Free Music List (audio download and streaming)
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:Â 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.
|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|
|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|
|Epitonic||no||Streaming and Downloading|
|Etree Live Concerts||no||bittorrent downloads|
|Free Kids Songs||no||songs for children|
|Free Sound Project||no||free sound samples|
|Garageband||no||good selection, hard to navigate|
|FreeÂ 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
|Jamendo||no||bittorent or emule downloads|
|Karadar||no||classic music only|
|Legal Torrents||no||bittorent downloads|
|Magnatune||no||downloads and streaming|
|Mp3.com.au||no||downloads and streams|
|Overclocked Remix||no||computer and video game remixes|
|Oddio Overplay||no||links to artists homepages|
|SoundCloud||no||Music streaming site|
|Singfish||no||only streaming, lots of known bands|
|Soundclick||no||few downloads, mostly streaming|
|Soundlift||no||streaming and downloading|
|Superhits||no||german, mostly german songs|
don’t forget about MP3 4U and mp3jackpot, providing only the best free and legal mp3’s on the internet for over 5 years now.
My favorite site for free music is:
Its a collection of independent musicians from Vancouver, BC, Canada, that offer many free downloads of mp3s as well as videos.
Magnatunes offers both downloads and streaming
http://www.pandora.com/ for music exploration.
I write music and offer free MP3 downloads. Some of it ain’t half
My favorite site for music is http://www.slackermag.com/
It is relatively new, but is coming up fast.
Singingfish isn’t streaming only. A little trick I like to call “right-clicking” the link, then combo with “Save (whatever) as.” Don’t tell them I told you ;)
This site also got the free music: http://foem.info/index.php
the witness exchange
I miss http://www.artistserver.com in this list :)
Concrete and Clay: a “netlabel” filtering creative commons licenced mp3s for your ears. Experimental, alternative, iconoclastic.
Try here http://www.legaltorrents.com/index.htm
You will find:
2063music netlabel MP3 Archives – Volume 1 – 735MB MP3
8 Bit Peoples netlabel MP3 Archives – Volume 1 – 584MB MP3
Best Of Webbed Hand Records Vol.1 – 671MB MP3
Scroll down a page or two to get to the music section.
My site, Largehearted Boy, lists ten free and legal music downloads (live shows, selections from bands, singles), as well as ten live shows/demos available via bittorrent:
what about http://last.fm
MPFree.com is probably the best site for getting free music that’s legal. They have more than 750,000 free tracks from every major lables and many indie labels.
This site represents the music scene for a University Town in America that has a thriving music scene. The best thing about it is that the 1000 or so MP3s are sorted by popularity.
22. I agree with you. Nothings for free in live. I think the main purpose for sites like the ones in the list is to give the bands a certain degree of promotion and maybe also to gain money by selling music. Money for the sites and the bands of course.
Check out my piano solos for free here: http://www.ThirdEyeNow.com/music/
Click on ‘New Doors’, ‘Beyond the Apex’ or ‘Sound Bucket’.
Another point to note, there are websites that offer
lawfully free mp3 downloads whose primary purpose is not necessarily
to offer music for free. For example, stinsonstudios.com is a music studio whose purpose is to get musicians to buy studio time with them. They offer mp3 demos of what they can do, and, for obvious reasons, the demos are particularly good. This phenomenon is what an economist would refer to as ‘positive externalities’ and there are many other examples just like it.
A handful of major label act mp3s can be found on AOL Music at http://music.aol.com/songs/downloads/mp3_main?icid=songs:mp3
http://muziek.o-c-g.nl : 6 complete CD’s of the OCG avriable for download in MP3 and OGG Vorbis!
Site is in Dutch but its easy to understand huw to click. Music itself is in German.
I translate your informations in italian, on http://www.liveweb24.net , I wrote the source of information linking the post with your site, I hope you agree with it.
Regards, and compliments for the site.
Vitaminic (http://vitaminic.com) does, contrary to your comment, offer mp3 downloads, besides the Real streaming. Only, you have to dig deeper into the site, and go to the artists’ own pages, first. The streams are far easier to reach, directly from the charts.
this band offers all their tracks for free and they have high production quality.
this french wiki has tons of links to sites with excellent free mp3s: http://rezal404.org/wikini/wakka.php?wiki=Mp3Legal
need music for an ipod – subscription sites like MP3Musiq are they
good quality and the subscription a really good deal. Mom in need of advice
i’m a little saddened no one mentioned my site as their favorite… so i will:
Molly O’Poverty’s Guide to (Mostly) Free Music is just that, terrific music i’ve found that’s offered freely and legally (either by the artist(s) or the labels themselves). the Guide got a big write up on Lifehacker back in June when it was launched, too
http://www.pandora.com has streaming services, but they offer a ton of music options, so I thought I’d mention it.
my favorite site for downloads, and music in general, is Tilos radio in Budapest.
Fantasic shows 24 hrs a day with extensive archives.
Since it’s in Hungarian, it’s tricky getting around.
Using FaganFinder to translate helps a lot:
Here’s some main pages:
http://tilos.hu/musorok/hetfo.html – daily show downloads
http://tilos.hu/extra/letolt_djk.html – specials
http://tilos.hu/index_real.html – main index
http://tilos.hu/index2.html – index 2
http://timea.tilos.hu/ – another view of shows, some kind of rating system
http://tilos.hu/djk/index.html – DJ page
most shows have their own blog pages with playlists, e.g.
Live Stream: http://yp.tilos.hu/tilos_high.ogg
Here’s a wonderful world music blog from Budapest:
classic rock, discographies of famous artists
Just to say that you list ampcast.com as only allowing streaming but it does allow some downloads
try searching for ‘three dead trolls in a baggie’
i believe it is to do with the artists decision
Don’t forget soundclick.com
There’s TONS of great downloads to be had at http://www.archives.org...
music, video, text, software and all FREE!!
GREAT selection of old school films (Coronet, Mr. Bungle)
SignHereOnline.NET provides unlimited free mp3 downloads of music composed by unsigned artists. I like this site because it allows you to voluntarily rate the artists featured on the site.
another huge legal mp3 wiki, inspired by a kuro5hin thread:
Lots and lots of live shows from our great rockers
For more free music… mandyleigh.com .
fantastic singer/songwriter. very eclectic, but mainly mellow on the site.
This plethora of information has really been a great advantage. Hope you continue this service in its intact way.God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hi nice article list great work and thanks for u sear this with us
DUDUKI.NET :: Music portal :: Music albums, Discography, Band/Performer/Artist profiles
Our free site, Classical Connect (www.classicalconnect.com) features more than 2,000 pieces of classical music. It serves as an alternative venue for hundreds of talented musicians. The site is well organized: users browse it by instrument and composer or search for any name.
No way record firms will be able to take free music from the internet, this is just unrealistic
i think they all work very nice.
Give it away I say
Songs from our catalog have been played by hundreds of radio stations and podcasters worldwide and it didn’t cost them a penny, in return we got exposure and promotion…..sounds like a good deal to me, that’s why many of our tracks have been released under a creative commons license and are free to download. So what if you lose out on lost sales, you gain more in the long term by increasing your fan base (If you can survive that long)
With such an overcrowded market place giving away your music is essential in my opinion. The biggest problem for emerging indie artists today is obscurity, not piracy. To find out more listen to The Antiqcool Podcast
i think the list is great and worth to watch.
There’s also a lot of new online tools ot there online.