Imeem has made its name by offering free and legal streamed music for its users to enjoy. With the deals the Web site made with the major record labels, there's no guilt on the user side about getting free music. The artists get paid -- everyone wins.
Let's take a look at how a typical Imeem session might go. Let's say one of your Imeem friends turns you on to a new band. You listen to a few of their cuts on a shared playlist and decide that it's right up your alley. The next thing you want to do is to perform a search to find out what your options are for this band's music. Simply type the name of the band into the search bar and you'll get a long list of every song that's been uploaded to the Imeem network by other users. From here, you can give each song a test drive and check out the pages of people who uploaded it. If you like what you hear, you can go back in your Web browser to the original song listing and get down to business.
Now you have three options: You can add that song to a playlist for free, pay for a ringtone or download the entire song or album. When you click on the "purchase" icon, it takes you to a screen with the album tracks listed for individual purchase for 99 cents or the whole thing for $9.99 for a standard full-length LP. Now you can enjoy that music forever on your computer or transfer it to your MP3 player. If you don't want to buy, you can still keep it on your playlist and enjoy the streaming version for as long as you like.