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Galaxy S 4: About Licensing Your Multimedia Files

By Bill Hughes

When you want to listen to music or watch video with integrity on your Galaxy S 4, you need to pay the artist. Many low-cost options are suitable for any budget. Depending upon how much you plan to listen to music, podcasts, or watch videos, you can figure out what’s the best deal.

Stealing music or videos is uncool. Although it might be technically possible to play pirated music and videos on your phone, it’s stealing. Don’t do it.

You can buy or lease music, podcasts, or videos. In most cases, you pay for them with a credit card. And depending upon your cellular carrier, you might be allowed to pay for them on your monthly cellular bill.

Licensing music files

Here are the three primary licensing options available for music files and podcasts:

  • By the track: Pay for each song individually. Buying a typical song costs about 79 to 99 cents. Podcasts, which are frequently used for speeches or lectures, can vary dramatically in price.

  • By the album: Buying an album isn’t a hold-over from the days before digital music. Music artists and producers create albums with an organization of songs that offer a consistent feeling or mood.

    Although many music-playing applications allow you to assemble your own playlist, an album is created by professionals. In addition, buying a full album is often less expensive than on a per-song basis. You can get multiple songs for $8 to $12.

  • With a monthly pass: The last option for buying audio files is the monthly pass. For about $15 per month, you can download as much music as you want from the library of the service provider.

    If you let your subscription with a monthly pass provider lapse, you won’t be able to listen to the music from this library.

    In addition to full access to the music library, some music library providers offer special services to introduce you to music that’s similar to what you’ve been playing. These services are a very convenient way to learn about new music. If you have even a small interest in expanding your music repertoire, these services are an easy way to do it.

Whether buying or renting is most economical depends on your listening/viewing habits. If you don’t plan to buy much, or you know specifically what you want, you might save some money by paying for all your files individually. If you’re not really sure what you want, or you like a huge variety of things, paying for monthly access might make better sense for you.

Licensing for videos

The two primary licensing options available for videos are

  • Rental: This option is similar to renting a video from a store. You can view the video as many times as you like within 24 hours from the start of the first play. In addition, the first play must begin within a defined period, such as a week, of your downloading it. Most movies are in the $3 to $5 range.

  • Purchase: You have a license to view the file as frequently as you want, for as long as you want. The purchase cost can be as low as $12, but is more typically in the $15 range.

At the moment, there are no sources for mainstream Hollywood films that allow you to buy a monthly subscription and give you unlimited access to their film library. This can change at any time, so watch for announcements.