Hi there! This Instructable shows you how to "download" any song you want to your computer, absolutely free.
From this Instructable, you'll be able to save to your hard drive your favorite music, expanding your music library.
Note: this system requires no outside reworking of your computer: no cables, no amps, nothing.
Step 1: How it Works
This system is the equivalent of plugging in a microphone and recording the music as it comes out of your speakers. However, this way, no quality is lost, because the audio being recorded has never actually left the sound card.
Legality: internal recording is legal under the DMCA, because it's essentially the equivalent of recording radio. (Note: I might be wrong, so don't sue me.)
Step 2: What You'll Need
Here's what you'll need:
1. Audacity: if you don't have this, get it. It's a wonderful (free) audio-editing app. This will also serve as the recording station for your music.
2. SoundFlower: this is the essential piece. If you can't get this, just go back to your torrents. This is the program that make the recording possible. And it's free, too.
3. LAME mp3 encoder: save this in a place where you'll remember it, because Audacity's gonna ask for it.
That's it. Now you've got to configure.
Step 3: Configure
1. Go ahead and install and run both SoundFlower and Audacity.
2. In Audacity, under Preferences, click "Recording" and set the Input to "SoundFlower (2 channels)."
3. Launch System Preferences-->Sound. Under "Sound Effects," make sure that the box labeled "Play user interface sound effects" is unchecked. Under "Output" and "Input," set "Soundflower (2 channels)" as the device.
You're now ready to record.