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Where to Find Free Music on the Internet

Where to Find Free Music on the Internet

The internet has taken over as a main point of distribution for all types of music... and much of it is free or very inexpensive for downloading onto your iPod or MP-3 playing device. .

MySpace.com has become one of the best ways to sample fresh new compositions by muscians and singers in every imaginable genre... and to even compile your own playlist jukebox for others to enjoy on YOUR MySpace page.

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YouTube.com has replaced MTV as the place to find music videos.

1000MusicDownloads.com "... is a free and 100% legal MP3 music download website.... offers over 50,000 free songs, from virtually every conceivable genre. Popular songs are included as well as recordings from top musical recording artists...." Advertising supported.

AllAboutJazz.com Free Jazz MP3 Downloads

EZ-Tracks.com ".... Free Music Downloads!  Don't miss today's top free music downloads ... It's Easy and 100% Legally! Search from over 50,000 free songs or browse MP3 music downloads by category. Our vast free music collection consists of MP3 songs of worldwide origin. Ez-Tracks is a legal music download site and does not offer peer-to-peer sharing. The free mp3 downloads found on EZ-Tracks is brought to you through our partnerships with the record labels that own the rights to their tracks. When free songs are downloaded, the appropriate royalties are paid to the artists. It's totally legal, so there's no risk and no guilt involved...."              

MP3.com Free Music "... fueled by an active community of musicians and fans who live to spread the word about music. The site caters to artists looking to promote their material and connect with listeners, and to fans that thrive on discovering new music and expressing their opinions..... Thousands of free MP3s, plus streams of popular music videos and selected new albums... Flash audio player providing the ability to create playlists and download files from within the player..."

we7.com "... is an outstanding new music destination where you can listen to, share and discover music for FREE, legally and safely. You choose the music you want to hear and play full songs and albums online, on-demand at anytime. We also offer you the ability to buy the music you love in high quality mp3 downloads which you can play on iPods and most other digital players...."

UpdatedMP3s.com Free MP3 songs and albums.

Free Online Music Archives and Libraries

Internet Archive's Live Music Library "..... etree.org is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly non-commercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists' commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community...." Includes a very active etree.org community forum.

ConcertVault@WolfgangsVault.com ".... The World’s Greatest Collection of Vintage Concert Recordings.... There’s only one place you can hear Bill Graham introduce the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, Steve Miller ask for more PA volume at Winterland, or Robert Plant kill time with the Fillmore audience while Jimmy Page re-tunes in the background. It’s the same place you can listen to the greatest live music of all time in full concert format. It’s not heaven, though it may feel like heaven to rock music purists. It’s the Concert Vault, the world’s greatest collection of vintage concert recordings... Free online streaming. Since we launched it in late 2006 the Concert Vault has offered high-quality, streamed versions of all of our concerts for free. You can personally rate each concert, maintain a Favorite Concerts list and personal Playlist, and meet kindred souls in the Concert Vault Forum...." Click Here for more information about the Concert Vault

Communities of Musicians and Music Lovers Which Offer Totally Legal Free Downloads

ACIDplanet.com "... is the Internet's premier site for music, video and unique artists. It's home to a growing online community of exciting, individual digital musicians and videographers...."

AltSounds.com "...a community that gives listeners a place to find the best new music available in an environment that works for them and with them.... making the site wholly interactive and constantly fresh. We encourage fans to express themselves through the site by adding the content that THEY care about. We create our own original content and offer our expert opinions on various facets of music, as well as collect the most important and entertaining content available online. We bring the fans exactly what they want, and gather it into the most functional and visually appealing music site on the internet...."

GarageBand.com ".... Discover independent music ... Hear fantastic new artists before they become famous. Download free MP3s for your iPod. Pick your favorites to add to your blog or MySpace. Help pick the hits. Win cool prizes by reviewing music. Join the community. Find local gigs, contact the bands, meet other music lovers, create your own podcast, and more...."

Jamendo.com "... a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. Share your music, download your favorite artists!..."

MP34U @ Muzic.com "... "A Music Lover's Playground!" ".... MP3 4U is made up of a network of people called 'sources'... who search the Muzic website... and the rest of the internet... for MP3's that are available as free and legal downloads. When a source finds a song they like, they post it on their MP3 4U page.... They also create a song card containing a brief reason for the posting and a link to download the MP3. The MP3 sources listen to music all day and only select the music they like... saving MP3 4U users valuable time in discoering quality free music. Sources also keep track of their other favorite MP3 4U sources on their MP3 4U page.... helping you to discover more music through people who love music!..."

Free Musical Postcards

Free Musical eCards This is a great free postcard site with an excellent range of choices including songs by and photographs of some the world's most popular singers including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and many many more.

 

Free Music on the Web... Some of the Top Starting Points

NPR Music  This is a fabulous, vibrantly alive free online music resource! Everything from live streaming music to podcasts of concerts to "Song of the Day" delivered each day by email. Covers a wide variety of genres: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Folk, Classical, World. Listen to Live Concerts on Demand, recordings of Studio Session, Interviews with singers and musicians. Watch music videos. Get the latest music news and blogs... and much more!

Apple iTunes "Free Single of the Week" You can also check out specials on iTune's Facebook page.

AOL Free "Full CD Listening Parties" for New Releases This Free Listening Party continues here at Spinner.com

AOL Radio ".... offers over 350 Internet radio stations with song skipping and includes music, news, sports and talk..."

Daily Online Music Newspapers and Magazines

Billboard.com ".... From the latest music news and music reviews, to Billboard music charts, music articles and more, you'll find the free music information you want at Billboard.com. Experience the most in-depth music news online and get access to exclusive videos and digital music, as well as the hottest new releases, music videos and more. Visit Billboard.com each day to see what's happening...."

MOG ".... With thousands of contributions from music lovers and the top 300 music blogs that make up our network, MOG generates over 6,000 music blog posts per week, all hand-curated to deliver the web's best daily music newspaper. MOG makes it easy to dig deep and find up-to-date information on your favorite artist, album, or song by searching our archive of hundreds of thousands of blog posts. Sign up for MOG and get personalized music recommendations and blog posts designed and chosen just for you. Subscribe to your favorite artist on MOG and get instant updates. And if you've got something to say, come say it where 5.5 million music lovers per month will hear you...."

Free Music Review Sites

Critical Metrics "... is a bibliographic database of the 40 thousand most highly recommended songs of all time. We index rave reviews, playlists, year-end lists, awards, artist & celebrity picks, and other editorial superlatives...."

Listen to Free Internet Radio Stations and Libraries that Recommend and Play the Kind of Music You Like to Hear

AccuRadio ".... the first multichannel Internet radio station desgined specifically for adults with sophisticated musical tastes. ...

  • We give exposure and airplay to numerous genres of music and hundreds of artists that virtually never receive broadcast radio airplay.
  • We constantly display the title and artist and album name for the song that's playing.
  • We display the CD covers of the last three songs we've played, with each cover linking to the appropriate Amazon page for purchasing that CD.
  • We stream at 32 kbps, which makes for a good-sounding Internet radio station but is not quite a quality level that most consumers feel is a substitute for CD ownership...."

BlueBeat.com ".... transmitting simulated live musical performances for free at 160 and 320 kb/s..."

FineTune.com"... Comprehensive music library. Proprietary recommendation engine. Easy to use (oh and its free!)

  • Type an artist's name, we create a playlist of related songs for you to listen to.

  • Explore the finetune community - browse artists, users, playlists and more.

  • Listen to professionally managed playlists spanning todays most popular terrestrial radio formats...."

Last.fm ".... Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like - and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too....".

MeeMix "... is a fun and easy music service which allows users to create and share personalized Internet radio stations and video channels for free. Enhancing the user experience is our own uniquely developed taste prediction technology, which enables us to bring you a combination of your favorite music with an added element of discovery – introducing you to new tracks and artists that match your own individual taste in music in accordance with your current mood...."

Pandora Radio ".... we have a single mission: To play only music you'll love. To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project .

".... It's the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound - melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more - close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

You can create up to 100 unique "stations." And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you...."

Slacker.com ".... is a free personalized radio service featuring over 100 expert-programmed genre stations and the ability to create your own perfect stations. To get started, pick your favorite type of music or search for your favorite artist or song...."

Be a DJ and Set Up Your Own Internet Radio Station

Live365.com "... radio network reaches millions of listeners worldwide, offering greater breadth and depth of high-quality streaming music, talk, and audio than any other network. Featuring 260+ genres of music produced by 5,000+ broadcasters and music tastemakers from over 150 countries, the network boasts a roster of artists and radio producers ranging from the Atlanta Symphony, Pat Metheny, David Navarro, and Carlos Santana, to commercial and public radio stations, to individual DJs who program stations in every musical style. In short, Live365 is programmed by real people with a deep passion for music. Live365's end-to-end broadcast platform empowers individuals and organizations alike by giving them a "voice" to reach audiences around the globe. Through easy-to-use tools and services as well as royalty coverage, anyone with a computer and Internet connection can create his or her own Internet radio station and reach a global audience with minimal cost and effort...."

ShoutCast.com "... Setting up your very own internet radio station & making your voice heard as a DJ on SHOUTcast Radio is a simple 2 step process...."

Free Software to Record Internet Radio

StationRipper.com"... Want to Record Internet Radio? Get thousands of sounds every few hours? Record your favorite Shoutcast Radio or TV show? Record Pandora.com, Last.fm, iTunes radio, AOL Radio, Slacker.com, and Podcasts? Then download the latest version of StationRipper now!..."

Free iTune Plugins

Musicovery ".... releases a plug-in Itunes allowing to listen to your own music library according to the mood your are looking for. The plug-in displays right to the Itunes application window Musicovery’s mood/dance matrix. Songs from your music library are played directly by roll-over on the matrix, a click generates a playlist which is played straight..." There is a free and a paid version.

Subscription-based "Pay to Download" Music Services

Kazaa ".... is a subscription-based service .... provides the means for record labels, film studios and software developers to market and sell their products to a worldwide audience of 70 million users. With the Kazaa service you get unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of CD-quality tracks for one low monthly fee..... you can download unlimited music files, and play those files on up to 3 PCs that you own. The subscription package is for PC only, which means that you won’t be able to play those files on a portable music player. The files will remain playable while your subscription is active – once your subscription ends, you will no longer be able to play those files...."

Articles and Information on How to Download Free Music

Mahalo's "How to Download Free Music" Covers a complete 'how to ' spectrum including legality issues, specific techniques for locating and downloading free music, etc.

Software Needed to Play Free Music

Windows Media Player Make sure you have the latest version.

 


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