How to Download Songs & Videos

By Todd Bowerman

As technology advances, the lines between computer, stereo and television are becoming increasingly blurred. Downloading music and movies is easy, safe and legal with Apple's iTunes or Microsoft's Zune application. iTunes and Zune also allow you to download television shows, and you always can watch or listen to your downloads on any iTunes/Zune-compatible handheld.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • iTunes or Zune

With iTunes

Step 1

Open iTunes. It is included with Mac OS X and should be either on your dock or in your "Applications" folder. If you are using a PC, you might need to download iTunes from Apple's website.

Step 2

Click "iTunes Store" on the left-hand navigation bar to launch the iTunes store. From here, you can search for videos and music using the "Search" form in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

Step 3

Select the video or song you wish to download and click "Buy."

Step 4

Confirm your purchase by entering your Apple ID password and allow the song or video to download. If you do not have an Apple ID, you will be prompted to create one. Once downloaded, your files will be ready to play.

With Zune

Step 1

Download and install the Zune software package from the Microsoft website. Unfortunately, Zune is available only for Windows-based computers.

Step 2

Sign into your Zune account. You should have been prompted to create one when downloading the software.

Step 3

Find the song, album or video you wish to download by entering phrases into the "Search" box in the upper right-hand corner of the Zune window.

Step 4

Purchase the song or video you wish to download by hitting the "Buy" button. If you chose to use Zune's "Pass" feature when setting up your payment information, you can click the "Download" button instead.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep strong anti-virus, malware and spyware software running on your computer. Even if you trust the source of downloads, there are many threats to your security, and it is always best to play it safe.
  • Never attempt to download songs or videos from illicit websites or file-sharing networks. Many artists and distributors have exclusive deals with iTunes, Zune or both, making them the only legal sources of many of the songs and movies you enjoy.