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Free Music Download Sites

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Free music on the Web really does exist; as long as you're willing to listen to music other than what's on the radio and top 40 (for the most part). Here are a few places on the Web where you can find free public domain music to share, listen to, and download onto your computer or mobile device.

  • del.icio.us system:filetype:mp3: I came across this nifty little trick a while back; you can find all the mp3 files tagged at del.icio.us this way.
  • Pandora: I was in on the beta testing of Pandora and I LOVED it. You can create as many specialized radio stations as you want on Pandora, and it will evolve to your specified changes. Right now I have a George Winston, David Wilcox, and a Mindi Smith station. Sweet!
  • Internet Archive: Audio Archive: an absolutely mammoth collection of all styles of music.
  • NPR in Concert: Full concerts by various top artists, they've got James Brown and Sinead O'Connor on there right now.
  • Earplug: Earplug is a twice-monthly email magazine dedicated to electronic music in all its incarnations. Every issue features a hand-picked selection of music news, cultural spotlights, tip sheets, CD reviews, and original features, as well as previews and reviews of important festivals and live events across the globe.
  • Amazon Free Music Downloads: All sorts of eclectic music on here, not only from independents but mainstream artists as well.
  • Soundclick: One of my most favorite sites to find some good tunes; each artist has their own page within the Soundclick network.
  • GarageBand: Again, another great place to find emerging artists, and each artist has their own web page, forums, etc.
  • JazzPromo.com: hundreds of unique independent jazz CD's here. The free stuff is all here.
  • Mutopia:All music in the Mutopia Project is free to download, print out, perform and distribute. There are now 579 pieces of music available!
  • AMClassical: free classical music mp3 downloads; a wide variety of styles available.
  • Mozart250: this site is in Danish, but you can download lots of great Mozart pieces here.

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