Online Music Downloads




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording on music, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

The man enjoys jazz music because of its ______.

The man says, "Personally, I really like jazz music because of its musical rhythms and soothing beat. He does like the lyrics of country music.

He doesn't like ________ music.

The man says, "Occasionally, I listen to classic rock or classical music, but I can’t stand heavy metal or rap music."

The man _________ when he gets home.

The man says, "When I get home, I turn on my stereo system, crank up the volume, and enjoy the music."

I really enjoy listening to music because it helps me relax and takes my mind away from other cares of the day. Personally, I really like jazz music because of its musical rhythms and soothing beat. There are several stations on the radio that play this type of music. Other times, I enjoy listening to country and western music. Some of the lyrics to these songs are inspirational and moving. Occasionally, I listen to classic rock or classical music, but I can’t stand heavy metal or rap music. When I’m on the road, I either tune my radio to a favorite station, or I listen to music on my MP3 player. I’ve downloaded hundreds of songs to my player, so it’s easy to search and play my favorite music. When I get home, I turn on my stereo system, crank up the volume, and enjoy the music.

Part 2: Discussion

What kinds of music do you enjoy? Who are some of your favorite artists and why do you like their music? When do you usually listen to music?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Traditional cassette tapes replaced  audio CDs long ago, but what is the future or portable digital devices such as smartphones?  Search the Internet for different types of music players. Compare their features and cost and discuss what you think might be the future for them.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):