RT Cunningham

The Music I’m Getting while on Vacation in the United States

music It may not sound like a big deal, but I dislike paying for music I’ve already paid for many times over. I shouldn’t have to pay top dollar for the media it’s on. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to prove I’ve paid for anything in most cases.

I’m sure the RIAA hates customers like me. I don’t pay for music anymore and I obtain it legally.

Music on YouTube and Web Browser Extensions

There are more than a couple of Firefox extensions designed to convert the audio in YouTube videos into music files. I prefer the full bitrate for MP3 files. I don’t have to use Firefox because those extensions point to the web sites that do the actual conversions.

I like the “Simple YouTube to MP3/MP4 Converter” extension when I’m using Firefox. When I’m using Chrome, I just go to the “Simple YouTube Converter” website and enter the YouTube URL.

Is Downloading Music This Way Illegal?

There are some specific provisions in copyright laws. None of them apply to downloading only, unless it’s a pirate ring or something. I won’t use a bittorrent client with any entertainment source because it uploads and downloads at the same time. There is no such thing as unauthorized downloads.

Every web page visit is a download, even if it’s only to a web browser cache. It’s the uploading that gets people in trouble. No uploading or sharing, no problem.

I realize it’s going to take me a long time to acquire copies of the music I didn’t bring with me from the Philippines. I don’t mind. Other than writing here, I really don’t have much else to do. I just started doing this yesterday and I already have more than 40 songs downloaded.

My Music Goal

I have no intention of replenishing my entire music collection. I only need enough songs to listen to while I’m doing my thing. When I’m not using my laptop, I don’t care for any of it.

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RT Cunningham
June 23, 2018
Entertainment and Recreation