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Free White Noise – Just How “Free” is It, Really?

“Free white noise!” If you’re looking for white noise for free (also known as white sound), especially free downloads for sleep, relaxation, meditation or blocking out noises, you may see tons of sites online offering short white sound clips for free. However, the adage ‘the best things in life are free’ in this case may not apply.

To help you be a smarter consumer, consider these elements when you are thinking about obtaining downloads from free white noise sites:

Length of Sound Track — Too Short Means Annoying Gaps

Many free white noise sites offer sound clips that may be 30 to 60 seconds long. Yes, you may be able to download the free clip and then play it via the repeat function on your player. However, even if you are an audiophile or techno-geek, looping free sounds together can cause annoying sound gaps that can defeat the purpose of listening to white noise. (Have you ever tried relaxing to short sound bursts mixed with dead silence? Ugh!) 

Look to purchase, from a reputable provider, a CD or mp3 download that offers at least 74 minutes or more of uninterrupted white sound, avoiding those deadly gaps of no sound. Such CDs are designed to be used with your player’s “repeat” function to play the 74-minute white sound over and over. You can also download and ‘repeat-play’ the sound on your mp3 player or iPodĀ®, too.

Recording Quality — Your Ears Can Tell!

The higher the sound quality, the better the sound. Most online free white noises are available in mono at a very low bit rate, which is relatively low quality sound. That’s probably why they can offer their sound at no cost. White noise that has been recorded in full spectrum digital stereo is your best bet. Believe me, your ears and brain can tell the difference! And isn’t your sleep health worth more than just a free download from a web site you may not be familiar with?

Sound Quality — The Higher the Quality, The More Effective The Sound

This is probably the most important factor in your decision! Listen first before you download. Since these white sounds are usually generated using a random binary number process, they can be very harsh and abrasive (not something you want to play for very long!) and can lead to ear fatigue and even headaches. Or, some free sources are obtained by putting a cheap computer microphone over a white noise machine or generator (which has very poor quality sound to start with) and recording 30 to 60 seconds of this very poor sound, further compromising the audio quality and effectiveness. The end result is a very rough, scratchy and tinny sounding white noise that simply is not effective for relaxing, sleeping and masking bothersome noises.

Choose the Right Sound for Babies and Children

White noise is known for its ability to calm crying, fussy babies, especially those with colic, because the sh-h-h-h sound mimics the noisy, comfortable environment of the womb. However, your child’s hearing is still developing, so be careful with the sounds you choose for your babies or children. So, as a word of caution, it is suggested that you avoid playing free sounds for infants and children with their sensitive developing little ears. Instead, try using white sound audio CDs and mp3 downloads that have been specially created and produced for babies and children.

Who Are Those So-Called Free White Noise Sites, Anyway?

In this day and age, you can’t be too careful when downloading free sounds from the Internet. Ask yourself, what is the real reason the free sites want you to download their audio file onto your computer? Are they just harvesting your computer’s IP address? Do they just want your email address to sell and distribute to list companies? Do you know what you are actually downloading when you download a free white noise file? Does the site have security in place, such as displaying currently active, legitimate security seals that ensure the site and free download files are safe and secure from adware, spyware, malware and other malicious programs, tracking programs and Trojan viruses? Need we say more?

“One White Noise Fits All”? Not True!

It’s important to acquire the right white sound audio to fit your hearing, your mood and your specific situation. Most free white noise is available in only one sound. Instead, look for a site dedicated to offering only the highest quality white sound audio. Note, too, how many different sounds of white noise are available to choose from, in terms of tone, pitch, with music or without music, and sources of sound, such as rain, thunder, wind, ocean waves and sea sounds. The sites should also include free sample sound clips that you can listen to and compare to any free white noise.

Bottom line — be smart! Your hearing and your sense of well-being are too important to risk to save a few pennies. In the end, free white noise could be more “expensive” in more ways than one.

Tips on Downloading Music to Your IPhone Without Spending a Lot of Money

For many iPhone enthusiasts, ability to download their favorite musics to their iPhones cheaply or even freely is one of the top priorities. If you do own an iPhone, I am sure you too have been trying to figure out how to download your favorite musics in the most cost-effective way.

I see there are many iPhone users who spend a lot of money in those pay per track music download websites. If you are downloading music to your iPhone from such websites on a regular basis, you may want to sit down and calculate the amount of money you spend over a year. You may be shocked to find out that your music download expenses can even get you another brand new iPhone.

You can forget about those pay per track music download websites and peer-to-peer (P2P) illegal music download networks. Here are some of the best ways you can download music to your iPhone without having to spend a lot of money; or even for free in some cases.

If you have a lot of existing CDs, the first thing you should do is to convert all your favorite songs into the MP3 format. You can use iTunes – a proprietary digital media player application by Apple – to rip audio CDs to MP3 format. The iTunes application can run on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. This way, you can have all your favorite albums imported to your iPhone without paying a dime. This was what I did when I first got my iPhone.

Besides playing and organizing digital music files, you can also use iTunes to connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, games, various podcasts, Movie Rentals and Ringtones (available only in the USA).

Visit the iTunes store on a regular basis as they often have free music available for download. In most cases, the featured artist will have a few music tracks available for download at no cost at all. There are many other large music download websites offer freebies for new members. You can take advantage of this offer by simply registering as a member for free.

Subscribing to a one-time annual fee site that offers unlimited music downloads is also a good idea. This way, you will be able to download all your favorite musics to your heart’s content for the entire year. The annual subscription fee typically costs about $20, it is a lot more cost-effective as compared to pay per track music download websites.

These are just few tips on how to download music to your iPhone legally, freely or at minimal cost. Don’t cultivate the habit of downloading music to your iPhone illegally as this may get you into trouble with the law. Also, your iPhone can get infected with computer viruses or malicious spyware if you download stuffs from illegal sites.

MP3 Music Downloads

There is little doubt that MP3 music downloads are one the most downloaded products online. The reason for this is probably because most of these files are available for free download. It gives you the option of downloading the music of choice without have to buy the whole album or cd, as you may not like all the songs.

Having a mp3 format, makes these downloads very easy to come by. Downloads for all types of music lovers, are readily available online. There have been issues about the legality of file sharing, but this has not seemed to slow down the desire for music downloads. People are still clamoring to find legal ways to download their favorite music, by their favorite artists, without the problem of legal issues. There are many websites online that allow you to download music with a huge amount of song choices. But, watch out for song downloads that are not by the original artist.

The time that is required to download an mp3 file depends on the internet connection, and of course with a broadband connection a download can be completed in about two minutes. Because of the server where the files are hosted may cause a slower transfer rate than is desired.

It is not at all difficult to download mp3 music from these online websites, actually it’s easy. Find the download website that has all the options you are looking for, and most of these sites require a small one-time fee. Then all you have to do is start downloading and enjoying your favorite songs at your leisure.