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It's nice to find a geniune collection of free and legal music for download as opposed to streaming, and especially good when it's wrapped up in a great looking magazine format. It's all indie material, but curated so you can be sure the quality stays high. Definitely should be on your watch list or RSS feed reader.
Super minimalist music streaming search engine offers a nice range of legal music for streaming. The tracks are split out into genres which makes it easier to locate stuff you'll enjoy, but the Spartan design may put some people off. The site has partnered with Copyseeker to stop infringing tracks being uploaded.
Does 11,000 free downloadable MP3 tracks from great indie bands sound good? Excellent. The collection of tracks features over 10,000 artists, and comes wrapped in a deliciously accessible catalog covering all the main genres. The first track I listened to was awesome, which bodes well for the rest of the site's quality. Oh and artists share in the ad revenue, so help them out.
Another in the increasingly commercial streaming aggregator sites. They're easy to spot, lots of ads, all music is provided by YouTube and Vimeo and TuneIn and the download function always comes with advertising conditions. Nevertheless it's a decent enough interface with lots of luscious music for playlists and streaming.
Quirky French originated site features over 4041 hours of music apparently, available for download and streaming. We're basically talking 56,000 tracks wrapped up in a slightly impenetrable interface, but probably worth a look.
Beautifully simple interface hides a comprehensive library of tracks available for free download. The site is basically a search engine which scans various European and global music sources.
Indie artist portal with thousands of tracks for downloading and streaming in a wide range of genres. The site is designed to help artists make the most of their fan club and merchandising opportunities which is cool. Free sign up needed, but it seems to be benign.
WARNING - POSSIBLY NOT LEGAL! We're still trying to work out how this site can still be operating. We think it's because it's a Russian site and they have different rules regarding copyright? Whatever the reason, it still features very high on the Google search results, so we guess it has a charmed life. Features a massive amount of mainstream music for download and streaming. We're doubtful if this will last long!
New free MP3 music search engine which offers streaming and downloads of a huge selection of publicly available tracks. Let's see how long this lasts, eh?
The Hype Machine
My how time flies. This small experimental site has now grown into a giant musical compendium based around songs posted on mp3 blogs. The design is delicious and the site lets you easily listen to the new music that has been posted today by a great variety of bloggers - discover and fall in love with something new!
Monkeyfilter Audioblog Wiki
Taken from the amazing Tofu Hut site. A huge list of mp3 blogs, offering music to stream and download in an awesome selection of genres. Go there. Do yourself a favour. The wiki is only editable by Monkeyfilter members, but it's still excellent.
Erik Brown's MP3 Links
Erik's site is getting a bit long in the tooth nowadays, but it still features a great collection of eclectic mp3 music site links arranged in a hard on the eyes pink motif. Well worth taking a look though
Massive music resource which has collated years of downloadable and streaming music from resources all over the world. Check out the Super Sound page for a large list of cool music. All free and legal. Check it out.
Streaming, download and music video service which offers full album downloads and more. Not just indie and unsigned stuff either, so it's definitely worth a visit.
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No wait, come back! Really it's a NEW IMPROVED MySpace like you've never seen before. A huge selection of streaming tracks, although unfortunately no free downloads only purchase. The radio feature is cool though.
We're talking 3.79 million songs, from over 400,000 artists, all available to stream or buy. There's also a huge selection of free download tracks too. Arranged tastefully in chart format. Comes with some naff pop up ads though!)
Yep Amazon! Few people realise that Amazon has offered free MP3 downloads for a long while. Since the advent of their new iTunes rival however, they've made it harder to find the free stuff in one place, so it's buried under the deep link we supply here. Sort by Price to bring all the free stuff to the top of the pile. Great selection of free tracks.
Site features around 25,000 free tracks for streaming and download, almost all from 'emerging artists' and suchlike. The site also features the occasional mainstream artist like Moby and Massive Attack, but pitches itself strictly as a talent spotter. Worth a look!
Last FM Downloads
Last FM, as well as providing streaming music, also offer free MP3 downloads galore. A massive selection of major name tracks are on offer, so go grab some.
33,000 albums for free streaming and download, across a wide range of genres. Creative Commons licenses, available in 7 languages, very cool indeed.
MP3.COM Free Music
Great grand-daddy of all music sites, subsequently ruined by CNET. But BIG NEWS folks, it's back! The site has been completely revamped and now offers real genuine stream and downloadable tracks across a wide range of genres. Mostly indie label type stuff, with the occasional major label artist thrown in as a teaser. Powered by Last.fm.
Massive selection of indie and unsigned music to play and download. You won't find major label stuff here, but there's some great music available anyway. Part of the iLike/MySpace empire.
Artistopia offers music artists and songwriters a platform to collaborate on musical projects with industry professionals. [Update: Not actually that impressive nowadays in terms of music content though.]
Massive selection of free albums (and thousands of tracks) from various 'net labels', all gathered under the one roof courtesy of the Internet Archive. Worth a look indeed!
archive.org - Live Music Archive
More than 15,000 freely downloadable concerts - a user-friendly face put onto the Etree live concert trading download service, with explicit permission from the bands involved, by the wonderful Internet Archive. Easier to use, search and recommend. Warning, some massive sized file downloads (SHN), although some streaming/downloadable mp3 too.
Tens of thousand of tracks available for free download and streaming. Run by self-proclaimed indie fans to fill the hole left by mp3.com. Lovely design, great selection, awesome site all round. A fabulous resource.
Independent music portal, nice design, lots of cool music, which can be streamed or downloaded. Play full album is a nice touch. Definitely worth a visit.
Community site that hosts alternative (or independent) artist content. Tracks provided free streams and/or downloads, but with a brutally up front user rating system which filters good from bad. Great place fo find new music.
Hosts thousands of great mp3 files uploaded to the website by artists from around Australia and overseas. All mp3 files on the site are completely legal as they have been uploaded by the artists themselves, and free to listen or download.
Search engine for music in Weedshare format. Weedshare allows you to download and listen to music for free. Only for Windows users, no special software needed to listen. After you have heard a song three times, you can decide to buy the song, pass it on to someone else or just throw it away.
The Weed Files
Self-service music store intended for artists and labels who want to distribute their music in the Weed format. Their services, including lifetime hosting, are provided for free. They have 1600 independent artists in their database, including Heart, Kristin Hersh, Gazpacho, Roger Manning, Abby Travis and Gretchen. They're currently in the process of adding about 70,000 songs from CD Baby artists to their catalogue.
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Six different authors scour the web for the best free and legal music and write a brief review. A new band is posted every day. [Update: Nice design, nice selection of songs, blog format. Well worth a look! Red.]
Review site that hand picks each of the songs that are posted and offers them for free download. The idea is to focus on only posting the best music that the reviewers encounter.
Zerophase.net (forever down)
A well designed, independent music site featuring audio reviews (they let you stream/download a high quality track from the album being reviewed while you read) and mp3 downloads from a variety of genres.
Wilson and Alroy's Record Reviews. Don't let the site's simple appearance fool you. This site is a wealth of thousands of album reviews encompassing popular music from today back to the 1950s. Wilson & Alroy, a pair of self proclaimed "rock 'n' roll super dweebs" go into a huge amount of depth and precision in picking apart some of the best (and worst) albums, and best of all, back up their opinions. An excellent and engrossing site.
A nicely presented and detailed review site. No downloads, just direct links to the artist sites with mp3's to offer. Nice.
Again focus is on being a peer review site, which makes it more difficult to find tracks to download, as you're reliant on the views of a community to 'bubble' stuff to the surface of the charts. 'Update:' OK, on review I'm probably being a little unfair here. There's certainly a goodly selection of music (100,000 tracks) to stream and download, and the quality is definitely better than random download sites. Well worth a visit! Also see above!
Not brilliant. Site mostly full of reviews. Looks good and may be useful to find new stuff, but the downloads are kind of poor and placements are paid ads.
This is a good indie music review site. They have well-written reviews and interviews with various artists. There is a free mp3 download for just about every band that they profile. Oh, and the music they choose is, IMHO, very good.
New music reviews in 75 words of less. Mostly indie rock but hip hop and electronic are also common.
Online music zine for people with a voracious appetite for new music.
A high quality selection of the most musical and creative electronic artists from around the globe. A fully skipable 192 kbps mp3 stream, allowing quick access to the music. Updated daily with an rss feed of the "Artist of the Day".
A music community site featuring artists from all genres and nations. Hifi and Lofi streams and downloads from a very large number of genres.
Music resource provides unsigned artists and independent bands with an opportunity to promote original MP3 music and solicit recording contract offers. [Update: Clearly a new site (basic design and not much material) which offers a subscription service for unsigned bands - one track is free, extra tracks uploaded cost money. Best thing about the service currently is the voting section which gives listeners a chance to say which artists deserve a record contract. Needs much more material. Red]
Killed By A Crescendo
MP3 blog featuring the newest tracks and reviews in a large variety of genres.
Free Online Music Promotion and reviews for unsigned bands. [Nice clean design! Red.]
Great Songs Free
Some excellent tunes from indie artists for free and legal download. [Be prepared to navigate around a large amount of Google adverts in order to get access to the tunes, but nice selection nevertheless. Red].
MP3 Thursday at LeliaThomas.Com
Weekly feature of an unknown musician or band that offers free and legal MP3 downloads. Multiple genres; everything from Americana and blues to ambient chillout.
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Free Music Archive
Features a great selection of *HAND PICKED* MP3 tracks from independent artists across a range of genres. The blog format and RSS subscription means you can easily keep up to date with new tracks as they come online, which is excellent.
Gorgeous looking Indie artist portal featuring thousands of tracks and albums for free download in exchange for your email address. Free, legal and you can leave a tip for the artist as well. Awesome!
Very much an arthouse indie blog, this funky looking site offers a weekly updated selection of up and coming indie artist tracks for preview and download. Beautifully curated videos, pics and MP3s make this a great way to find new music.
A site that features a wide variety of electronic (Industrial, EBM, Darkwave, Synthpop, Electronica, Noise) mp3 downloads. You can also download loop files to remix. Unfortunately, to download songs, you must be registered. Use a throw away address.
Weekly updated original mp3s plus online radio. Home of Phoebus and NoSushi.
650-Breaks (Hot Shit !)
Online mixes archives from Amon Tobin, Coldcut, Dj Shadow, Dj Spooky, Diplo, Sixtoo and more...
Karadar offers a simply superb selection of all things classical. Downloads, librettos, texts, et al. The only 'problem' is that the mp3 download process has been made deliberately complex - including a classical music question gateway - to foil leeching ignoramusii (?). Still brilliant though!
Free List of Mp3s, Reviews, Search Engine
Half a million links in the list to date and adding about 10-15 thousand per day, Some really neat stuff and weird stuff. The best part of the site is the keyword search and the Review pages. Add your site to have it scanned as well.[Update:not sure about this site at all, the search function and overall design are very strange for instance! Ah well. Red]
Agnula Libre Music
A database of Libre Music (works which have been put by their authors under a license which allows free redistribution and usage). Artists, who want their music to be accessible to the widest audience possible, without artificially limiting how and how much their creations spread around, can better publish their music there, instead of on this Wiki page.
Small but tasteful selection of free classical music categorized by composer, performer, instrument and period. Nice resource and definitely worth a look.
Superb Creative Commons site for community musicians to upload and distribute completely licensed music for free use on projects and other areas. Features downloads for playlists, videos and a host of other uses.
Micromusic.net is many things. first we are a music label, though we deal with .mp3's and hard drive space not vinyl! Micromusic.net is also what the users make it. It is an organic community that can shape their own identity by uploading and downloading, organising parties, bringing their own projects to micromusic.net, making bands with other micromusic.net members, helping with any aspect of the site programming, designing... whatever.
Huge electronic music Net label based in Manchester UK - some amazing free mp3 releases including BSR, DNCN, Maroufleur, Batfinks and Domestication Of The Dog.
Loads and loads of hardcore, post-hardcore, and metal songs for download. Most of these tracks are DIY or pre-production recordings, but there is an equal number of gems for the angst-ridden 16-year-old scenester in you.
mission: to gather and provide free electronic grooves. area of operation: internet
Feng's Distorted World
Presenting Free and Legal Mp3 Downloads from Underground Electronic Music Artists.
Blentwell is an ongoing document of the evolution of blended music. A daily updated link log of hot mixsets and fresh new tracks heard online..
Beats, breaks, mixes, shit...
Avantgarde Pop from Hamburg
Free punk rock from the local South Bend, Indiana music scene. More added all the time.
Free bizarre brokenbeat mp3s from this stable of underground talent based near brighton, uk. New and remixed tracks added all the time.
Like the Blues and 'olde tyme' stuff? Then you'll like the Public Domain mp3's coming out of this small site. Needs much more to make it really sing and dance, but still a nice alternative to all the indie stuff out there.
Small and select collection of Asian classical music tracks taken from cassette tape recordings. Worth a visit if you're an enthusiast.
Free classical music is difficult to find among the many hosting sites. Classic Cat provides a neat overview - sorted by composer and work.
'Donner Farms are proud to broadcast the finest in old-fashioned music, the kind that Maw-Maw Donner and Pap Donner loved to play and listen to on the porch or by the fire.' Streaming old fashioned music broadcast.
Hip Hop. Vinyl singles for sale, free radio streaming, Top 40 and new releases. Couldn't find any free downloads though.
Supremely niche Anglo-French site containing 'music you won't hear on the radio'. We feature it here because you can grab complete mix albums of some very interesting stuff. Definitely off the beaten track, and the site takes some work to browse, but we suspect there are gems buried in there.
Surprise! It's a ragga-jungle site. Streaming radio and free registration needed for music downloads.
Heavy metal fans only. This is your stop. Downloads of all sorts of stuff. Heavy!
Another one for heavy metal fans.
Computer games are fun. So too apparently is the background music when it's remixed and offered as mp3 downloads. Lots of downloads!
Christian mp3 downloads (from here, not from up there silly!) Watch out also for the Catholic Jukebox and the reviews.
Small, but tastefully targeted (OK it's bright, alright?) children's mp3 music download and streaming service. Not many tracks, but links back to artist's sites offers more. Includes charts.
An online indie music store, designed to help artists sell their tracks directly to listeners and keep most of their own money. Lots of features to help artists promote themselves and to help listeners find good stuff.
A music portal dedicated to contemporary classical and avant garde music; linking sites with freely available mp3's by several hundred selected contemporary composers.
Independent artist collective, many genres. Downloads available at most of the artist sites. The Radio Room highlights unusual stations and sound collections.
Eclectic guitar focussed site with variable selection of streaming and downloadable mp3 tracks featuring...er...guitars. The axeman cometh!
Free Music Group
Quick reference page to several free, legal sites. Featured are the solo piano, solo guitar, Christmas, children's and Christian music below.
Free Solo Guitar
New, but excellent resource for multiple fingerstyle guitar artists who present full-length songs for free download.
Free Solo Piano
Well-trafficked site features quite a wealth of solo piano music by popular indie artists.
Christian MP Free
New, but growing selection of indie Christian artists. Emphasis on quality material.
Free Kids Music
Very popular source for free music for kids.
Free Childrens Music
As above, a great place to discover top indie music for children.
Feels Like Christmas
Traditional or contemporary, instrumental or vocal. A treasured source of quality legal music to enhance the holiday season.
The Free Music Directory
Developing directory of sites which offer at least one full-length, high-quality song download on their site. Free listings to all who qualify.
Searches the web for the finest free dance music available. A collection of independent techno, house, hip-hop, broken beat, downbeat, nu-jazz and electronica genres.
DJ Kenny Mac
Eastern Europe from Kyiv (but in English), offering a small number (as yet) of Ukraine free alternative rock downloads and info. Free submission's for qualified bands interested in networking East and Central Europe.
Dr. Safa YEPREM's guitar page
Special documents for Art of Flamenco and Guitar, videos, lessons and mp3 files.
MIDI Pianola & Player Piano Rolls
Links to huge archives of midi-files converted from late 1800s & early 1900s punched paper rolls for automatic player pianos. Get one of the widely available free midiPlayers for your PC/Mac and take a trip back in time.. these collectors/archivars deserve a massive thank you for the effort taken.. just wonderful !!
Out of the Blue Productions
Floor filling Electronic Beats for your ears! A MUST HEAR! Go to music page!
the roots music listening room
wonderful collectors site including 1000++ mp3s of the oude time music, mainly from vintage 78rpm recordings now in the public domain, a true treasure chest !
Zambian Music Site
The best site for all Zambian Music
A site that encourages members to upload original compositions and \"duel\" where community members can vote on their preferred track. (Site formerly known as guitarwar.com).
headjog - royalty free music
high impact royalty free music, instant downloads
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We're generally not a big fan of this type of advertising heavy site, but in this case we're making an exception, since they do actually serve up a lot of tracks for streaming and some for download. Current material is also on offer, and all of it legal.
Lots of free downloads from Indie bands around the world, but mostly in America. Lots of community features, voting, friends, online journal and more.
Nice selection of over 6000 tracks for streaming and download, along with useful reviews. Definitely worth a look!
Sony funded community site featuring streaming tracks created with the ACID Xpress package. This means you'll likely only get a particular flavour of music, but hey, it's surprisingly listenable stuff. Perhaps because the site charts are created from real people votes, so quality bubbles upwards. Definitely worth a listen.
Mmm...whatever happened to MySpace? Once *the* place you had to be, it's now relegated to a sideshow, a place where bands put a track just to tick the box. Still a huge selection of music to listen to, but really it's a waning power in the online music scene. BUT if it's too loud, you're still too old!
This niche site offers music from independent musicians releasing their own material - unlike many large portals, it chooses quality over quantity and has unique english quirkiness with reviews of the artists. It's a cross between an english music mag and an mp3 site. Nice design and some nice features.
Daily downloads, daily news, bittorrent downloads and much more.
Music News, Album & Concerts Reviews, Free and Legal mp3's, Music Videos, Art / Entertainment and much more.
mp3 blog which also hosts downloads from labels such as Radio Khartoum and Ninjatune. Reviews and more.
Reasonably sized indie music sales portal with a fair amount of full tracks to download. Definitely worth a visit.
Nice simple song portal. No actual downloads, but lots of direct links to artists tracks hosted elsewhere. Neat!
Self proclaimed indie rock record store with a small record label on the side. Offers streaming radio, lots of signed bands and a very respectable collection of free mp3 tracks for download. Nice vibe.
A front end portal for more than 16,000 artists and 51,000 tracks. Throw in some news, forums and a general community feel and you get the picture. Nice place to visit and worth taking time to browse.
Unsigned artist portal, and part of the Vitaminic Group. Some interesting foreign bands.
65,000 'specially formulated' mp3 tracks which can only be played or downloaded by the site's advert sponsored Play Vox Studio player. In its favour, the site does offer a fairly decent partnership with artists (50% revenue split on sales and a share of any potential company profits).
Started as a online record store but now also a record label, magazine, internet radio station and mp3 site. Alt-country, Folk rock, Americana and singer/songwriters are strongly represented but pop, emo and indie rock are here too.
Belgian mp3 site, featuring over 1000 tracks for download and streaming from 600 artists, all in English.
Musical Family Tree
Features a lot of indie bands from Mid West USA, in the hope of exposing them to a larger audience. Message boards, downloads, streaming, it's all there. (Update : Definitely worth a look, if you like this style)
Music community for independent music artists offering online auditions, streaming radio, free downloads and music sales. Offers artists the highest payback anywhere in the world. [Update: Nice looking site, some good music, although not a huge selection of free downloads yet. Red.]
One of the fastest growing community of indie artists on the planet. Broadjam is the engine driving the music of independent musicians around the world.
Music Therapy: Dr Julie Trudeau invites you to enjoy her online music natural health products and join her love affair with the phi harmonic vibrations of the Music of the Spheres. Buy digital Music created by her and enjoy life!
Free MP3 music downloads that are hundred percent legal. Select from over 30,000 free MP3's, from a vast collection of genres. Stay up to date with current music news, discuss your favorite song and artist, add your music, and more.
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We don't normally feature plain old MP3 search sites here, but this one comes with a bit of a difference. For one thing, the interface is beautifully clean, and there's none of the advertising spam you find on other similar sites. It's French, but you can get the hang of the interface easily. There's a nice selection of tracks for streaming and download, along with associated YouTube videos. Worth a look.
Billed as a music webzine, this somewhat rudimentary site features music from over 800 major and independent labels. Unlike most of the advert laden rubbish out there, this site actually contains legal tracks for download and streaming rather than just links to file lockers. Definitely worth bookmarking!
Site dedicated to 'Creative Commons-licensed, legally downloadable, freely distributable creator-approved files' distributed via BitTorrent. Lots of music, but also movies and books too.
Pump You Up
A nice little Indie streaming and download service which has a nice selection of tracks focused on dubstep, techno, trance and the rest. Nice simple interface, cool music!
Certified Sound MP3 Mastering
Online Mp3 mastering service for the Independent Artist. We have the experience to bring out the best in your studio mix. Check out our quality at our free streaming radio site.
iTunes freebie downloads
Great - i.e. comprehensive and growing - list of free music downloads currently available on the iTunes store. Delivered by the good folk on the MacRumors forums. Good on yer!
Web site listing links to web sites with free legal music and mp3 downloads.
Links to Tens of Thousands of Legal Music Downloads
The original July 2003 (updated in Feb 2004) essay about all this legal and free music stuff with lots of links.
The Online Music Business Space
An excellent, up to date and frozen summary of the major info on this page.
Mr Red Penguin
Amusing blog with various free and hard-to-find indie mp3s.
Free Music Blog
Basically what it says. A blog celebrating free and legal music around the world.
Use Free Music
Visit NEWS/Free track for good quality free loops & samples with a new track every month. Site also provides Royalty Free Music for Film, TV, and web based media. Site has produced music for Dr. Who, Graham Norton & iBuzz.
365 Days Project
The legendary 365 Days Project, in which an mp3 a day -- of mostly outsider, novelty, and oddball recordings -- was made available for the public to download over the course of 2003. It has been archived in its entirety, complete with images and vast commentary on each selection on UBUWEB.
Knobtweakers.net Free Mp3 Blog
Free electronic music downloads, daily. Techno, electronica, house, drum n bass, IDM, glitch, trance, breakbeat, hardcore, downtempo, minimal, 2-step, garage, even the occasional chip. All legal.
Interesting art entity. They brought you Free Radio Linux, and bring you streaming softwares, manuals, music and more.
Subsystence is a web magazine, but not in the traditional sense. The Downloads section on the main page features bi-monthly stores of electronic music mp3s from a variety of Chicago-based artists.
Close Your Eyes
A cool list of mp3 blogs, which post links to tracks in various music categories. Well worth a visit if you're starting off. See also Thom:Blog for another selection.
Mystery and Misery
This awesome blog links to legal (and free) music of all different genres from the really obscure to lesser known (for now) indie bands. Each post comes with a mini bio and review.
Mp3 blog aggregator, boasting over 45 blogs which feature mp3 tracks to listen to and download. Also supplies rather useful RSS feeds if that's yer bag.
What it says, a collection of eclectic mp3 remixes available for free download. You get to vote for them too, so that's fun. The vote and fight changes regularly, which keeps it fresh.
A sort of UK promo, marketing type site, with a 'radio' section which offers free downloads of a small eclectic mix of bands.
A sort of artistically correct community of artists. A creative collaboration with music. Small number of downloads and streams.
Russian based members only download site which features a massive collection of mp3 albums in all of the major genres. This is not yer indie/unsigned label affair, these are all major name tracks offered under some sort of strange Russian copyright rule. One for the brave only!
They post a title, the community writes the song, people download or stream the mp3 tracks and vote for favourites. Quirky, cool and fun. Quality is variable, but better than you might expect.
Huge FTP based mailing list for exchanging live concert & show recordings from willing bands. No mp3's, music is downloaded via the 'Shorten' format then has to be converted to WAV before being burned to CD. Includes an extensive wiki with information about how to convert those shorten files and set up the FTP transfers. Slower than downloading mp3's, but within reason with a broadband connection. Very cool if you're into jam sessions and other live stuff from artists like Counting Crows, The Allman Brothers and The Tragically Hip.
Weed is a truly innovative music file sharing service. Complex to explain but in a nutshell, Weed files are tricked out WMA which can play 3 times then stop unless purchased. But - once bought they can be sold on ad infinitum. And the clever part is that the artist always gets 50% of the sale price, but you get between 10 and 20% each sale. It's sort of MLM without the naff conferences. Downside? Only 17 artists minor label artists as yet. Might work with major names, but this may be hard uphill work. ('Update': Heart have just released their new album using Weed, so it may be gaining traction?)
Weed music downloads
Weed music distributor offering large collection of legal music downloads.
Excellent collection of thousands of free downloadable MIDI files. Movie and TV themes, Queen, REM...just lots.
Free sheet music for download. Over 300 pieces and growing. A sort of hugely laudable Project Gutenberg for sheet music.
Every day the site nominates one track as a Jackpot mp3 winner, and gives a direct link to the artist's mp3 for download. Sort of a collaborative recommendation service for finding new music. See also their sister site, MP34U.com
Use these bookmarklets to play web pages of mp3's in your browser or preferred media player. Generated playlists are added to the database, which now contains hundreds of links to pages with music files.['Update': actually this is way cool, check it out! Red]
The Wired CD
The November 2004 issue of Wired magazine included a copy of a CD with 16 songs produced under the Creative Commons License. If you did not pick up a newsstand copy of the magazine with the CD featuring artists like: The Beastie Boys, David Byrne (radio), Zap Mama, Gilberto Gil and others... Rip, mix, burn. Swap till you drop. Copyrighted for the 21st century. The music cops can't do a thing - it's 100 percent legal, licensed by the bands.
An entire "virtual album" of solo piano music from a single artist. Available to all, but presented especially with the intent of being freely distributed to those who are grieving or convalescing...
A research project conducted by scientists from Columbia University to learn about how people form opinions about music. If you participate you will have a chance to download free new music for personal use. After answering a few questions about yourself, you will be presented with a menu of songs by cool new artists. Your participation might take up to two hours, depending on how many songs you want to listen to. Explore it and report here if you found it worthwhile.
Guilt Free P2P
Guilt Free P2P is an experiment in web based media distribution. Many free/legal music as well as video and software downloads.
Krankit.com Live, interactive DJs. You can also chat with the DJ's on irc.krankit.com port 6667 with a PG user name. Tune in mms://kibc.krankit.com/live.
Best Music is in this site and chipper.
Streaming only Sites Back to top
Yep, streaming is defintely the new black here at the start of 2008. This fancy looking site comes with all the trimmings - oodles of music, artist bios and that oh so common design that looks like it was created in a laboratory.
Nice streaming site offers 11 million songs for free streaming in a variety of genre radio stations. It's owned by Peter Gabriel - yes that one - and the key feature is the search. Just enter one song or genre name and the site will deliver a bunch of cool songs you're gonna enjoy. Definitely worth a look.
Interesting new online streaming service offers indie and mainstream artists for free via an innovative advertising model. Register, gain credits from seeing ads and create playlists from 3 million songs. It's no Spotify, but still worth a try.
Nearly 400,000 tracks of very high-quality, major record-label tracks spanning the last thousand years, from obscure medieval music to cool jazz to hip-hop released last week. Works are copyrighted but all costs are absorbed by bluebeat.com, since joining and listening is free and without advertisement. Site streams at 160 or 320 kpbs.
Streaming site from the École Polytechnique de Montréal. Music from Jazz to techno from this student radio, twenty-four seven, advertising free. The site is in english.
Aggregating streaming service which curates material from places like Last.FM and Hype Machine, and presents it all in a neatly organized catalog. Nice selection of tracks, available also for download and purchase. Definitely worth a look.
Streaming radio portal with nice selection of stations, reviews and a rather nifty player/toolbar. Definitely worth checking out if you're an online radio nut.
real:time is a live365 streaming radio station hosted by shadow records/bastard jazz recording artist saru (a.k.a spooky monkey) featuring mixed sets and original downtempo, dub, trip hop, drum & bass, ambient, experimental & nu jazz releases from up-and-coming independent lables & unsigned artists.
Big daddy of daddies in the streaming music world. Thousands of amateur run 'stations' broadcasting everything from classical to pop. Fabulous free resource, especially when allied with the free and awesome Station Ripper program. Superb!
Megarock Radio has been rocking the internet since 1998 and serves over a million monthly listeners and ten thousand members. Offers modem and broadband digital audio feeds for music listeners and allows requests to be taken 24/7 with live programming. \\ Lots of indie, alternative, electronica and other modern genres streamed via hi and lo fi radio and streams. Not that easy to navigate, but a good selection of stuff.
Real Media music stream showcasing new music. Based in San Francisco. No downloads.
Reasonable selection of live concerts and studio sessions in a variety of genres, streamed in Real Player format. Rather Canadian too.
Streaming indie radio. Listeners can influence playlist and artists can send their mp3's to get played. Run out of Alaska - huh?
Dance, trance and elektronica. Streamed in a variety of formats. Also offers advertising free premium streaming services.
Streaming German electronic 'net label'. Also features a constant streaming radio service.
Streaming the 'ultra heavy' beats. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Over 700 recordings of 78 rpm records in Real Audio streaming format. Crackly, hissy but oh so magical.
Nicely styled 'artist showcase' and streaming mp3 radio service which offers music from around 500 artists. No downloads but features a nice per track rating system.
Accu Radio - Internet radio YOU control. Range of around 12 modern music genres, nice selection of tracks, streamed at good quality.
Kulak's Woodshed is a 'Labor of Love'. It's also a "A Live Internet Webcast Acoustic Music, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Country, (anything goes), seats 'bout 40, kinda . . . thang". Very worthy and very Californian!
Testing Testing is another webcast of music 'and stuff'. From Gordy Coale's living room. This, I suspect, is what we mean when we talk about the Internet democracy. Very offbeat, improvised and different. Definitely different!
San Francisco based alternative rock web radio station. Lots of cool music in a variety of bandwidth friendly formats. Right on, dude!
A french site that collects streams. Download one file, containing 3000 radio station adresses, and drag the ones you are interested in, to your iTunes radio playlist to listen. ('Update': Avoid, only adverts there for now! If you know where that file is currently hosted, make an update here.)
Bhangra, gazals, indi pop - all sorts of Hindi music tracks are here. Unfortunately it's only Real media streaming, and pretty poor quality at that. The servers need working on too. But it's a start.
Headtones Web Radio
Several hours of archived programs streaming lofi and hifi .m3u - ready for re-play, featuring promising and established artists, exploring ambient, glitch, spoken word art, breakbeats, post rock, electo-acoustic and other genres, descriptive links guide to other cool webcasts and resource sites, tones for the head.
This portal has thousands of free mp3s each ranked and sorted by genres. It's a good way to find great new music without having to sort through unwanted songs. But it uses a silly popup window which streams the same track over and over again. There are also no direct links to the mp3 files, so downloading is made difficult and often not available.
DanceAge Crap name, ok site.
This site is ok. Contains quite a few artists to listen to, as well as videos etc.
another free cool website to listen to some nice music online
Collaborative Systems Back to top
Collaborative music filter software. Rate your favorite music and receive recommendations based on your rankings. Uses an open source client program written in Java, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, to download new tracks while listening to tracks already received. The development site is here.
Gnomoradio is a free program which currently runs only on Linux/Unix systems. It finds and plays mp3's and ogg's that are located on the user's hard drive. It searches for, downloads and shares songs that are available under a Creative Commons license. And it recommends songs based on a user's listening preferences, almost like a totally personalized radio broadcast.
Webjay is a tool that helps you listen to and publish playlists on the web. Mp3 players like WinAmp, iTunes, RealOne, and Windows Media Player can be given a list of songs to play. Most of the time the songs are on the web, but they can also be on your computer. Webjay is all about playlists of songs on the web.
Free downloadable software program which looks at your iTunes library and finds others who have similar tastes. Clever idea really, not sure how well it works though. PC or Mac versions.
Collaborative system which builds your taste profile by using a plug-in for your media player (e.g. Winamp). Plugins send the name of every song you play to the Audioscrobbler server, which updates your musical profile with the new song...The system automatically matches you to people with a similar music taste, and generates personalised recommendations. Free mp3's and ones for purchase also available at their Downloads Section.
Sister vessel to AudioScrobbler (uses same servers). A streaming radio service which offers music referrals by checking out your listening habits before pointing you towards folk with similar tastes.
Record (Net) Labels Back to top
Swedelife is an indie music collective based in the SF Bay Area. They are releasing a song a day for free. It's an Mp3 blog with a Podcast as well.
Access Tonal Communications
Access Tonal Communications is an Electronic music collective ranging in different styles from Experimental to Electro Funk.
The netlabel for electro-organic dance music releases high quality mp3s under a creative commons license. Purpose is to promote danceable electronic music, based on organic or natural samples, sounds and structures, and to merge experimental weirdness with complaisant audibility.
Quirky interface aside, this German netlabel portal offers a large and varied selection of labels in various genres. If you can be bothered to navigate the cryptic links you'll probably find something cool.
Fabulous online record store with 71,000 artists. Taste the 2 minute streams of their huge catalog.
Indie label featuring noise, noisecore, darkwave, spoken word and other "Cruel and Unusual Music". Plenty of free mp3 files plus all songs are availble for download for 75 cents!
The Netlabel Catalogue is now a (Wiki) list, index, directory of music labels which offer you free downloads from their pages. Those netlabels are also often called mp3 label, online label, web label, internet label or even netaudio label...
A german CD-R and netlabel, bringing you a wide range of indie music from postrock over electronica to abstract rap. All the music is free and creative commons licensed.
New Zealand's Digital Dance & Electronica Label.
Their entire Indie Catalog Online.
Nice Canadian label selling lots of old blues, folk and other eclectic material for reasonable prices (e.g. $4.99 for 118MB file download of Blind Lemmon Jefferson tracks). Artists also include Elvis, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong and others, along with a fab streaming 40's jukebox and a few free Mp3 downloads. But not enough folks!!! C'mon don't be mean, upload some more!
One is a netlabel of the highest regards even though they are still relatively new. Strict quality control and a slow release schedule continue to set them apart from the pack. Highest recommendation.
Opsound is a record label and sound pool using an open source, copyleft model, an experiment in practical gift economics, a laboratory for new ways of releasing music.
Home of the Harshnoise music label. Numerous free mp3 downloads of tracks by some great harsh noise artists. Be aware that when they say 'harsh' and 'noise', they mean just that!
Classy, 21st century record label/distribution site with an impressively growing list of artists from many genres. No download links, but lots of free streaming and radio stations, applying the shareware idea to music, and if you fish the urls out of the playlists, (open them with a text editor), and copy/paste them into your browser's location bar, you can download the 128kbit mp3s directly, which are lisenced Creative Commons. Listen before you pay, and pay as much as you want too. 50 % goes to the artists ! Very cool ! ('Update' : And now they can send you 'real' CD's too.)
Beautifully designed site with a high quality output of Rap, Disco, Jazz, Funk, Soul and House. Tracks available under the Creative commons licence, and both Mp3 and Ogg Vorbis files mark out its 21st century cred.
The "original" SoCal pop/punk label founded by Fat Mike from NOFX. Limited downloads.
New York Indie label. Small but interesting selection of mp3's available for download from their roster. But wot, no Belle & Sebastian?
US indie label. Fair few artists on the roster, and a small collection of mp3's available for download.
Aloha Misc. Media House
Music and other media for free and for sale, from Victoria, BC, Canada.
Small 'net' label, featuring downloadable electronic music from a roster of artists. Nicely presented.
Small electronic net label featuring mp3 downloads and stuff.
a platform for electronix to create and inovate sounds and music. with artists from sweetzerland, germany and england... providing high-quality music and vision to your terminal. diffrent styles of music flushing together for an excellent output. free media for free people! the netaudio place for electronic-music lovers
Small 'xperimental' indie and electronic label with a reasonable selection of downloaded material available to all, as well as some politi-props to flesh out the decor.
Net label promoting a small stable of artists under a creative commons license. Cool, artistically done site. Small number of tracks.
Sounds That Soothe - music to calm & relax
Sounds That Soothe are a record label producing music that is both relaxing and inspiring. Listen to excerpts from their albums and download a free full mp3 of 'Highland Sunrise' from the album 'Silver Streams'
Small label by the looks of it. (Guys, why doncha use an About Us link and make my life easy eh?)
Indie label with small selection of stuff for streaming and download.
Free mp3 downloads from the innovative underground rap collective Anticon.
Certified Sound Music
Small selection of free music downloads and streaming from albums in a few genres.
QED records offers free singles, EP's, and full-length albums of electronic and experimental music. These releases include studio-recorded material as well as live recordings.
Comatronic is a netlabel focused on distributing quality electronic music under a creative commons license.
Another indie band site. Limited downloads from bands like the Fruit Bats. (This makes me look like I know what I'm talking about, but really I have NO idea who the Fruit Bats are/were/could be. Sorry!)
Neverwhere Records is an independent record label specializing in dark ambient, experimental electronic and space music. Download Free mp3s of Neverwhere Artists.
Steam Powered Studio
Steam Powered offers mp3 and ogg files from a variety of performers from the central PA region- blues, folk, jazz, and other. We are supported entirely by your sponsorship!
Experimental music netlabel.
userfriendly netlabel portal.
Musical Family Tree
1000s of Free MP3s by Midwest based Indie Rock bands.
Netlabel featuring wide ranges of electronics, deep ambientish to danceable. Explore & enjoy. [Bare bones file structure site, so don't expect anything flash in the way of user interface. Red]
Webbed Hand Records
Quote from site: Webbed Hand Records is an independent netlabel with a focus on strange works of audio art that defy tidy categories. With an expanding catalog of unique recordings and a growing roster of visionary sound artists, we're the label to visit for sound in the service of enchantment .. includes beautiful artwork ..
This is one of the most vibrant and unique netlabels there is. From the site: We are a small record label based in Leipzig / Germany and we produce a kind of music here which we call - for the lack of a better term - DIGITAL LAPTOP REGGAE (DLR).This means nothing else but that we produce first and above all REGGAE music (or DUB) in it's classical sense, which in itself is nothing new, but since we're having a background of mostly electronic music we're doing this with the only tool that is obvious to use for that purpose - a COMPUTER, and a computer only. [Update: Fabulous. Weird, but fabulous! Red]
A netlabel for free electronic music. Limited number of streamed tracks only though.
Polish net-label (in English) and concert agenda for experimental electronic music. A place of meeting for all interested in such artistic activities.
The Doubtful Palace
Five tons of fill dirt and a bucket of squid. [Should net-labels be quite this wacky? :) Red]
Lepers Produtcions is a free new net label. We give for free what our lepers produce. Lepers Plays Noise, pop, glam, country electronic, with a lo-fi DIY attitude. We're proud of ourself. Spread the disease.
Erratik Productions - Free Music Videos and MP3s
Erratik Productions is a production company that creates fresh, eclectic entertainment including rock, jazz, electronica, and hip-hop music.
We specialize in music videos, short video works, feature length documentaries and fiction films as well.
Non-English Sites Back to top
Muzie is a Japanese amateur and indie artists' web site, similar to mp3.com of old. Has over 65,000 songs of every genre conceivable. The site is in Japanese, but is easy to navigate for non-Japanese speakers. Music is in mp3 with some in RealMedia.
The first Spanish "Copyleft" music site in "OGG" compression format. In this site you find songs and one important strategy for music license - cryptography and time stamp to warranty your songs. The proposal of this site is to take the LINUX idea to the music.
A French libre music portal, a non-profit org. All-days-growing community of over 40+ labels, 300+ artists, licenced under 16+ different copyleft or CC licenses. Music archive (also in english) in ogg/mp3 format, streaming, podcasts, comments...Rss feeds, news, forums, links base...
Latin American music in the Netherlands
A page about musique from South America in Holland
German language weblog-magazine that specializes in interviews, portraits and in finding quality free music downloads from around the world. Also you find the weekly netaudio-charts, a place to get to know new artists by giving them a listen. Last not least you find even mp3-mix-tapes...
German language portal that specializes in finding quality free music downloads from around the world. Great site features are music compilations for lazy people and the Top 100 download chart. (The link opens the English welcome page.)
Artists Community from Europe. Also features an Open Netaudio Podcast Community.
A German site, easy to navigate with a big selection of genres, and a search engine.
The rough guide to music you don't hear on the radio, in French. Also a record label and French collective T.I.M.E.C., with Electronic, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Jam Bands, Pop, Rock, Reggae and World music.
A site similar to this one, but in French, with tons of links to legal download sites. Easy to find artists offering a certain genre, even if you do not understand French.
Brazilian site featuring about 10,000 tracks from local unsigned bands. Good stuff.
Brazilian site featuring about 1,700 tracks from 274 artists, well organised in genres.
Site of the singer Manolo Almeida in which you will be able to download more than 40 songs in mp3 corresponding to his two albums, home records and preproductions. In addition, also his literary work is available for downloading.
Band and website (in spanish/english)also from Spain offering free mp3s by Street Spirit, El Sueño de Marla, Split the Brain and other bands, all ready to download under cc copyleft license.
Eorann, Basque country rock, full mp3 for download.
Band and website (in spanish) from Barcelona, Spain offering not only their music, but also many other copyleft musical works.
The official website of the popular french canadian singer
At the western edge of Siberia, thousands of miles east of Moscow, are the Ural Mountains, the border between Asia and Europe. Truly the far side of the world. But there is Rock and Roll there. The site is sort of funky with the frames, but there is a goldmine of mp3 files. All in Russian, but interesting to poke through. The menu button "3BYKN" (with a backward N) will bring up the band listing, so you can sample the sounds. Some truly amazing and fresh stuff.
Yoosic.de - Digitale Musique Boutique
In German. You can download a lot of songs for free, like a EP from Queen Of Japan or the complete Album from Sam $ Valley! Just search for Price= 0 Euro and you get the whole free mp3 catalog.
Swedish bizarre rock.
Great synthesizermusic from germany. The most tracks are for free download!
At the crossroads between, blues, soul and Americana, there's us... With some French and English lyrics, a French band that's really kicking...
Bands Offering Mp3s Back to top
The band that will change it all. Free mp3, free video, frequently updated with new studio and live recordings.
Involved since the early begining in the freedom of music, Godon delivers a groovy, punchy and inspired energic french rock, with full of sens lyrics. Listen to mp3's and buy the CD on cdbaby.com or underprod.com.
Featuring the awesome vocals of John Harvan. If you like acoustic rock that touches your heart and soul? Styll has what you desire. Listen to mp3's and buy the CD on our web site. Styll's - Still Standing, Still Strong CD is loaded with great songs.
Ambient electronic soundscapes blended with modern grooves, similar to Enigma and Delerium. Free mp3 downloads on the music page.
The website of a female singer that has some instrumentals too. Download for free or donate via Paypal for the music you really like. Recommended.
The Sheets web site
1980's, early 90's pop rock band site
A norwegian kid who has a site full of crazy electronic music. It's worth a listen or two (hundred).
Bray, an R&B artist from California, offers his entire catalog for download/streaming here.
LP Project Argo
LP has been pushing the envelope of forward-thinking electronic dance music since rave culture was barely beyond its infancy. Since that time, thousands of excited fans have born witness to the spectacle that is their live performance. LP represents a unique and refreshing blend of energetic progressive house, trance, and break beat.
Digitaria´s first single, Anti, is available for download. Composed in January 2003, it features vocals by Cida Nogueira and was produced by John. The single also contains a remix by the brazilian Dj Roger Moore and one by the french project U-point. The sleeve was designed by Misprinted Type.
The Ear Reverends, experimental rock and stuff, offer all of their releases as mp3 downloads under creative commons by-nc-sa license.
Eddiemuerte makes music with his synthesizers, samplers and grooveboxes. Check back for new mp3 downloads.
Bizarre electronic and funky classical music by noted Brooklyn composer, Jeff Harrington. Large scale piano pieces, chamber pieces, experimental electronic, microtonal and ambient - all mp3's freely available most also with accompanying PDF scores. "Harrington is the most intriguing new figure I've discovered on the Web..." Kyle Gann, Village Voice, July 7, 1999
A Malaysian based indie band offers its songs for download.
A group of musicians from Brighton. There are currently three key contributors : Legs Mc, Mr Cooper and Scketch.
Swedish hip hop group with songs for free download.
Please keep in mind that these files are for PROMOTIONAL use only. Listen to the songs, watch the videos, stare at Joe's nose, whatever...but countless hours of work and loads of money have been put into making the Non-Prophets a reality, so show some love and buy the single.
They Might Be Giants
Free mp3 with the newsletter or a streaming audio program - the clock-radio.
For your ears, a selection of mp3's to download at your leisure. They will be updated, changed, turned inside out, and all sorts of things every so often. Composed/Produced by s24, unless stated otherwise.
Some dark and menacing alt.country songs to download for free.
Free music downloads from UK singer songwriter Tom Fox, an artist with eclectic soul, pop, rnb, disco, smooth jazz and acid jazz influences.
Old 2004 Lp avalailable for free download.
Ground-breaking Indie Legends from Southern California. Entire catalog (1982 - now) available for download. 1000s of original dada-like punk and rock songs.
Free internet music's best kept secret. All original music that defies description. Download 5 full albums for free in mp3 format from this mighty band.
Oklahoma Dirt Band
Download 4 original Country Gospel songs written by the Oklahoma Dirt Band before they are released to radio.
Download Bell X-1's first album for free: instrumental music with atmospheric atmosphere, hypnotic loops, samples, aerial arpeggios and noisy guitars.
A spanish Hardcore Punk band with free music for free people.
Pixul.net - Hip-Hop Drum Tutorial
Not much, just a single article regarding hip-hop drums. Really simple stuff, for people who don't know a thing about hip-hop track creating.
The Official Website of former Come-singer/songwriter Thalia Zedek. Will feature free mp3's and extended discography (Live Skull, Uzi, Dangerous Birds, Come)
Freely download and distribute 4 indie-rock tunes from this unique band whose members hail from Boston, Baltimore, and San Francisco.
Bootleggers and Motor Tater
Bootleggers and Motor Tater is the combined project from Kent Siebe and Keith Trimm. All mp3 downloads are free.
Free mp3 Music Albums of Dogmael Damien to download.
The Roscoe Experiment
Post Club Electro, or Dance Music For People Who Can't Dance. Check out 'Stereo-Prequel' release, "There I Am", and download it.
Experimental musiko. Free CC licensed music by Lanark, from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Full songs from their 2004 release! Rave reviews and licensing with MTV made this CD a hit. Look for the follow-up in early 2006.
dean18 has an original sound that comes from many different musical influences from Elvis Costello to Talking Heads to Moby to the Beatles. Each song is unique but incorporates different musical textures that explore different pop styles in new ways. Different without being weird (O.K. sometimes a little weird).
Ritualistik is a unique experimental psy trance artist from Melbourne, Australia. All songs are downloadable in high quality ogg vorbis format.
Hip Hop from Slovenia. Needs more tracks for download.
Without A Knife offers up free acoustic downloads and streams of the music of Drew Blackard.
B.E.Mann 'the energy man' supersite
'Official' site of the international reggae entertainer.
Good songs for good people from good people.
The official site for the UK electronica duo.
Free Rock Music Videos
Looking for the "Fight for Freedom" Music Video? Here it is! Also other Free Rock Music Videos and Mp3's
All Traps Set
All Traps Set - Psych, Drums, Avant-Garde
Norway's ambient pioneer presents a vast collection of his music comissioned for art-installations etc.
Electronica DJ site, with some free mp3 downloads. Ambient meets minimal progressive house.
downEdge is known for its unique blend of attitude, melancholic moods and aggression, deriving from grunge and metal. The band's live-performance is a direct reflection of its music; variations between explosive energy and vulnerable melodic passages.
Techno producer : Statix
Statix is a belgian techno producer & DJ. On his site you will find free mp3 downloads, music links and more...
A free mp3 album including rock, country, reggae...with good amount of digital elements added.
Official Website of Andy Bleeding Hands Hughes
Claims to be the best acoustic solo artist in the known world.
The Kilvo Blog
Download free, independent music, full album downloads.
Without a Knife
The music of Drew Blackard. Accoustic demos, live recordings and free streams.
Big Samad Sefiane
Big Samad Sefiane represents the new free style hip-hop, heavy bass, comedy rap and disco mix with a little techno electronica flavor.