There are many legal music hosting services that allow one to
find a lot of free music all in one place. Be aware that the
fact that a website offers free music does not imply the
files are licensed for sharing - many sites forbid sharing in their
terms of service.
At one time the largest free music repository was
MP3.com. Thousands of independent
artists hosted their music there for free download. But when Vivendi
sold MP3.com to CNet, the largest music library in the history of
humanity was taken offline. While it was compared by many to the burning
of the ancient Library of Alexandria, most of the work was not lost
to civilization. It just became harder to find. MP3.com now offers
only paid music downloads, but many free music sites sprang up in its wake.
Legal Free MP3 Downloads - Is It Possible ?
Downloading free mp3 music from the internet its a great thing to do. Mp3 downloads can give you thousands of free mp3 songs and hundreds of hours of listening just by using your fingertips. However, the common way to do download mp3 music is illegal... but there is an other method.
Its a fact that companies and individuals are getting sued for encouraging and downloading illegal music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and their sister organizations in other countries have recently been passing out large fines trying to prevent illegal mp3 downloads. A bunch of music download networks, like Napster, Kazaa, Winmx has been stopped, Grokster and Morpheus faces an uncertain future.
So what will the future bring ? Can I still download free mp3 music ?
The answer is YES, you can still keep your mp3 players cookin`. There are tons of websites in various sizes and shapes that are publishing free legal mp3 music, and they are just waiting for you to start download.
After the close down of the big file sharing networks there are many pay sites that have licensing agreements with the entertainment industry, such as Rhapsody, iTunes and Yahoo Music. Unfortunately these top profile download sites often charge a too big fee for their mp3 download access.
Alternatives have arisen that gives you the same amount of content, but for free. Search the net for the free alternatives to Rhapsody, iTunes and Yahoo Music and you will be amazed of what you will find. The huge amount of free mp3 downloads you`ll download will keep both your heart and your wallet happy.
A comprehensive list of websites that gives you access to free mp3 downloads can be found at www.bestmp3links.com.
The Open Directory Project has
Bands and Artists and
Styles indices. Not all the artists offer downloads, but
the site says they list 43,000 artists and I imagine many of
them offer free music.
Musicians Directory lists the websites for many artists and
provides preview samples for many of them.
There is a mass of free music on the Internet that is produced by artists just waiting to be discovered. Most of this music is usually covered by the creative commons license which allows you to listen, copy, share, or burn the tracks to CD. Some of them allow you to buy the band's CD from the same page as the MP3 download.
Here is an essential selection that will give you access to literally thousands of tracks for free:
- Foxtunes.com - Listen to absolutely legal free music downloads and song mp3s. Download music to your hard drive or mp3 player legally here at Fox Tunes.
- Epitonic - a curated site, which offers free mp3 downloads along with a web-based audio stream, artist profiles, and reviews.
- Free Music Archive - An interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.The music on this page was picked by established audio curators and pre-cleared for online use.
- NME The Daily Download - The UK’s New Music Express (NME) supplies music addicts with their Daily Download fix.Generally, songs can be downloaded days, weeks and even months after they were published on The Daily Download. Recent artists include Paper Route (recently saw them supporting Paramore), Yeasayer, The Antlers, Exlovers covering Chris Isaak, Joensuu 1685 covering Bruce Springsteen, RÃ¶yksopp, Maximo Park, The Prodigy, and Metallica.
- Spinner Mp3 of the Day - an AOL project, which runs an MP3 of the day section.
- 7digital - It’s their business to sell mp3s, but they also provide a great collection of free downloads, which are updated weekly.
- Last.fm - Currently, there are over 200 free mp3 downloads, including songs from Jaydiohead, Peter BjÃ¶rn and John, The Thermals, White Lies, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Guns N’ Roses, Moby, and Nine Inch Nails.
- Dramacore - Was made for people looking to download free music. The website is hosted professionally and funded until 2012.
- Free Kids Music - As the name reveals, this page hosts free music for children.
- Artist Server - A social media website that hosts over 8000 free and legal songs.
- Indian Music - Indian Music Portal. Covers Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu Music. Complete band profiles with mp3s, indian music news, lyrics, guitar tabs and more.
- Throwing Music
- Please share this music in any and every way you see fit. Burn CDs, post the mp3s, seed Torrents -- whatever's comfortable for you.
- Open Your Ears
- Ogg Frog Free Music Torrents
- Bit Torrent downloads of Creative Commons-licensed music.
- Trotch -
Music is Timeless. The Music Business is Not.
Asian Classical Music in MP3 Format
- Public Domain 4U -
Best in Public Domain MP3s
- Kahvi Collective -
sound has the power to make the world a better place
- Micromusic -
(I'm not sure how to describe it -- Mike)
- Unsigned Band Web -
We are a music portal featuring artists from all genres and all nations!
- IC-Musicmedia.com -
The Interconnected Artist Community
- Motagator Music -
Cajun, Zydeco, Folk, Roots and Blues music
- ACIDplanet -
your world of music
- Artist Label -
Artist Label offers Music Artists and Bands a Free website and mp3, wma
uploads for fans to stream.
- On Classical -
OnLine Classical Music Collections in MP3 and OGG Vorbis formats
- Kunst der Fuge / On Classical
- The biggest Site of *FREE* Classical Music in MIDI files
- A Singular Christmas
- Piano Society
- Free MP3 Recordings of Classical Music Masterpieces
- MONSTAAR Records
- 75¢ song downloads from noise, experimental, darkwave etc. bands. Free samples.
- Digital Prophets
- Better Propaganda
- brings you the very best of new, cutting edge music
- altsounds.com -
alternative online music community
- Free Music!
- Loca Records
- Artistopia -
The Ultimate Artist Development Resource
- Download.com Music -
Free music downloads
- AudioStreet.net -
Free Music Downloads, Free Music Hosting, Free MP3 Downloads, Home For
- Pure Volume - we're
listening to you.
- Free music download links straight to your inbox.
A Meeting Place for Electronic Artists
- UKBassline -
Drum 'n' Bass, House and Garage music by unsigned artists.
Amazon.com - Free Music Downloads
- Glide Magazine
- Free Music Downloads
- SoundShelf - You are the
Agnula Libre Music -
It's Free as in Freedom
- ArtistGigs.com -
Free MP3 Music Downloads featuring Independent and Unsigned Artists.
- Ampcast -
free mp3 downloads, music and CDs of musical artists
- Tokyo Dawn Records -
- People Sound -
listen to new music - find and download free mp3s
- Out of Obscure
- free electronic mp3 music download and community
- GarageBand -
Discovering the Best Independent Music
- etree.org - the leader
in lossless digital audio distribution on the internet
- Fair for Share
- All authorized by the artist. The RIAA has no jurisdiction
over this music.
- MP3 4U - Where MP3
Lunatics Run the Asylum!
- MP3 Jackpot
- One Winner A Day!
- DMusic.com - Your Digital
- The Internet Underground Music
Archives - discover unsigned artists, independent bands,
- CDBaby - a little
CD store with the best new independent music
- Epitonic.com - your
source for cutting edge music
- Lulu -
Digital Recording, Collaboration, Hardware, Software, News
- SoundClick -
Free MP3 music download and much, much more
- Insound - indie
emo garage punk noise electronic + essentials
- monotonik - online
mp3 electronica label
- The Live Music Archive
- Scene.org - also see
the file browser
- 8 bit recording company
- octagone.net -
this is a label for chosen music we call deconstructed.
- The Free
Links to Individual Artists
- Rihanna - On September 9, 2007, Rihanna won the Monster Single of the Year at the MTV Music Video Awards for "Umbrella". She also won the Video of the Year for "Umbrella". These two awards made her the big winner of the show alongside Justin Timberlake.
- Justin Timberlake - a two-time Grammy Award-winning American pop/R&B singer and actor. He came to fame as the frontman of pop boy band 'N Sync. In 2002, he released his debut solo album, Justified, which went on to sell over seven million copies worldwide.
- Michael David Crawford
- Compositions for the piano
- Rick Walker's Loop.pooL -
A leading figure in the emerging international live looping movement
- Oliver Brown - leading ukelele theorist
- Alt-folk songwriter
Mark Beihoffer (a.k.a.
dragonfly_blue): songs for the broken-hearted masses
- Downomight -- Hand-tooled beats and acoustic
songs by Markie P
- My Life Is On The Line
show dates, and downloadables in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis formats.
- Moto - electro terror noise pop. Full album
and other songs available in Ogg Vorbis format.
- Dave Dean -
electronic breaks, a dash of trance and two cups of bass
- And So Forth
- milo fungus -
One-man pop/rock/alternative band.
- the bittersweet way plays
- Swedish alternative rock act
- Mister Orange -
All-acoustic singer/songwriter with an alternative edge
- Danger Collie
Music - Blues, reggae, rock and samba
UnKindness Of Ravens - Musical scribble, grooved and exposed.
Zoë Blade - Various styles of electronic music
- Andrew Vavrek -
progressive and inspired pop music
- the john francis
- Mid-fi epic circus western american rock
- Dulcie Younger and
the Silencers - Rockabilly tigress backed by a hot rockin' trio.
- Werebunny -
Solo artist producing Funk, Rock, Jazz, Trip-Hop and everything in-between!
- One Field -
Texas Acoustic & Vocals
- Renku Corporation - rhythmic
- ozone333 - Electronic music
Lisa DeBenedictis - ethereal, shimmering textural pop.
- Fitehouse - Embracing a
creative, organic and RIAA-free musical future.
- The Subterraneans
- a roots/rock oriented band from Wales
- East Bay Exile
- Hardcore band from the Oakland area, Northern California.
- Dendriet.nl - Dutch network for
electronic improvisation music. Check out the
- Archer -
Good Straight Forward Hard Rock
- dilvie -
Free electronic music downloads. Royalty free license.
- Tim Ruki -
one man band, solo entertainer
Lunatic Fringe - trombone and tuba - idealism with TEETH
is a punk rock girl and guy drum and guitar duo from Toronto, Canada.
- Poor Blue Lucy
- Acoustic Guitar Instrumental Music by Lloyd Eddie
- The Woodsmen
- Female fronted trio playing an Indie Alt/Jazz/Punk amalgamation.
- Otherwise Orange -
An alternative-rock duo that is bright, quirky, bizarre, twisted, and dark;
free CD too!
- Sassure is a pop/rock/dance/rap
singer-songwriter from the Boston area.
- Recently Vacated Graves -
True Zombie Metal
C 'Quence - ...the Next Level...
- Paul Needs -
Welsh musician, singer and songwriter.
Remergence - An electronica artist from the UK, featuring downloadable MP3s, Radio
- 10-67 P.D.O.A.
- An independent metal band offering a FREE demo CD!
- The Appetizers
- Live Music for Any Event
- Jay Pounders
- independent singer/songwriter
- Battle Scarred
- We are a British three piece punk band playing modern punk rock
- Free music from the sentient program known as Binärpilot. Help
fight the popollution.
- Pop/Punk Rock Music.
- Offbeat garage funk with experimental tendencies.
- Stagger Lee Shedden
- Old-time folk music done up as rock and roll.
- New and innovative electronic music with a flair of nostalgia.
- French band playing Alternative Rock
toxic flammable gas mixture
- Funky comedy rock with free downloads!
- Thomas Becker
- electronic music in many forms, from tranquil to powerful
- Australian rock musician
Seamus 'Moose' Ennis
- Muso, Writer, Tripper!
- Embrace Meditation Soundtracks
- Ambient electronic soundscapes for meditating or just chillin' out.
Electric Sister Of Mankind - We play melodic rock/punkrock
- an eclectic blend of rich vocals and soaring instrumentals
- Ghost Notes
- Royalty Free Impressionistic Improvisational Piano Music
- Typhoon Ferri
- Acoustic rock with a blues/funk aftertaste
- Revolution Void
- Electronic Breakbeat Jazz
- Paul G Huffman
- FREE masterful guitar solos that rekindle the magic in our lives.
- Tony Marino's Latin Jazz Sounds
- Original Latin composition available as downloads & ringtones
- Dave DeMonki
- Cool tunes performed on guitar and electric 6-string violin.
- Majella Murphy
- Solo female singer songwriter
- J. Evans Band
- Classy performers and producers of original classic
Anglo-American style rock.
Soundtracks and film score music from Simon Wilkinson
a-ha - The most successful musical property to arise from Norway
ABBA - The official ABBA website and the worlds largest ABBA Online Community.
The Paula Abdul Web Page (by Jon Kallis)
The Abe Lincoln Story
AC/DC -- Bedlam In Belgium
Adults (Band from Austin, Texas)
Aerosmith Official Site
Christina Aguilera Official Website
The Alarm Archive
Ali Akbar Khan (Indian music)
The Allman Brothers Band
Marc Anthony Official Website (Latin)
Anything Box Official Site
Joan Armatrading (Compiles Lullabies With A Difference)
Louis Armstrong House and Archives, Rosenthal Library, Queens
College CUNY (Flushing, NY)
Bruce Arnold, guitarist, composer (JAZZ)
Backstreet Boys Official Site
Backstreet.Net -- Backstreet Boys
The Badloves a>
Josephine Baker Official Site
George Balanchine, dancer (School of American Ballet)
Gato Barbieri (Argentine saxophonist)
Barenaked.net -- Barenaked Ladies
Beach Boys Links
Keola Beamer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, guitarist
Beastie Boys Home Page
- The Beatles
The Beatles / Yahoo list
Boiled in Lead
The Bonzo Dog Band
Book Of Love
Boom Band (Homeboys Chillin' Records)
The Boston Homepage
David Bowie - an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and mixer, whose work spans more than four decades.
Boyz II Men
Tim Brady (composer / electric guitarist)
The Brandos Official Fanpage
Brave Combo (Texas polka band)
The Braxton Brothers (Contemporary Jazz)
Toni Braxton (LaFace Records)
Gary Bricault, composer and arranger (band, orchestra)
Grace -- The Unofficial Grant Lee Buffalo Home Page
Cardiacs Official Site
The Cardigans Official Site
Mariah Carey Official Site
Castle von Buhler
Cause & Effect Official Site
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Official Site
Sheila Chandra, singer (Asian fusion music)
Rupert R. Chappelle
- Harry Chapin,
Harry Chapin Archive
Charlie Hunter Trio
The Chemlab Home Page
Cher Official Web Site
Children Within Official Site
Christafari (a group committed to preaching the gospel)
The Christmas Jug Band
John Cipollina, electric guitarist
The Clash -- London's Burning!
The CLAZZAX (brings works from the likes of Beethoven, Brahms,
Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Chopin, among others, into the
LIGHT of the 21st CENTURY)
Close Enough (Funky-Blues-Jazz-Dance-Stuff!)
Judith R. Cohen, ethnomusicologist and performer specializing in
Judeo-Spanish ("Ladino") Sephardic songs, as well as in medieval and
traditional music, including Balkan, Portuguese, Yiddish,and French
Holly Cole, singer
Nat "King" Cole, singer
Planet Cranberries -- The Official Unofficial Home Page
Home of Sheryl Crow
Crowded House / Tongue in the Mail Home Page
Cul de Sac
D-A-D Official Website (Danish group)
!DANCeReGINA! Official Site
Dandy Warhols Official Site
Jimmie Davis, country singer and composer
Miles Davis Official Site, jazz (Sony)
Miles Davis Ahead, jazz (Discography and more)
Sammy Davis Jr., entertainer
Joe De Luca Official Site, Italian rock singer
Paco de Lucia, guitarist
Alex De Rosso
Club de Fans Franco De Vita
Dead Can Dance
Deep Purple, The Highway Star
deLillos (Norwegian band)
Delusions of Grandeur, a cappella group
Tom DeMasters, jazz and blues guitarist (Kansas City)
John Denver: A Memorial (from Sony)
Depeche Mode Official Site
Alice Di Micele
Ani DiFranco Discography
Celine Dion Official Site
Ditch Croaker Official Site
The Doors Official Web Site
The Doors Collectors Magazine
Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band: José Cuellar
(Chicano rock music)
Drain the Lobster's, rock & roll
Dreamfield Official Website
Phil Driscoll Ministries
Duran Duran Official Site
Bob Dylan - an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of Dylan's best known work is from the 1960s when he became an informal documentarian and reluctant figurehead of American unrest.
Bob Dylan - Bob Links
Eagles Homepage -- Desperado
Sheena Easton Official Site
Easy St. Blues Band
Echolyn Profile (AMG)
Econoline Crush Official Site
Efatha Official Site
Ari Eisinger, guitarist and singer (Blues)
Elastica Connection UK
Duke Ellington Official Site
- Rude Interlude
a Duke Ellington home page, jazz composer, bandleader, piano player
EMINEM - according to the Guinness World Records, the fastest-selling rap artist as "The Marshall Mathers LP" went to sell over 1.7 million domestic copies in its first week.