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  5. Bring on the Music

Now that you understand digital audio and have downloaded some audio programs, you need some music to play with. Your options include:

- Music you've already got -- Your CD collection, your tape collection, your record collection, tunes you have downloaded from iTunes and Amazon and Google Play, even your 8-tracks. For example, you can take your CDs and rip the tracks you want straight into your computer with Blaze Audio RipEditBurn Plus and go from there. Tapes and records (and 8-tracks as well) can be converted to digital files easily using our tutorial on the subject.

- You can record your own -- Use digital recording programs like our RipEditBurn Plus to record yourself singing or playing an instrument. Record your band. Record your choir. Record an interview. Record your kids. Record the daily pedestrian noises on your street. Record that great story your grandfather tells so well. The world is full of sound waiting to be captured.

- The Internet is full of music. Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, iTunes, Rdio, Rhapsody, Lastfm, eMusic, and many other sites offer music. Many websites including Reverbnation, SoundCloud, and MySpace and YouTube allow emerging artists to present their music to attract fans. There are music communities, podcast sites- maybe we don't have as many record stores any more, but what we have on the internet is much more interesting!

- MIDI files, both with karaoke attributes and without, are also widely available. Many good websites for karaoke files are listed on our Karaoke page. As always, using the search engines with search strings like "MIDI files" or "mp3 _artist name_" is another good way to find music.

As always, be aware that external sites are not under the control of Blaze Audio, nor do we take responsibility for their content. Use your virus-protection software and your common sense. Happy hunting!

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