The music industry today is filled with a fierce and competitive market. From record labels and contracts, copyright and distributions the list is endless with challenges especially directed towards the local scene. Some of the best has yet to be seen or heard and just miles away from your doorstep. The more convenient just clicks away, as many locals offer music downloads unbelievably cheap and often free. Internet users alike find these advantages a key to ever day enjoyments and often priority, be it for personal use or benefits financially. Music downloads have become such a great appreciation although, in such an upload and downloadable world we often find a two-way street. If a song is available online, that doesnt necessarily mean that its legal. The bands or artists themselves may offer downloads legally, as copyright protections are in place. Regulations however differ from country to country and stipulations regarding infringement of copyrighted music can be strictly imposed. Downloads may be encoded with Digital Rights Management that restricts making extra copies depending on certain digital audio players, controversies with peer-to-peer transferring has been an issue. Lately, there have been more cases of music piracy heading to courts and imprisonment up to three years and $250,000 dollars in fines can be in-forced, for even first time offenders. Websites run or managed by artists can easily be found online and transferring of files and music downloads are ever the more simple, rather than visiting some online music stores. Many websites offer short preview samplings or full song, album downloads and commonly direct you by link to purchase and learn more about the artist.