The positive reaction to the previous articles on downloading free music and an on again off again chat with some indie musicians about “free music” brought to mind one of several articles written for a now defunct music website. Today there are lots of online businesses and websites where one can download (at least) a free song a day.
In fact, there are enough websites offering free music downloads that this has become yet another online series here on Examiner. Whether or not all those totally free tunes online is a good or bad thing for musicians and singers is, of course, a topic of debate for another time and another place. Here we seek only to share websites where music aficionados can partake of totally free music offerings in numerous genres and from various eras as well. (Peruse the following list and discover a recent sampling of said sites.)
Here are some great websites for downloading music that some may not even know exist. First is ArtistServer.com. This site was established in 2001 albeit under the name ElectronicScene.com.
2005 was the year they changed the site in order to broaden their scope and include social networking features. The core database features over 7,000 songs. Better yet, all these tunes can be downloaded for free.
One can also subscribe to the site through the artist catalog. This allows people to stay current with any new additions. Naturally, videos, photos and even blogs by artists flesh out this website.
Next is MusOpen. This is an online source for music that currently falls into the public domain. It is, therefore, completely free. Anyone can download any tracks here and use them for anything they please. A great deal of the work hear is classical music including such noteworthy composers as Bach and Mozart. This is a site that critics recommend if you are looking for some excellent piano pieces.
Finally, Archive.org. is also a noteworthy site for music. This site works with the above mentioned site. This site specializes in a collection of regular mp3s which feature a great body of out-of-copyright music. Presently this is of special interest to fans of pre-1950s music.
However, there are many songs—including some early Beatles songs—that will become public domain in only a few years. Additionally, they have recently added an entire body of contemporary cuts that are available under a Creative Commons license. Surely anyone looking for free live and studio music by popular, new and lesser known artists should find these sites of particular interest.
Do you have some favorite sites from which to download free music? Care to share? Feel free! You just never know maybe your suggestions will become yet another fun series here! Hey! Who doesn’t like free music, right?
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