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A senior's guide to downloading music

Feb 17, 2012, 8:21 a.m.

Now that music has gone digital, people no longer have to rely on commercial-riddled radio stations. They can access the music they want, when they want it. Unfortunately, countless individuals are missing out on some amazing music because they don't understand how the heck downloading works. Believe it or not, downloading music for seniors is super easy. Just follow these steps and you'll be dancing away to brand new music in no time!

Set Up a Digital Library

A digital library is a little like a CD collection, in that it organizes music by artist and album. The main difference, of course, is that a digital library stores music on the computer instead of on a shelf. Most people stick with the tried-and-true iTunes (which is pre-loaded on all Mac computers, but can be downloaded from the Apple website by anyone) or Windows Media Player (which is pre-loaded on all Windows computers), but there are other options available that can be downloaded off the web. Be prepared to fill out some information (darn forms!) before downloading a new digital library.

Import Music

Constantly tripping over albums from a massive CD collection, or struggling to keep the right disc in the right case? Good news: Almost all audio discs can be stored on the computer. Just stick that old Bob Dylan CD in the computer's disc drive and click "yes" when the computer asks to import the songs (this prompt will appear from whichever digital library that is the default on the computer).

Download Music

But maybe that old Bob Dylan CD has been played one too many times and it's time for something new. No problem! Most digital libraries (whichever has been downloaded on the computer -- iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc.) have an online music store that sells all kinds of songs and albums -- and is available at any time as long as the computer is connected to an Internet source. It doesn't matter if it's rap or polka music -- the wonderful world of online music makes sure everything is instantly available.

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