Getting Free Music Legally (and Converting It to MP3 Format)

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Introduction: Getting Free Music Legally (and Converting It to MP3 Format)

In this instructable i will show you how to get free music without downloading it or instead of hooking it up to the headphones jack you could hook it up to your record player and transfer your vinyl to MP3.

Step 1: Tools

1)LAME "LAME ain't an MP3 encoder"
2)Audacity "open source cross platform sound recorder
3)Weird cable

Step 2: Get Audacity

Start Internet, then go to Sourceforge.net and search for Audacity then download it.

Step 3: Setup Audacity

Follow the instructions to install Audacity.

Step 4: Download LAME

Go to Sourceforge.netand find and download LAME.

Step 5: Configure LAME

Now just follow the pictures Search for lame.exe go to the folder you downloaded it to.

Step 6: Plug Cable In

Plug the cable in to the front headphone and Mic jacks

Step 7: Now Turn Them Into MP3's

Follow where i click then enter the id3 data where i do id3s hold the data like song title and author

Step 8: Final Thoughts

Remember to open a new Audacity window every time on the id3 data doesn't stay the same. I don't know whats wrong but in stem seven you find some internet radio and when the music starts you hit record.

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    89 Discussions

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    theicemanx
    theicemanx

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Well all I will say is you get Caught then dont come crying here for sympathy........................... have a nice day!!

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    Doctor What
    Doctor What

    12 years ago on Introduction

    you know, there is a certain sound recorder out there, one which i am not at liberty to mention, that can record the sound that you are listening to, from a hypothetical streaming music site, and can record from the beginning to the end, without stopping at sixty seconds.

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    uberchoob
    uberchoob

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Audacity will do that. BTW you don't need to use a cable to patch the signal back in. All you need to do is:

    Get your source ready to play

    open audacity and set the source to "what you hear" instead of mic or line input

    hit record on audacity

    play your source audio

    SHIZAM, instant 'free' music without the patch cable. The program will take the signal straight from your sound card and record it on file.

    I know the "what you hear" source is available in the latest beta version (1.3xx I think?), but I'm not sure if it's available in the "stable" version (1.2xx).
    I've never had a problem with the new beta, it's just a pain since the saved file format isn't backwards compatible, so if you save a file in beta, you can't open it in the stable version.

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    sk8er6
    sk8er6

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    theres a very easy way to do this without getting that double ended headphone cord. you can even use the stock "sound recorder" that comes with windows. And I don't see how recording internet radio is illegal when its not illegal to dub tapes of real radio.

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    talons
    talons

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I didn't see a "what you hear" option. Only line in, aux, mono, stereo etc I have the newest beta version. Am I doing something wrong?

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    uberchoob
    uberchoob

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    not sure, I'm on vacation right now, but I'll check out the program as soon as I get back.

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    uberchoob
    uberchoob

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks nf119, Stereo Mix is the new name for the old "what you hear" option. I've used audacity regularly with about 7 different computers and they all support Stereo Mix.

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    nf119
    nf119

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Some sound cards don't have this function. Try Wave, Wave Out or Stereo Mix (if they are in your list). Wave and Stereo Mix works for me. Basically just test everything in you list.

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    McElmire
    McElmire

    11 years ago on Introduction

    So aside from all the politics of music that's been discussed, you've gone into pretty good details other than the cord used. Where did you get it and what is it called?

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    Anonymouth
    Anonymouth

    13 years ago

    There's an easy way to get around all of this. You can avoid a lot of hassle by just STEALING the damn music. The S.W.A.T. team is not going to bust your door down. And don't feel guilty about hurting the artists. The fact is the artists never see a dime in royalties until they've repaid all of the money fronted to them by the record companies. The record companies have tons of little dirty tricks hidden away in their obliquely worded contracts to keep as much money as possible out of the artists' hands. Artists make their money from touring, merchandise sales and publishing (assuming they write their own songs). The label has to pay the songwriter for permission to put each song on each cd manufactured (this is works out to about $0.60 per cd - the label keeps the rest - think about that when you drop $12 or more on a cd at a music store). Music that's freely passed around helps artists by turning people on to their music without requiring access to mtv or radio play. People hear a band's music and if they like it, they go to shows to see them live. That's where the artists make their money. Stealing music hurts big acts like Madonna or U2. Therefore I take the moral stand not to steal their horrible music. So there you go. Don't feel sorry for the big 3. Find good music and support the bands directly.

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    pyromanizak
    pyromanizak

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    thats not someone very smart to post on a public website. but still that is true

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    jimtran93
    jimtran93

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    dude, #@%$ being smart -_- u have to admit, tons of people do it.. and it is now made easier because of iTunes removing the security thing on songs....

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    Full Frontal Graphic
    Full Frontal Graphic

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    That's a very good argument for artists adopting a new distribution model. It isn't a good argument for stealing music. But I entirely agree with the spirit of your post, that it is better to support bands directly than to support a corporate middleman that keeps the lion's share of the profit.

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    DjProToJeeX
    DjProToJeeX

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    like radio head you can get it for free and if you like radio head enough you can buy it. that way if your a real fan and support them you will purchase there tracks. and well they have sold a couple mil so that says something.

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    Aeshir
    Aeshir

    Reply 13 years ago

    Bravo mate! I look forward to my next Limewire spree!

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    reine
    reine

    12 years ago on Introduction

    another topic....and the same: a part from some rare, expensive, and ultra speciallised software running only on windows(R) (and some windowsPC based games), you REALLY don't need that lame operating system any more! Try a UBUNTU GNU/Linux system: even Photoshop for windows can now run on linux with the last version of WINE(v.1.01), included in the distrib. then you won't look for softs for this, for that. Lame(i mean the MP3 one!), audacity, running natively, double fast at least, and all the tools you can dream off. I read: .mov, .mp3, .oog(much better), .wmv, etc...EVERYTHING!, even things under DRM. And, not to forget: Audacity, Firefox, OpenOffice, VLC(reads everything), creative commons, and so on, were NOT created by MICROsomething, they were ported to winwin$oft, to help you, abused people, to test what is freedom in your computing uses (you LEGALLY own free software). hoping you will see the light , you won't be decieved. Keep on trucking, Reine from f.....g France.(scuse, english not perfect!).