Allofmp3.com, one of the top mp3 download sites in the world for people looking for mp3 mp3 downloads, allowing people do to an mp3 search of the works of thousands of popular artists, and then download the mp3s for as little as ten cents, has been closed down by the Russian government in a bid to gain membership in the World Trade Organization. Allofmp3.com was considered a barrier to entry for Russia, with what has been estimated to be the world’s largest collection of pirated music, all available as low cost and even nearly free mp3 downloads to Allofmp3’s 5.5 million customers.
However, as soon as Allofmp3.com was shut down, a new site – mp3Sparks.com – opened, run by the same company as had run Allofmp3, and looking nearly identical to Allofmp3.com.
What this means for Russia’s bid for WTO membership, we don’t know. But we do know what it means for the musical artists whose songs are available, illegally, through the site. Downloading pirated music – music that one should otherwise pay for – truly does take money out of the artist’s pocket. [For an explanation of how that works, read our article here.]
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Now, there are plenty of sites that legitimately offer low cost or even free mp3 downloads. But Allofmp3.com and now mp3Sparks.com aren’t among them.
Typically, the sites that offer free mp3 music downloads are sites carrying works of new and upcoming independent artists. Some good examples of such free mp3 music download sites include the Peoplesound free mp3 downloads site for emerging artists, and the ArtistDirect free mp3 music download area.
A good rule of thumb is that if a site is offering mega-star music mp3s for a price far below the standard price of 79 to 99 cents per mp3, then there is a good chance that it’s illegal, pirated music.
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