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




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 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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    Ditto.... Unless you're just converting your vinyl to digital format (as stated in the intro).

    ...but not in the final step... It would also be nice to explain, step by step, the process rather than how to install the programs. Also... That mp3 posted in the final step is not legal.

    I believe most people have morals and it is an innate sense to want to do what is right, to help the person up that stumbles in the street, etc. Laws are only as good as the people that right them and enact them. I imagine there are instances when one may be morally correct but against the "law'. Plus this particular topic is not black and white on what is legal and what is illegal.
    Let me offer an example, I just watched an interview of the lead singer of a band out of the Bay area that would prefer their music be downloaded off the internet (I guess one could say stolen) as it is free-market. Like others have stated before, musicians (and the artist stated this in the interview) rarely see much from the purchase of their albums or mp3s. They would prefer to be heard, have people come out and see them live and spend their money on a t-shirt, sticker, even their music at their vendor stand in the show. You are making certain assumptions I believe...correct me if I'm wrong...that you are ripping off the artist that used their creativity to bring this music about.
    Also, it's a tricky world to uphold one's own moral code. Do you buy any Kraft or Nestle products? If you did any research on these companies you would probably immediately stop if you were to stick to your morals. Kraft is rated #2 on the 10 worst companies on the planet for overall social and environmental record, Nestle #6) Do you ever shop at Wal-mart? The Multinational Monitor has them on their "Worst Corporation" List for 5+ years and they got the Greenwash Award for public deception. Nestle for instance has won the "Most Irresponsible" corporation award, practices aggressive takeovers of family farms, are involved in child slavery lawsuits, not to mention the whole Gerber baby food fiasco.(some of their water brands alone include Arrowhead, San Peligrino, Perrier & ice creams Dreyers & Haagen-Daz - you can find a list on wikipedia;-). As we are more capitalist and consumerist than true democracy every dollar is a vote!

    the only way to really sho it step by step is to have a step for each picture so to follow the steps follow the pictures

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

    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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    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.

    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.

    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?

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

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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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