MP3 players store thousands of digital music files on sleek, portable multimedia devices. Depending on its make and model, music aficionados can download single songs, entire albums or videos onto the player. Most music stores convert digital music to MP3 since it is the most popular and accessible file format for online streaming. Although paid subscription services clear copyright laws with record labels before posting music to the internet, many budget conscious consumers look for alternative free sites for downloading MP3s. Shareware sites like Beemp3.com allow users to post and download music with no account restrictions.
Search for music by clicking on any of the top download links on the Beemp3.com. To find music not listed as a top download, type the title of a song, album or artist in the orange search box.
Click a song title from the search results to open its download page. Check the duration to ensure that the song is a complete and not a partial file.
Locate the “Download Mp3 For Free” column to the right of the page. Enter the code in the captcha box to access the download.
Click the orange box labeled “Download mp3.” Test the sound quality of the file by scrolling down page and clicking the embedded music player.
Download the MP3 to a local computer by clicking the blue song title link. The song will automatically play within the computer’s default media player.
To save the file to a local computer for continued access, right click the blue link. Choose “Save target as” from the submenu.
Choose a folder on the local computer to contain the file and click “Save.” The MP3 will download into the designated folder.
Run anti-virus software to protect your computer while downloading MP3 files from shareware sites.
Downloading songs from unapproved subscription services is a potential copyright infringement. According to Beemp3.com’s disclaimer, the company does not host music on their servers and failure to delete downloaded songs could violate copyright laws.
Ashan R. Hampton is an instructor, multimedia specialist, author and commercial radio broadcaster/producer. She has earned certificates in information technology multimedia and instructional design. Hampton also holds an M.A. in English and is completing a doctorate in higher education administration.