Is There An Allofmp3 Alternative ?

Since the massively popular (and subsequently found to be legal) mp3 download site shut down, music download fans all over the internet have been looking for a reliable alternative to allofmp3.com.

In it’s last days, many sites appeared overnight to capitalise on the appetite of thousands of mp3 download fans. These sites promised the same high quality, low cost music store experience. Unfortunately most of them were shockingly poor, offering low quality rehashes of other sites’ libraries, and many stopped being available at no notice. Worrying if you had credited your account and suddenly had no access to downloads or any chance of a refund….

So what were the criteria that had thousands regularly recharging their accounts at allofmp3 before it was forced to shutdown?

Basically, the tracks were cheap & the quality very high, and the music selection was massive – ranging from all current new releases of all music styles, to the latest charts and an impressive back catalogue of albums stretching back to the sixties. And all tracks were DRM free, meaning they could be played on any mp3 player.

So where do you download mp3s now?

You have three options when it comes to finding low cost, high quality music on the internet. Pay per download, file sharing or streaming.

With pay per download, it is normal to charge your account in advance (using a credit card), and this amount is then reduced as you buy music. Once your account is at zero you can charge your account again and carry on. Some sites offer incentives of extra tracks or bonus credits if you credit your account at a particular level (say $30). Before you do this, always try to ensure the site has enough music to cover your credit, and more importantly has been around long enough that you’re happy it isn’t going to disappear overnight.

There are many, many of these sites available. We have reviewed the ones we consider to be the best, using the criteria of music selection, ease of use and value for money.

Our favourite overall site? Read our Soundike review here

Best for bonus credits? Check out our Mp3Sale review

Cheapest downloads (and craziest colourscheme!)? A Mp3Panda review is here

Longest standing site? Legalsounds review

File sharing has been around since well before allofmp3. Basically you join a network, where everyone on the network allows sharing of some or all of their personal mp3s. If the network is large, you have access to literally millions of files to share (or download for free, depending on your point of view). In the early days these sites were free to use, but subsidised themselves with loads of annoying adware, and in some cases, spyware. If file sharing is the way you want to go, join a network that is guaranteed to be clear of adware and spyware. These networks charge a nominal membership, but then all downloads are free. Although the dust has settled somewhat and (most of) the cowboys have moved on, there is still varying quality in the level of sites that remain. Check out our blog – It monitors the current players, and recommends the best allofmp3 alternative.

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