Listen to and download free mp3 music

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 8, 2007
Updated • Jun 6, 2013
Music, Music and Video

A reader of my blog recommended that I take a look at ElectroBel,  an underground electronic music community that has not been on my radar before. The community brings artists that create electronic music and listeners together. Artists upload their work to the site where it becomes available to all users who visit the website.

You can listen to each tune online if you want or download it as mp3 to your local system. What is interesting is that songs do get released under a Creative Commons license.

The site offers a fresh interface even though it has not been updated in the last couple of years. The homepage displays a selection of artist suggestions right on the screen, a link to the whole music catalog and a search that you can use to find music of interest.

The music page displays all supported genres and artists that match the genre on the right. A popup opens if you click on a play button here that includes the music player and playlist. You can then use the plus icon to add songs of interest to the playlist.

To download a song of interest click on its title. This opens the song's page on the website offering information about the artist, related songs that may be of interest to you and options to save it as a mp3 file.

Registered members get their own private space on the site and additional rights that enable you to favorite songs, display suggestions on your profile page or participate in the forum.

The website offers however more than just music downloads; Members share information about upcoming concerts, new releases, music production, music hardware and software.

The community is pretty active and you can find lots of royalty free music in the different music categories on Electrobel. Everything is devoted to electronic music of course which means that the dominating genres are Techno, Trance, Electro and variations of that music. They even got a chiptunes category which I remember from the time that I produced some music with my Commodore Amiga for some demos and intros.

So, let me sum it up: Free Music Downloads + Free Music Streams + Royalty Free Music + Great Community =  excellent website that gets a recommendation.

Update: Electrobel seems to be thriving. The site hosts more than 20,000 different free tracks online created by more than 6,000 different artists. Listening to tracks online is still free, as is the downloading of music in mp3 format to the local computer.


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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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