There are many legal music hosting services that allow one to
find a lot of free music all in one place. Be aware that the
fact that a website offers free music does not imply the
files are licensed for sharing - many sites forbid sharing in their
terms of service.
At one time the largest free music repository was
MP3.com. Thousands of independent
artists hosted their music there for free download. But when Vivendi
sold MP3.com to CNet, the largest music library in the history of
humanity was taken offline. While it was compared by many to the burning
of the ancient Library of Alexandria, most of the work was not lost
to civilization. It just became harder to find. MP3.com now offers
only paid music downloads, but many free music sites sprang up in its wake.
Legal Free MP3 Downloads - Is It Possible ?
Downloading free mp3 music from the internet its a great thing to do. Mp3 downloads can give you thousands of free mp3 songs and hundreds of hours of listening just by using your fingertips. However, the common way to do download mp3 music is illegal... but there is an other method.
Its a fact that companies and individuals are getting sued for encouraging and downloading illegal music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and their sister organizations in other countries have recently been passing out large fines trying to prevent illegal mp3 downloads. A bunch of music download networks, like Napster, Kazaa, Winmx has been stopped, Grokster and Morpheus faces an uncertain future.
So what will the future bring ? Can I still download free mp3 music ?
The answer is YES, you can still keep your mp3 players cookin`. There are tons of websites in various sizes and shapes that are publishing free legal mp3 music, and they are just waiting for you to start download.
After the close down of the big file sharing networks there are many pay sites that have licensing agreements with the entertainment industry, such as Rhapsody, iTunes and Yahoo Music. Unfortunately these top profile download sites often charge a too big fee for their mp3 download access.
Alternatives have arisen that gives you the same amount of content, but for free. Search the net for the free alternatives to Rhapsody, iTunes and Yahoo Music and you will be amazed of what you will find. The huge amount of free mp3 downloads you`ll download will keep both your heart and your wallet happy.
A comprehensive list of websites that gives you access to free mp3 downloads can be found at www.bestmp3links.com.
The Open Directory Project has
Bands and Artists and
Styles indices. Not all the artists offer downloads, but
the site says they list 43,000 artists and I imagine many of
them offer free music.
Musicians Directory lists the websites for many artists and
provides preview samples for many of them.
You can download free music from many sites. Some of
them allow you to buy the band's CD from the same page as
the MP3 download. Among them are: