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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 Dir Dir Read More 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 Yo Frankie! - Free Open Source Platform Game Yo Frankie! - Free Open Source Platform Game Read More . This 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 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.

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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.

CCHits

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.

Amie Street

Amie 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.

Check out our earlier story Hunt & Gather Brave New Music at Amie Street Hunt & Gather Brave New Music at Amie Street Read More on Amie Street.

ccMixter

ccMixter 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.

Newgrounds

Just like flash games MUO Games - The Best Websites to Play Flash Games MUO Games - The Best Websites to Play Flash Games Read More 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.

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

  1. John
    February 7, 2010 at 5:45 am

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

  2. Search zippyshare
    January 28, 2010 at 3:57 am

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

    • Miss
      January 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      U are right its nice

  3. Dancevibe
    January 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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

  4. getfreeitunes
    October 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    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.

  5. big ball of crap
    August 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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

  6. Hot Little Lindsey
    May 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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

  7. Hot Little Lindsey
    May 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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

  8. Sean
    January 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    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.

    • roxanna
      May 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm

      iz the acout free 2

      • Sean
        May 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm

        yes.. fan accounts are free.

  9. We7Hannah
    January 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    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

  10. Butch Mayhew
    January 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I would also add noisetrade.com

  11. Mike
    January 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Great information!

  12. Mario Pena
    January 7, 2009 at 4:48 am

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

  13. Joe | A New Band A Day.com
    January 6, 2009 at 10:11 am

    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!

  14. Bryan
    January 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    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)

  15. David Holmes
    January 5, 2009 at 4:10 am

    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.

  16. Jason
    January 5, 2009 at 6:52 am

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

    MusicSearchOnline.com

  17. Kali
    January 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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

  18. Brady
    January 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    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.

  19. Mark
    January 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm
  20. Jackson
    January 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

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

  21. Tony
    January 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    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.

  22. Abhijeet
    January 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    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.

    • Simon Slangen
      January 4, 2009 at 2:53 pm

      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

  23. Guy Cross
    January 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    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

    • Davis Thompson
      January 6, 2009 at 2:24 am

      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 .

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