5 Free and Legal Music Download Sites

Discover new talent by downloading free and legal MP3s

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There is a mass of free music on the Internet that is produced by artists just waiting to be discovered. Most of this music is usually covered by the creative commons license which allows you to listen, copy, share, or burn the tracks to CD.

Here is an essential selection that will give you access to literally thousands of music tracks you can download for free - yes, ​absolutely free! Oh, by the way, if you ever need help figuring out what a song is or what the lyrics truly are, we've got some tips for you.

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Jamendo Logo

Jamendo hosts over 470,000 tracks for you to download for free. A lot of the content is covered by the Creative Commons license which generally gives you the freedom to copy and share your music discoveries.

The Jamendo service also gives you the opportunity to review, share,  and even make a donation to the artist if you like what you hear. More »

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SoundClick Logo

SoundClick is a social music service that has been live since 1997. It has over 5 million full-length tracks available to listen to.

Their music is either offered via streaming audio, MP3 downloads, or purchases from SoundClick's store. Not all tracks are free, but there are still a staggering amount of free songs and albums that can be downloaded.

SoundClick also provides a selection of radio stations and free music videos too.

Don't forget, you can often save audio streams from the internet for listening later via the Analog Hole. More »

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BeSonic Logo

Once you have registered for free with BeSonic, you will be able to gain access to thousands of songs to download or listen to via streaming audio.

As with most music websites, there is a search tool which you can use to quickly find the free music that interests you.

BeSonic also has music charts so you can quickly see what's popular in your chosen genre. More »

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PureVolume Logo

PureVolume is a smart and user-friendly site that contains free music from thousands of independent artists.

A search tool is available for your convenience which gives you the ability to browse by genre or artist if you prefer. There's a charts system as well that shows you what's popular and regularly features specific artists.

Not all songs can be downloaded, but there are still plenty of choices using this free music service. More »

Archive.org Music Download Logo

Audio Archive is an audio and MP3 library that hosts over 2 million free digital audio files.

A range of different subjects is available from these folks, including news and public affairs, radio shows, book, and poetry readings and live music recordings. More »