Ever since Napster, the words “Download MP3″ have almost always been associated with piracy. Although MP3 files are still very popular in many P2P services (and will probably continue to be so), there are plenty of sites and services that allow you to download MP3 files – in a legal manner and absolutely free.
10 Sites with Free & Legal MP3 Downloads
- ClearBits – This site provides hosting and distribution for open licensed media. ClearBits distributes high quality, open-licensed (Creative Commons) digital media, datasets, and artwork for Content Creators. You can find many interesting MP3 files here. Check out the music section.
- Stereogum – An online community for independent and alternative music news, legal MP3s, and videos.
- GarageBand – A great site for discovering fresh, independent music and download MP3s for free.
- Jamendo – Another wonderful community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. You can also share your own original music here.
- The Internet Archive - Open Source Section – A huge deposit of audio files and music from all over – free and legal to download.
- SoundClick – A free music community featuring signed and unsigned bands plus state of the art social media tools. SoundClick offers free member profile pages, mp3 downloads, streaming audio and video, music charts, custom radio stations, a proprietary music store, message boards, lyrics and music e-cards.
- PureVolume – This site offers discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Each artist has a profile that typically contains basic info, updates, photos, shows and music for streaming. Artists have the option of making each of their songs available for free download.
- MP3.co.au – Thousands of MP3 in dozens of genres, all free and legal to download.
- EZ-Tracks – Ez-Tracks is a legal music download site. The free mp3 downloads found on EZ-Tracks are brought to you through partnerships with the record labels that own the rights to their tracks.
- Musicishare – A networking platform for artists and anyone in the music business with music to share. Artists can upload MP3 songs and share MP3 downloads from their profile.