month?

Step 7: Alternative Method

Get some P2P software, bundled with a couple quarts of spyware and a bottle of viruses. Then sift through have a dozen fake songs to find the real one. Have fun.

Step 8: Conclusion

I've just shown you how to get almost every single song in the world for free. Tell your friends. Comment.


Derin (author)2008-11-18

*cough* i havent experienced problems*cough*

sashadalton43 (author)Derin2008-11-30

*cough* LOL *cough*

nasty coughs you have there, did you catch a virus???

I get it, hahaha

They might've gotten it from Limewire...

ReCreate (author)Axel_Freelancer2009-02-02


satori0320 (author)2010-06-24

People if you dont know yet Lime,frost,bearshare,ALL of those are open P2P sharing=very dangerous .For your PC and issues with the law.Bit torrents are MILES safer than P@P,and if you're not "selling" what your downloading there's no worry.......As far as recording try this Works like a charm!!!!!

obstructio (author)2006-12-26

BitComment + ThePirateBay + BushTorrent Spyware? Fake songs? A thing of the past, my friend... [educational uses only] trebuchet03, I think most people who pirate music fully understand the implications of it. Many of them also understand that if they are going to live a life, they need to live it - not let a bunch of greedy RIAA bastards tell them what to do.

biffula (author)obstructio2007-01-31

"not let a bunch of greedy RIAA bastards tell them what to do." Ah another brain dead anarchist. I got news for all you dimbulbs. The artists and music companies own the music!! It's only for those who legally pay for it. If we were all to decide which products in life we felt like paying for or ripping off your life would be soon be a disastrous hell(well I am leaping a huge chasm here and assuming it's not already - but since you at least have access to a computer and a means to listen to music, I'll assume you at least have a job and or the means to buy things).

obstructio (author)biffula2009-08-12

I support bands I enjoy by seeing live concerts and buying merchandise directly through them. Let me break it to you: The majority of CD profits do not go to the band. Sorry to interrupt your dreamworld where there is no such thing as greed.

myrhymeandreason (author)biffula2007-06-30

I agree that this is a stupid argument. I personally do not have the money to go out and buy a CD, even at half price, yet I have a computer. It was given to me. Just one of the issues in your statement. Oh, another thing... don't call people brain dead.

your brain dead just funny

kn100 (author)myrhymeandreason2007-08-03

if they were to charge like 2 pounds for a cd, then may be i would buy it, but NO WAY am i paying 16.99 for one disk i can do myself for about 30 pence cost of cd+electricity used

Roflolommo (author)biffula2007-04-05

i personally dont think theres anything morally wrong with this not that i ever do but i already listen to music for free on aol radio cuase im to lazy to look up music on the internet so why not just record some so i can bring it around with me.

Yeah, record companies don't make money by way of radio or streaming music online, so what is the difference?

Actually they do get paid royalties by the station/website, but I'm not against pirating. I do however believe that if you really like a song you should buy it tp support the artist so that they can make more songs that you will probably like.

Ouch (author)biffula2007-02-01

This is a pointless argument.

Ouch (author)obstructio2006-12-28

Yes, actually. I am starting a new guide, a shortened version of which will be on instructables (I am publishing it in book form) - How To REALLY Never Pay For Music: The Ultimate Guide to Music Downloading. It will include BitTorrent, LimeWire, and all of the other methods in feedback I have received from instructables. FYI - everyone who said to use firefox, i am using it now and will use it always. Thanks for the advice. I am not leaving instuctables, but will spend considerably less time here as I have in the past.

ReCreate (author)2009-02-02

i use my trusty firefox addon called "download helper"
it picks up mp3 files that are played in a webpage it works well for
if you run out of plays just create a second user and download in that one!

cornflaker (author)2009-01-12

Dude you left a comment on a similar instructable that used a mic instead and said that there way was stupid, but yours is too, just use the stereo mix on your computer. NO mic OR cables are needed, you are able to bypass the sound card all together so its easier and you get perfect quality (until its compressed)

junits15 (author)2008-11-02

just go here playlist

wetwillie73 (author)2007-11-11

my only problem with this method is that audiacity is a virus

Phychotics (author)wetwillie732007-11-14

audacity is not a virus..its like the best free audo software ever.

reaper666 (author)Phychotics2007-12-11

sonar is way better than audacity

anor09 (author)reaper6662008-06-13

Yes but sonar is not (technically) free

collard41 (author)anor092008-10-25

even better still is Adobe Soundbooth. although it is technically 'not free'. i have other means.

gamefreak171 (author)wetwillie732008-03-30

i use audacity all the time and i have no virus. get it from and there is no virus on it. you are being misinformed by garageband fanatics.

collard41 (author)2008-10-25

there is a good one called Tunebite that uses the same way as the audacity thing and it removes the DRM off the music.

Llewner (author)2008-09-10

And where is the instructable to overcome the crap quality?

ktree (author)2008-06-16

Here are some perfectly legal free alternatives that are out there if people are interested.


Cerranuss (author)ktree2008-07-10

what i do is load up windows movie makere, clck narrate timeline, change the input to studio somthing, and then load up a song on the internet and then click record. then just save it as the name of the song and then there go. and the good thing is, u get to listen to it as u r downloading it

salbabob (author)Cerranuss2008-07-23

where is narrate timeline?

Cerranuss (author)salbabob2008-07-24

its under the sub menue "audio input source"

salbabob (author)Cerranuss2008-07-24


four_eyes954 (author)2008-02-16

just get limewire

Derin (author)four_eyes9542008-06-09


ARIrish (author)2008-04-10

Only read a handful of comments, but has nobody thought to point out just how large wav files are? You should at least include a couple more steps on converting your songs into a decent format.

knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2008-03-18

just dowload limewire

ghostaliaz (author)2008-03-09

People here's a clue (Caugh) (Google Search) or just go here ( & put in your artist & it will search google for you. It can even be changed to fine any format like say a video,ebook(pdf-chm-doc-text) file of any kind on servers that are open. like this example to search for a ebook on (Linux for dummies) here it is ( -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" +("/ebooks"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip) +"linux for dummies" "Last Modified"

& for audio here is an example ( intitle:index.of +”last modified” +”parent directory” +(mp3|wma|ogg) +"Bob Marley" -htm -html -php -asp

enjoy people & use your imagination to search for any ext format.

rocksalt2342 (author)2008-01-12

someone told me Napster is a P2P (peer to peer) sharing
which can land you in serious jail time. instead, go
to projectplaylist

twenglish1 (author)rocksalt23422008-02-09

correct me if i am wrong but p2p is not illegal its only illegal if you sell the music or whatever you are downloading

rocksalt2342 (author)twenglish12008-02-09

yeah... but peer to peer sharing lets others access your computer, and hackers just looove that

twenglish1 (author)rocksalt23422008-02-09

i've been doing it for a very long time and i havent had any problems with hackers, just watch what your downloading

tony_from_ky (author)2008-01-01

I know this is off the wallbut I think I have read every post and instructable on herebut does anyone know where I can buy or learn how to build a specific cable for an Oregon Scientific WAV DJ VM-108? If you go to the website ,they no longer make or support it,but there in one page ,they show a cable that looks like an ethernet cable that plugs into the WAV DJ,and the other end of that cable,it is split into a PS2 port and a 9 Pin Serial port,and the PS2 port,has an opening on the back of it,so that you can still plug in the keyboard.Evidently,the cable is powered from the PS2 port and delivers the power to the RJ45 that plugs into the WAVDJ and the return data is sent into the DB9 or serial port to the computer..If anyone has some kind of knowledge on how to build a cable such as this,please let me know or direct me to where to learn to build one or have one built.

whatsisface (author)2007-08-17

This is probably going to sound dumb, but where did you get that theme for XP? I've seen it all over and can't seem to locate it

GunnerRecall (author)whatsisface2007-12-21

limewire users definitely better upgrade to frostwire!

Also, whatsisface this is a good site for xp themes and you will need the free software that they offer or, if you are a pirate like my self, you may want to look for a TuneUp Utilities 2007 torrent...that program is awesome!!! hahayayyywhatarunonsentenceohwell

unknown04guy (author)whatsisface2007-12-16

That theme is the Windows Media Center theme. If you want something that looks exactly like it, for Windows XP, click here:

reaper666 (author)2007-12-11

ya that would work, but you need really good quality headphones and mic, otherwise the music has horrible quality.

messitup (author)2007-12-02

i need a virus sent if someone can please do this for me.... let me know THANKS

Toulouse (author)2007-11-07

I have done this with a program called "Audio Hijack Pro" on my macintosh. I am looking for a program on linux that is capable of this. This is a great way to "infinitely listen" to music

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