A Review of The Jamendo Music Service

Download or Stream Free Music from Independent Artists

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What is Jamendo?

Jamendo is an online music community where artists and listeners can network. Under the Creative Commons license, you can stream songs or download them for free. There are also social networking tools too so you can share your discoveries with others. The advantage for artists is that Jamendo provides a popular platform for globally promoting their music.

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  • Service type: Unlimited, Free and Legal
  • Music library: over 470, 000 tracks
  • Available music formats: MP3, OGG
  • Music Delivery: HTTP, Bit Torrent, streaming audio

Main Features

After registration and email validation you can gain access to additional features, which include:

  • Radio channels.
  • Playlist generation.
  • User reviews: comment about albums.
  • Personal star rating system for albums.
  • Forums.

Website Design

The Jamendo website is very well designed and easy to get to grips with. Finding music is easy using the services search facility. To help you, it gives you options to search for a specific genre, mood, or even particular instrument. The Discover section of the website is useful is you want to see what music is currently popular and trending on Jamendo.

Music Library

The music available in Jamendo's library covers many (if not all) music genres and so there's something for everyone. The quality of the music, considering it isn't mainstream, is very impressive.

Music Delivery and Formats

The music is provided as MP3 if you are downloading it via a HTTP link or OGG if you are using a P2P file sharing network, such as Bit Torrent. You can also use streaming audio that is served at 96kbps.

The Bottom Line


  • Excellent choice of music genres.
  • Unlimited free downloads.
  • Choice of Web and Bit Torrent downloading.


  • Not all music is free.

If you are looking to expand your musical horizons, then Jamendo's library of over 470,000 songs will keep you busy for a long time. You can choose to listen to the music via streaming audio or download as many albums or individual tracks as you like. Jamendo is an excellent choice for free and legal digital music.

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