Free Music List (audio download and streaming)

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 3, 2005
Updated • Nov 5, 2017
Music, Music and Video

I published an article about living without the music industry a month ago. In the article I added some good sites that offered free music downloads.

Lots of people replied to this article and added more sites that they used to get free music. Free, meaning free of charges and free to download without breaking the law.

I think that this is a good way to listen to great music for free, support the artists that contribute their music and show the music industry that there are other methods of distribution than forcing the customer to buy copy protected, rootkit infested overpriced music cds.

Update: I published a new updated list:  Free Music List July 2007

Free Music List

Today I decided to compile a big list of free music sites on the internet, I hope you enjoy this selection.

I encourage you to add his site to the list and give a rough intro to it. The list does not include internet radio stations or streaming services, only sites that allow downloads in mp3 format (its fine if they offer additional streaming services) . I made an exception to sites that offer a huge list of streaming titles, those have been added as well.

Name registration remark
3 Hive no review site with downloads and streams
Altsounds no great assortment, not all songs downloadable
Noisetrade yes thousands of free albums for download and streaming
Artist direct no showcases artists, streaming and downloading
Artistopia no downloading and streaming
Bluebeat yes only streaming
CC Mixter no only mixes
CC Trax no mostly electronic music, download and streaming, Flac
Feels like Christmas no christmas music
Classic Cat no provides links to download sites
Digitalsounds no downloads and streams, german language
Dmusic no downloads and streams no
Epitonic no Streaming and Downloading
Etree Live Concerts no bittorrent downloads
Foem no
Free Kids Songs no songs for children
Free Sound Project no free sound samples
Garageband no good selection, hard to navigate
Free  Music Archive no good selection, lots of genres and music
Into Music no downloads and streams
Internet Archive no more than 3 million audio clips, songs, podcasts for download

and streaming.

Jamendo no bittorent or emule downloads
Kahvi no
Karadar no classic music only
Legal Torrents no bittorent downloads
Magnatune no downloads and streaming
Mixposure no no downloads and streams
Mp3 Jackpot no downloads
Muzie no japanese site
Overclocked Remix no computer and video game remixes
Oddio Overplay no links to artists homepages
Op Sound no
Purevolume no
SoundCloud no Music streaming site
Singfish no only streaming, lots of known bands
Soundclick no few downloads, mostly streaming
Soundlift no streaming and downloading
Starfrosch no german site
Superhits no german, mostly german songs
Tonspion no german site
Free Music List (audio download and streaming)
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Free Music List (audio download and streaming)
Check out this big resource list of free music sources on the Internet; download millions of songs for free, or stream them instead.
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  1. Justin said on November 30, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The warning message about AAC streams when you load streams is because you don’t have the free Orban AAC/aacPlus Player Plugin installed.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Justin, thanks for the information.

  2. santosh said on December 1, 2011 at 12:43 am

    does this support AAC ? or only mp3 streaming

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on December 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I’d say it supports all pls streams but I have not tried that so cannot verify it 100%.

  3. Barnabas said on August 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you Martin for a most informative and viable solution (it allowed me to play streams from a Netherland internet radio station in my WMP)! Continued success to you!

    Barnabas (USA)

  4. AppleRome said on October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Your steps’ recommendation is still valid until 7th October 2012.. Thank you very much !!

  5. Laura said on December 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you!

  6. sak2005 said on December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    You must convert file.pls to file.m3u
    because file.pls open with winamp and file.m3u open with wmp.

  7. Lithium said on February 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

    2017 still kicking on Windows 7
    Thx a ton

  8. Dennis said on April 18, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Hey, even i can do it, i stumbled through it and it works great! The only instruction advice i will add as i had to figure this out, when the wmp box opens that says save or open the bar on right says wmp click that drop down and select “open pls in wmp” once you do that it will work . Took me quite some time to discover that as i am no computer expert by any means. Having said that, previously i had downloaded codec packages and something about aac. None did any good. This rocks, i listen to a lot of internet radio and a number of them have dropped flash player and getting wmp to work had been a nightmare. So many thanks for this great solution to another problem that Micro-Hell will not even address. Peace- Out

  9. stephen marshall said on March 19, 2019 at 2:07 am

    openplsinwmp came in a zip file. I unpacked it, and didn’t find anything that looks like an executable, and even the files in the “doc” folder were in a format windows didn’t recognize. I’m not stupid. you said it would open effortlessly. It didn’t. This a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

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