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Knowing the best websites that you can legally download great music from is more rewarding than risking illegal downloads. Based on information from the Internet, all the websites mentioned below are legal. 1 In other words, they are not dealing with any type of copyright infringement. Make sure that you check it is safe before clicking on just any website. An extra bonus is that the music downloads from these websites are free, and are supplied in the high-quality MP3 format that can be played on your phone or computer.
The following free music downloads are legal, meaning they are either in the public domain, or specifically released by artists for you to enjoy.1
Thousands of free, legal music albums have been made available on the website NoiseTrade. Artists are keen to promote their creative music. If you want to download an album, containing MP3 files as a ZIP file, just enter your email address and postal code. 1
This website involves artists providing free music downloads of their songs. There is no need for you to create an account should you wish to download songs in MP3 format. 1
Free Music Archive is controlled by a freeform radio station called WFMU. 1,2 By the way, the term ‘freeform radio’ refers to a radio station programming format solely controlled by a disc jockey. No user account is required for you to download free music legally, as it is done under the banners of public domain and Creative Commons licences. The latter licences arrangement means artists have given permission for their music to be downloaded free for everyone to enjoy.However, signing up for a free account will enable you to develop your own collection, and communicate with other listeners. You can browse through the available music, as well as top charts. 1
You can search on Jamendo for a variety of downloads, such as the most viewed, as well as the latest releases. You can find music from virtually any artist you may fancy. Another option is to listen to some of Jamendo’s radio channels, from which you can download single tracks or even albums. Jamendo has made free apps available. 1
This website provides a myriad of free downloads of music, podcasts, and radio programmes as well as their ‘Live Music Archive.’ You can search for music downloads via categories such as who created the music, when published and so on. Multiple file formats such as MP3 and OGG are available for downloads. 1
Amazon.com makes many thousands of free downloads available for anyone to enjoy. This website is a favourite to many enthusiasts, particularly regarding new music. You don’t have to download every song - you can first listen to them before doing so. If you would like to download a song and add it to your cart, click on the ‘free’ button, followed by clicking ‘Place your order.’ This procedure will take you to a link where you can download the free music legally. 1
Last.fm provides a variety of enjoyable music through which you can browse with ease. Downloading the song you like is just a click away.
ARTISTdirect is the name of a digital media company which provides free music downloads. Although not all music is free on the website, a link is provided showing which free music can be downloaded.1
This website offers free music which has been uploaded by both professionals and independent musicians. If you want to download music immediately without signing up an account, look out for music accompanied by a ‘download’ button. 1
Soundclick has music downloads made available straight from websites of signed and unsigned artists. You can browse and select a song you like, and listen to it. If you like it, you are welcome to download it. 1
Musopen is a non-profit organisation dedicated to classical music. If you love classical music, then this website is for you. Its library is massive, and all classical music has no copyright restrictions. Some songs can be downloaded in high resolution. The site provides much background information. For those of you who are musicians, the site supplies sheet music, which will enable you to play any music yourself.2
Vimeo is a website sharing videos, but has a massive music library of about 100 000 tracks, of which about half are free. If you require music for your own work, you can, via a menu, select many tracks by licence type. 2
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