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Downloading Classical Music Legally –
Free Downloads – Many people are under the wrong assumption that because a composers works are in the public domain, all of their music can be legally downloaded for free. Its true that the works of many classical composers fall into the public domain because they are so old.
What this means is that you can download copies of their written works for free. However, the performance that you are listening to is most likely not in the public domain, because it was recorded recently by an orchestra. Unless that orchestra has expressly stated that the recording of their performance is in the public domain, then its not. Be leery of free classical downloads as theyre most likely unlicensed.
Torrents – There are many torrents out there with titles and descriptions claiming that they contain the entire works of Mozart or Beethoven. They most likely also contain a virus. Torrents are never a good idea when it comes to getting your classical downloads. You should only get them from a trusted source so you can be sure there arent files on it that will harm your computer. Its better to pay a little and know what youre getting, than go the free route and roll the dice.
Paid Downloads – Paying for downloads is the safest bet, but you should also use good judgement. There are sites out there that will try to scam you into paying for music that isnt of the highest quality, or isnt what was stated in the description. Youll also get the added benefit of knowing what it is youre downloading before you download it, and you can be sure that the information is accurate. When it comes to classical music, many of the songs sound similar, and it can also be hard to tell if a certain orchestra is indeed the one that is giving the performance. When you buy your downloads youll know that you are getting the right song, from the right orchestra.
Trying to find classical downloads? Passionato is the place to go. They have a huge selection from your favorite composers and can help you discover new ones. Check out their website for your listening pleasure: http://www.passionato.com