In a continuation of our theme to look back and see what has happened in iphone world since in two years, we look at the May 2009 posts and discover the post looking at an range of ways to get free and/or nearly free iphone downloads .It will be interesting to check and see whether any of these options are still available!
But first, a reminder of what we means by iPhone downloads. As we said then:
Traditionally, when people were searching for “iPhone downloads”, they were looking for free (or a better/wider range of) music, movies, videos, TV shows, iPhone games – and to a lesser extent, ring-tones, wallpaper, and software than was available from iTunes.
Fortunately, the “buy/rent every single media file” model that iTunes uses is just way of delivering music and movies – and the most expensive!
So back in 2009 there were five alternative methods that we found for getting free or cheaper-than-iTunes music etc for our iPhones. These were: free trials with free downloads (still available!); subscription sites (new ones on ofer since then); Free music /media sites (eg seeqpod); free podcast-style sites where we must watch an ad before we watched the video – eg Wizzard Media; and finally an array of quality sites that provide some free iPhone downloads that are located near to ads.
Since then the use of free MP3s as a way of promoting a new album, or collecting our email addresses for future promotional purposes, has really taken off (and we regularly list the current best of these on the iPhonegizmo site – just type “free music” into the search tab to find the hundreds of free music links listed here or here)
BTW:The “iphone magic” download site image to the left belonged to a now-defunct membership site – as most are today!