The Best Sites To Download Free Music

1321740675 e15c4a841b   The Best Sites To Download Free MusicSomeone once told me that ‘free’ doesn’t exist. Today it almost looks as if the whole world is trying to prove him wrong.

Just look at MakeUseOf, the site you’re hopefully browsing at the moment. Where in the world can you buy a magazine with (currently) 1,754 articles for free? (more if you include the Directory and Geeky Fun).

‘Free’ does exist, and it’s brought to us through the internet.

Last week we saw industry quality open-source games with Yo Frankie.┬áThis week, we’ll take a look at the audio visual side. Free industry quality movies are pretty scarce but free music can be found in many places. So, enter what in my opinion are the best sites to download free music.

Not the torrent or limewire kind; the I-take-it-without-paying-so-it’s free, but music released under creative licenses, by people who don’t think music should be a business. People who sing for emotions, not money.

Jamendo

jamendo 227 en   The Best Sites To Download Free Music All the music available on Jamendo is released under the Creative Commons license. This means that it can be freely listened to and used and redistributed under the same license.

The artists then get rewarded via user donations and revenues from the Jamendo’s commercial programs and partnerships.

You can browse through over 150,000 tracks by artist, album and genre, or you can use the tags for quick navigation.

All of the tracks and albums are available for download without any needed registration and can be shared over the internet using widgets.

jamendo1   The Best Sites To Download Free Music

CCHits

3 01 2009 19 10 52   The Best Sites To Download Free Music CCHits is a great website to find and share music under the Creative Commons license.

All the songs can be played on the spot and downloaded in MP3 format. You can browse through the different songs by date, the number of hits, or by using tags. Alternatively, you can also search through the database.

The site uses a digg-like system, in which you can ‘like’ a song. This will increase both the song’s rating and also allow you to find it easily again at a later moment.

To give songs your ‘liking’, see your listening history and your liked songs, you’ll need a Ning account. Signing up is a very quick and easy process.

The song database is somewhat limited at the moment, but this website is destined for growth. You can always help by uploading your own songs to the website.

3 01 2009 19 49 50   The Best Sites To Download Free Music

Amie Street

amie2 logo   The Best Sites To Download Free MusicAmie Street is an online marketplace for music by independent artists.

As you may have deducted from the word ‘marketplace’, not all music on this site is free, only the yet-undiscovered ones.

This is how it works: Initially, about all of the music that appears on Amie Street gets released without a price – you can then download it without paying a dime. However, as the popularity of the piece increases, the price goes up.

The trick is to browse the new releases, and find the musical pearls between them. Note that signing up is required to download an album.

Another great feature is that you can earn credits by recommending songs to friends – up to 98 cents per song – which you can use to buy some of the premium songs. The retail price of these premium songs never goes over 98 cents apiece either.

amiestreet1   The Best Sites To Download Free Music

Check out our earlier story on Amie Street.

ccMixter

3 01 2009 20 04 14   The Best Sites To Download Free MusicccMixter hosts many a capellas and samples which can be freely downloaded and resampled by remixers. The samples can be ordered based on various categories, popularity, beats per minute, or can be looked through using search queries and tags. In short, a great place for DJs and alike to find free samples.

A lot of these remixes have also been reposted on the website, for video-makers to use or music lovers to enjoy. Among these remixes are some really high-quality works, that even most people with less interest in the genre (like me) will enjoy.

ccmixter1   The Best Sites To Download Free Music

Newgrounds

nglogo   The Best Sites To Download Free MusicJust like flash games and movies, lots of royalty-free songs are released daily on Newgrounds by aspiring musicians.

The author must be credited upon redistribution, and the music can only be used for non-commercial purposes. If you just want to play it on your computer though, there’s even less you need to worry about.

The major part of the songs consist of house and trance music, but pop, rock and even classical music is represented. Though a lot of the songs are only good to use in flash games and movies, there are also a ton of songs that wouldn’t look out of place on the average radio station.

3 01 2009 19 33 04   The Best Sites To Download Free Music

Do you know of any other good site to download free legal music? Do you want to share a song with the other readers? Give your opinions and suggestions a nice home in the comments section below.

Picture Credits: marimoon

The comments were closed because the article is more than 180 days old.

If you have any questions related to what's mentioned in the article or need help with any computer issue, ask it on MakeUseOf Answers—We and our community will be more than happy to help.

27 Comments -

0 votes

Guy Cross

cc mixter is SO much fun…. I had a go at a remix sometime back… i never did finish what I started though…

thanks for the reminder

0 votes

Davis Thompson

YOu are right.CC mixter is cool and great fun.Thanks for reminding But i think one site which has been missed and which provides very cool downloads is downloadanystuff.org .

0 votes

Abhijeet

There is a cost to owning an internet connection at home or surfing at a cyber cafe. So technically speaking, surfing on the net might be cheap but not entirely free. :)

Overall a nice article. I discovered some new music sites today. Pretty good.

0 votes

Simon Slangen

Ok, strictly speaking, nothing is free. Even if your internet connection would be free, your computer isn’t, neither is the electricity, neither is your housing, neither is your food (that you need to keep on surfing)…

But heck, you get the point :D

0 votes

Tony

You forgot Free Music Downloader. free-music-downloader.com is a professional and efficient tool to help you search and downloads free music, MP3 from online resources.Just type the keywords of music you want to download and click search, you will get thousands of related music and artist.

0 votes

Jackson

You forgot iTunes! They give out free stuff every Tuesday.

0 votes

Mark

0 votes

Brady

thesixtyone.com ! It’s has a digg-like system and some of the songs are free to download. All are free to listen online, however. It’s great and I use it a lot to find artists I had never heard of.

0 votes

Kali

I second thesixtyone.com! Awesome site, great for finding new artists.

0 votes

Jason

One site I’ve found to be pretty good at what it does;

MusicSearchOnline.com

0 votes

David Holmes

I maintain a Google custom search engine for locating ‘free’ music and music services like the ones mentioned in the article. Open Music Search allows you to find Copyleft, Creative Commons, Open Source, and Public Domain works. Including media files, software, blogs and creative networks. Currently indexing approximately 133,000 pages from 194 websites and growing.

0 votes

Bryan

and of course the best one of all: spotify.com (technically not available in the U.S. – but i’m using it in NY and it’s utterly awesome)

0 votes

Joe | A New Band A Day.com

It’s a bit of an obvious one, but Myspace is a great source of freeley downloadable music. Many bands, including ones that have record deals, offer songs for free download.

Spending an hour ust wildly clicking through pages on Myspace can turn up a whole number of great bands, and lots of free songs. I have found loads of great bands I would never have otherwise heard whilst looking for stuff my website!

0 votes

Mario Pena

Thanks a lot, very interesting list. Sure will contact with some, if not all, of this websites.

0 votes

Mike

Great information!

0 votes

Butch Mayhew

I would also add noisetrade.com

0 votes

We7Hannah

Hello,

if you want free, legal music where artists and rights holders get paid, try We7 – We have plenty of ad funded downloads and pretty much any music you could want to stream for free.

best thing to do is check it out for yourself.

Hannah – We7

0 votes

Sean

A new website to check out is volumMonster.com. It’s a cool site where fans can set up an account and redeem codes that lead to free downloads.

0 votes

roxanna

iz the acout free 2

0 votes

Sean

yes.. fan accounts are free.

0 votes

Hot Little Lindsey

Uhhh it could be free i dont know i havent checked out this site yet :D

0 votes

Hot Little Lindsey

scared.com lol thats the place
you can download free music (but it is goth…LIKE ME!)

0 votes

big ball of crap

one website i use all the time is beemp3.com it works reel good.

0 votes

getfreeitunes

I hear there’s a new site springing up and from what I’ve read its going to be BIG.
getfreeitunes.com
The press release has everyone buzzing so I just subscribed to get the big announcement and hopefully win that iPod Touch.

0 votes

Dancevibe

Dance Vibe.Co.Uk,The hottest music site, dedicated to giving you the hottest and latest music news & tunes

0 votes

Search zippyshare

Or you can search free file hosts for direct downloads. That usually works for me.

0 votes

John

Here’s a real free music page – all legal:
http://www.alexalcyone.com/free-downloadable-music.html