Want to use PayPal at LegalSounds, MP3Fiesta, MP3Sale, or MP3Skyline? While they don't accept PayPal directly, there is a lesser known feature of PayPal that will let you purchase music from all of these sites (and basically any other music site as well!). It's really quite simple, and is a great alternative for those who don't feel confident giving out their credit card information. Read on for a step-by-step guide that will have you downloading in minutes using your PayPal account.
PayPal has an often overlooked tool called the "PayPal Plug-In" that they provide as a free download directly from the PayPal website. You'll have to install this browser toolbar from PayPal in order to use this method. After installation, the plug-in will provide you with a menu that allows you to create prepaid Mastercard with a set limit. This 'generated' credit card can then be used to purchase items anywhere that Mastercard is accepted, and is done so safely - the card limit is set by you. This is great for making purchases online without giving out the credit card information of a "real" credit card.
Step 1 - Installation of the PayPal Toolbar
After logging into your PayPal account, look on the left side of the screen. There should be a link titled "PayPal Plugin" (circled in red in the image below).
After clicking the link, you will be taken to the download screen (the URL leading directly to the download page is right here: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_vdc-plugin-intro ) Click on the download link circled in the image below to download the toolbar (select "Run" after it downloads to install it).
After Running the Plug-In setup program you'll have a new PayPal button in your browser toolbar (Internet Explorer or Firefox both work with this Plug-In).
Step 2 - Generate a Mastercard Safely
Click on "Generate Secure Card" on the PayPal toolbar menu.
If you haven't done it already, there might be some additional steps you'll need to do to enable 'Secure Cards' (you must have a verified address, etc). Once you've generated a Mastercard with an amount on it you feel comfortable with, you can then use this card in the following step.
Step 3 - Signup and Download
If you would like to try an alternative site that also accepts Mastercard, we'd recommend checking out these sites as well (we'll update the page when they have also been verified to work):
Unfortunately for the Europeans (and others around the world), it appears that this only works for those living in the USA. Downloading the toolbar and installing it but then signing in with an account outside of the USA doesn't seem to work either (you aren't even able to download the toolbar if you have a foreign account). If the status of this changes, it will be posted here.
If anyone has any good or bad experiences using this method, please post them in the comments section below.