These are 5 best sites to download music for free.
Everyone likes to get something for free, right? Well, what if we told you that we found five free music download sites that are completely legal? The sites we present all offer some sort of free audio downloads, giving you a risk-free way to discover new bands and artists.
If you like what you hear and can afford it, you could choose to pay to download more of this content and support the artist in question.
Here are, in alphabetical order, five free music download sites that we like to poke around.
The Free Music Archive, FMA, is now owned by music platform and music licensing company Tribe of Noise. It was founded in 2009 by radio station WFMU. The site offers free access to original music with open licenses.
FMA states that tens of millions of visitors download music for personal use every month, many sharing and remixing music from the FMA into videos, podcasts, movies, games, apps, and even school projects.
You can search the wealth of free music by genre. These include blues, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, pop, rock, country, folk, classical, soul and R’n’B, as well as more niche categories such as spoken content, experimental audio, and old time/historical.
What we especially like is that those genres are divided into subgenres. For example, electronic has subcategories such as jungle, techno, chill-out, trip-hop and dubstep.
You can also search by keywords to find content. You can stream music on the site. And when you find a song you like, just click the download arrow. You can also add tracks to your own “mixes”.
FMA users can “tip” an artist when they hear something nice by sending a donation directly to the artist’s PayPal account.
2. Jamendo Music
Founded in Luxembourg in 2004, Jamendo was the first platform to legally share free music from any creator under Creative Commons licenses. Jamendo says it’s “all about connecting musicians and music lovers from all over the world.”
On Jamendo Music you can enjoy a catalog of over 500,000 tracks from 40,000 artists from over 150 countries around the world. You can stream all music for free without logging in.
If you hear something you like and want to download it (for personal use only) you’ll need to sign up, but it’s a quick and easy process. Once signed in, just click the “Free Download” button that you see next to the “Play” button on the track’s page. Liking, sharing and adding the track to a playlist are all similarly simple clicks.
If you want to use Jamendo Music to discover new music, we recommend checking out the site’s “Hot Selections”, playlists handpicked by Jamendo’s music experts. You can also use Jamendo’s “Explore” tab to browse communities and playlists, even if you’re looking for The Next Big Thing, the latest releases.
3. Reverb Nation
Since 2006, ReverbNation has provided an online streaming service for artists to promote their work and for fans to enjoy. ReverbNation is primarily a music streaming service that allows users to purchase music. The platform also allows artists to set different permissions for their content, and some choose to offer free downloads.
When a track on ReverbNation is available for download, you’ll see a small download icon next to the song’s duration. Click on it to save it to your computer.
Some artists and bands may require you to “like” their page, share it, or subscribe to their mailing list, but if you’re a fan of that song, that’s not a problem.
We like ReverbNation’s very clean design and simple user interface. You can simply click “Play” on any of the collections to discover new music, handpicked by ReverbNation’s Curation Team.
You can use the sidebar to browse or see what’s new in your favorite genres. Whenever you find something you like, you can add it to your library or share music with friends and on social networks.
SoundClick, the longest-standing service we present, is a true pioneer in online music. Founded in 1997 by twin brothers Tanju and Tolgar Canli, SoundClick’s mission is “to work on behalf of the artists, to make their music easily available online”.
SoundClick is a social music community with particularly robust social features. When you sign up, you get your own profile page with photo albums and video uploads. You can also create your own SoundClick stations.
You can stream and download music on the site. There are many, many songs available to download for free for personal use in MP3 format, but note that some songs are only for sale.
Tracks that can be downloaded are easily identified by the download icon on the right of the screen.
Downloading is super fast and easy. You just need to click the download button, the download will start right away.
SoundCloud, which was launched in 2008, claims to be the world’s largest music and audio platform. SoundCloud lets people discover a wide selection of music from a very diverse creator community. Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to share their content with a global audience so we can enjoy great music online for free.
SoundCloud contains music from all the genres you would expect. It’s super easy to search by keyword and find a song or SoundCloud playlist you like. If you hear a song you particularly like, click through to see if it’s available as a free download.
If you don’t see a download button, it means the user who uploaded the file didn’t intend to download it.
You can follow artists to see when they have new content. SoundCloud makes it easy to share music with friends and to social networks. If you click the “Share” option, you can share the track on Twitter, Facebook, Tum