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Most computers today come with sound cards and speakers. Soon you find out that you can play music cd's on your computer. Then you discover that there are lots of music and sound effects available for your listening pleasure on the Internet. This is where you use some sound search techniques to find that sound file.

Again you want to remember that sounds and music have copyrights as well. Always look to see if you are allowed to download any of the music or sounds or just listen to it on your computer. There is a big tug of war between the music companies and those who are promoting individual owner rights, and what is legal and what is not legal. Both groups are submitting many proposals to our legal system involving copyright legalities. Just be aware of this fact and use some common sense, and you should be just fine.

The first sound search technique to use, are from search engines that have a sound index link. All the Web has a MP3 tab (MP3 are music files). Terra Lycos has a link to search by MP3 files. Alta Vista has an audio search link. Yahoo has a music link that takes you to a page to launch music videos and online music stations. You would simply type in the name of the song or musical artist or type of music or sound effect in the search area and then click on the MP3/Audio/Sound/Music link instead of the web link.

Another sound search technique to use is to use the search engines that focus on the sound files. Below is a list of those web sites.

Be careful of what is free and what is not free. There are many types of music files, and many web sites to promote them. Some web sites may ask you to download a "plug-in program" to your browser to be able to play the music from their site. However most songs can probably be played with the Windows media player already on your computer system. Ending on this note - use common sense when you visit the different music web sites.



See ResourceRecommendations. Feel free to add additional resources to these lists, but please follow the guidelines on ResourceRecommendations including ResourceRecommendations#Guidelines_for_Rating_Resources.


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