Using p2p networks like Emule or Bittorrent to download mp3 files is not as dangerous as the Music Industry tries to make it appear but there is still the chance that you might face consequences if you share or download copyrighted music.
A much easier and safer way is to simply use Google to find and download the music that you like. The Music Industry somehow does not seem to care that Google indexes more copyrighted mp3 files than the total number that is available on all p2p networks combined.
Note that it is not legal to download copyrighted files from Google, P2P or any other means without payment or proper authorization.
Anyway, Clickster is a freeware that uses search engines to find mp3 files. All mp3 files that it finds are displayed in a list and you are free to play or download them. The location of the file is displayed as well in case you would like to head out and check it out.
Clickster is really easy to use. Just run it after installation and enter a name of an artist or song and the search begins. It can take a couple of seconds before the first results appear, don't worry at this stage.
Once the first songs appear you can play them immediately. You have to stop the search or wait until it is finished before you can download them though. I did a search for a relative unknown band in the example below and it still found about 10 songs. As you can see the size of the song is given as information as well which can be used as an indicator for the quality of the mp3.
Update: Clickster is no longer available. While there are related programs available I would not recommend using them as it is not really clear where the music files come from. I suggest you use YouTube instead or Internet Radio.
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