The best free music downloads

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Nowadays, most people stream music from services like Spotify, but it’s not a perfect solution. While you have access to millions of songs for a reasonable monthly cost, you actually don’t own any of these songs. If a service changes or stops, you may lose access to everything in your library.

The alternative is to purchase your music digitally from Apple’s Music app, Amazon, iTunes, or any other digital storefront. But it can get expensive.

For the best of both worlds, these websites allow you to download music for free and they are completely legal. Here are the websites you can visit to get free music.


Band Camp

Founded in 2008, Band Camp allows artists to upload their music to the site and price digital music, physical albums and merchandise. Artists can add music to their Bandcamp profiles for online listening, and tracks or albums can be purchased for digital download. The website supports multiple formats including MP3, AAC, and Ogg Vorbis, as well as lossless FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF files.

If you’re looking for free downloads, look for tags like To free and Free download. On the mobile application (for ios and Android), you will have to dig deeper; go to Search, choose a genre, then select “add custom genre” to search for tags.

If you find something you want, the artist lets you pay for what you want. Without a minimum price, you can “buy” the song for $ 0 and download it to your computer. However, you might need to share your email with the artist or ask yourself to pay a little extra to add music to your Bandcamp collection if you’re interested.


DatPiff

datpiff site

Specialized in hip-hop and rap music since 2005, Datpiff allows users to download and stream for free mixtapes uploaded by emerging and well-known artists including Drake, Future, Lil Wayne, Meek Mills, The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa, and more.


Free music archives

Free music archive site

Created by several community radio stations, the Free music archives strives to provide free music that can be downloaded and used in other creative works under Creative Commons licenses. Users can find new music by searching curated collections, specific genres, and trending music. Find a song and listen to it online or download it as an MP3 file.

FMA is under a new owner, so the service is currently in a transition period. The website remains operational and usable, but it has been labeled as “static”. According to the free music archive Twitter account, the service is being redesigned to improve the free product and offer premium content to subscribers.


Internet archives

The archives website

Internet archives Audio archives offers free access to music recordings, audiobooks, podcasts and radio programs. You can search the archives Live music archive to find live shows and LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection for public domain audiobooks.

Not all recordings are available for download, but those that are can be downloaded in several different file formats including MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, etc.


Jamendo Music

jamendo site

Jamendo has a unique configuration that divides the service between two divisions: Jamendo Music, for personal use, and Jamendo Licensing, for available music licenses. The company allows artists to upload songs to Jamendo Music so that users can listen to them for free and find out what they like. Artists can also earn money by making their music available for licensing agreements with Jamendo Licensing.

If you are interested in free downloads for personal use, Jamendo Music (on the Web, ios, Where Android) allows you to save any song from the service as an MP3 file on your computer or mobile device. All you need is an account to download songs, albums, and playlists right to your computer. There are even built-in radio stations and songs can be downloaded as they are played.


Last.fm

last.fm site

These days, Last.fm primarily focuses on recommending music to its users and does not actually host its own music. If you play a track on the site, you’ll find that it plays YouTube videos instead. If you click on a song’s download button, it will send you to Amazon, iTunes, or some other destination that sells the song.

However, there is always a way to find free songs to download from the Last.fm website. The link is integrated into the footer of the site Free music downloads. This will take you to a page with a complete list of all the tracks that can be downloaded for free. No login or subscription needed, and you can’t filter the results, but it’s worth a look.


Musopen

musopen site

Musopen is a nonprofit effort to make music accessible to people without copyright restrictions. This means that it focuses primarily on public domain offerings, including classical music; search by composer, time period, and more.

To download anything, you will need to create an account with Musopen. Free users are limited to just five downloads per day and standard audio quality. Through service subscription, you get unlimited downloads, HD audio quality and access to an HD radio function.


ReverbNation

ReverbNation website

Oriented towards the independent music scene, ReverbNation allows local artists to upload their music for fans to discover. Music can be found from the website’s Discover tab, community-run Crowd Picks tab, genre-based playlists, or the ReverbNation channels built into the website’s music player.

Artists have the option of adding music to sell, listen to online only, or download directly. If you are looking for free music tracks, you can download songs directly from the music player. Find a track in the music player and click the + sign next to a song you want to download. If it is available, you can click the Download button from MP3 file.

You can also download music directly from the artist page by clicking the download button next to the track you want. Some artists may ask you for your email address in exchange for free music.


SoundCloud

soundcloud website

SoundCloud is the first place on the Internet for amateur artists to download their music and be discovered. The platform mainly focuses on on-site streaming, but SoundCloud gives artists the option to make certain tracks available for free download. These files can be downloaded in AAC, AIFF, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, MP2, MP3, WAV and WMA formats.

To download a song, you must first be signed in with a SoundCloud account. Find a song you want to download and click the More options button. If the track is available for download, you can click Download File to save the song to your computer. The mobile app (for iOS and Android) does not support downloads, however SoundCloud Go / Go + subscribers can record tracks for offline listening.


Youtube

YouTube to MP3 converter

If you don’t want to mess around with the other options, turn to YouTube instead. Lots of songs and music videos have been uploaded to the site, so it’s a gold mine for free content. If you can find the right tool to create MP3 or MP4 file, you can have all the free music you want. Just be aware that it’s not entirely legal to convert and download copyrighted content.

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