View Full Version : Legal, Free Music?

November 28th, 2008, 03:42 AM
a while back i had a magazine article with a list of free and legal music download sites...but i lost it

does anyone know of any...and i dont mean that they say legal in google...i mean legal

November 28th, 2008, 03:49 AM

November 28th, 2008, 03:50 AM

November 28th, 2008, 04:09 AM

This site is maintained by Cnet so I trust it.

You'll have to dig around to find the free music, but it is there. :)

November 28th, 2008, 04:19 AM
There is a lot of music available for download from the more popular artists, mostly live music, but it is usually what they call a 'grey area'. As to the legality.

I'm really enjoying (as someone linked to) Jamendo, which is 'built in' already to your Rhythmbox software, as a sort of internet radio. Some of the music is very good for me, and it is interesting to sample different things. I haven't tried downloading anything, but it is (all?) available for free download by bit torrent, and it is licensed "creative commons' which is legally free. I just tune in and listen to something. Don't turn your back on it because it is free, there really is a lot that's good.

Magnatune also is good, but I prefer Jamendo personally. They both request donations/'sales' but they are optional.

November 28th, 2008, 04:50 AM
Internet Archive has nice, free, legal music.

November 28th, 2008, 07:09 AM
Besides Jamendo, there's also Magnatune (http://magnatune.com/), which doesn't offer free downloads, but all the music can be listened freely through the net radio there. Then there are places like CTG Music (http://www.ctgmusic.com/) and kahvi.org (http://kahvi.org/), but I seem to have misplaced my links to those sites and I can't remember any besides those two (there were several others).

With some luck you might also stumble upon an artist or a band that distributes their music through their own website. Crimson Lotus (http://crimsonlotus.org/) is an example of that -- I can't remember how I found that website, but I'm glad I did :)

November 28th, 2008, 01:49 PM
thanks all...

then theres my favorite listening site...pandora

Georgia boy
December 1st, 2008, 01:14 AM
I have to agree with Namegame. I have downloaded quite a few MP3s' from that site. Believe me, they have some great tunes there for the taking. All legal. As stated, you have to dig around for the free ones but worth the dig. All kinds of genre to choose from.
Dig and enjoy!!


December 1st, 2008, 01:17 AM
Just use soulseek - http://www.slsknet.org - that's the Windows version.

For Linux (I assume you're using Ubuntu) - apt-get install nicotine

December 1st, 2008, 01:50 AM
Newgrounds (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/) has a good amount of free, user-made music. Most has no words, but if you like classical/techno/who knows what, you can find some good stuff. It's also all free.

December 1st, 2008, 01:55 AM
Google, 'Creative Commons music'

December 1st, 2008, 02:25 AM
http://tapegerm.com looks good.

December 12th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Check out http://daytrotter.com

December 12th, 2008, 04:28 PM
I have a microphone in my shower which I stream to Shoutcast using IceCast every morning.

You can listen for free. I know all the oldies.

December 12th, 2008, 05:15 PM
I wrote this (http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Get-Free-Music-Legally-Online) a while back. Might help.

December 12th, 2008, 05:22 PM
"Legal" depends on where you live.
www.mp3search.ru might fit the bill nicely.
Not all albums are free, but definitely good value.

December 12th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Great support guys. There are some really nice alternatives.

December 12th, 2008, 06:40 PM
I just have to add my favorit band Machinae Supremacy, they have some free songs to download here: http://www.machinaesupremacy.com/masusite/archive.html

December 12th, 2008, 07:33 PM
www.spinner.com free mp3 of the day (http://www.spinner.com/category/mp3-of-the-day/)

I have tons of free music from there

December 12th, 2008, 08:38 PM
This site is maintained by Cnet so I trust it.
You'll have to dig around to find the free music, but it is there. :)

Does this site work well for you? I went to check it out and it looks like crap in Firefox (the sidebar is in the middle of the page and everything else is shoved down) and I can't play the songs in the page.

December 12th, 2008, 09:06 PM
I've recently taken a liking to many of the shoutcast radio stations available. They're run by people with spare computers, but they got some really nice, professional quality stations. :)