There are no shortages of free download sites offering music, videos and games for your Zune. It is important to ask why, if they are so good, are they not used by everyone?
Why would millions of people pay for subscriptions to download files if they could get them for free?
The simple answer is, like most things in life, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is! Free download sites are fraught with problems and much can go wrong. When you have spent your hard-earned dollars on a new Zune, you are naturally eager to get it loaded up with all your favorite tracks and video. Two words often associated with the free sites are “overrated” and “disappointing” and this is most certainly true.
PROBLEMS WITH FREE SITES
* They are mostly illegal. By downloading from illegal sites you are committing a crime
* Downloads can be affected with viruses, thereby corrupting your PC
* Download speeds are usually slow and can be unreliable, often aborting a file part way through
* Free sites have little or no quality control. The material available is often substandard
* The choice of files available will be limited
* Customer support will be very limited or non-existent
* The details you provided when registering could be illegally passed on to other parties
PAID SUBSCRIPTION SITES
There are two types of subscription sites
Pay Per Download
With “Pay Per Download” sites, you pay a small fee each time you download a file. On first inspection, this seems like an economical way to buy your files. However, the cost can soon mount up if you are paying for each track or each movie you download.
One Off Subscription Fee (allowing unlimited downloads)
These offer incredible value for money as once you have made a payment, there are no limits to what you can download. People are often amazed at how economical the one-off fees are, often costing no more than a couple of CD’s and a DVD. For this you can virtually download whatever you want, when you want.
The benefits of one-off subscriptions far outweigh the pay-per-download fees unless you know you will definitely only be downloading a small number of files and that you will not require access again.
WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR IN A ONE-OFF SUBSCRIPTION SITE
A no questions asked money back guarantee
Availability any time of day or night, 7 days a week
A low-cost, competitive one-off fee
Immediate access to the site on purchase of a subscription
Easy to navigate site with step-by-step instructions
Good positive customer feedback
Real testimonials available to view
Excellent customer service department with quick response times
A large “library” of available music and videos available for download
Although this may appear to be a pretty demanding list of requirements, there are indeed sites which comply with each and every one. When looking for a download site for you Zune, do not even consider a site which does not meet all of the above criteria. When you look at just what you can expect from the best sites, it is apparent just what excellent value a one-off fee represents.
With the better subscription sites, words like “overrated” and “disappointing” are not words you will hear used!