"MP3s in general and the Napster service in particular have been
getting a lot of press lately. Because the official Napster client
is Windows-only, some new Linux users think that there aren't
similar tools available to them for MP3 finding and sharing.
Fortunately, this is not the case. This NHF will show you what
programs are available for finding,sharing and MP3s under
"MP3 is just a file format, so there is nothing illegal about
them per se. However, be aware that it is a violation of copyright
law to download MP3s of copyrighted songs you don't own. There are
a large of number of legally released MP3s (particularly from
independent bands) that you are allowed to download. In spite of
this, the vast majority of MP3s people actually download are songs
(or even whole albums) that they don't have the rights to. The ease
with which they allow people to get the music they want without
having to pay for albums is what makes MP3s so controversial."
"In the bad old days, the only way to find MP3s (beyond trading
them with friends) was to search online, either using a general
search engine like AltaVista, or a specialize MP3 search engine
like Scour. Unfortunately, most of the links returned were either
dead, were for password-protected sites or were were ratio sites
(ones where you must upload a certain number of MP3s for every one
you download.) To make things even worse, Scour requires you to use
the "Scour Media Agent," a Windows-only program."
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