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
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|
|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
|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|
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