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10 Sites for Downloading Free & Legal MP3

April 7th, 2010

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

  1. 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.
  2. Stereogum – An online community for independent and alternative music news, legal MP3s, and videos.
  3. GarageBand – A great site for discovering fresh, independent music and download MP3s for free.
  4. Jamendo – Another wonderful community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. You can also share your own original music here.
  5. The Internet Archive - Open Source Section – A huge deposit of audio files and music from all over – free and legal to download.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. MP3.co.au – Thousands of MP3 in dozens of genres, all free and legal to download.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Is Pandora Out of the Death Box?

March 8th, 2010

Pandora is a wonderful personalized music service. It used to be my favorite internet radio and I visited it every day. After a period of bliss, and because of strict and cruel copyright regulations, Pandora closed for users outside the US.

After that, it just got worse, and the company was about to close. Pandora was the only internet service that created successful personalization, and in a very difficult arena – music. It was sheer pleasure to listen to song after song of perfectly wonderful music, that fit my tastes exactly. That was why I was very sorry to hear about Pandora’s problems.

These days, it’s reported that Pandora is back on the right track:

At the end of 2009, Pandora reported and its first profitable quarter and $50 million in annual revenue — mostly from ads and the rest from subscriptions and payments from iTunes and Amazon.com when people buy music. Revenue will probably be $100 million this year, said Ralph Schackart, a digital media analyst at William Blair.

Too bad the site is still not open to the citizens of the world.

Read the full article: How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard

Vevo Boasts More Traffic than MySpace Music in December

January 14th, 2010

Vevo, an online music jukebox, is boasting impressive traffic figures, only a month after its ,launch.

The service, owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Company and powered by YouTube, got more traffic than MySpace Music in December and was declared as the most visited US web network in the Entertainment Music category, with more than 35 million unique visitors, according to comScore.

Vevo’s proposition is to offer a separately branded, legal, high-quality viewing experience within YouTube that allows advertisers to target young audience, drawn to music videos on YouTube. Major advertisers such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Nissan, Bose, and McDonald’s are already placing ads in the service.

At the moment, Vevo can only be accessed directly from North America, but music fans can access Vevo content through YouTube from anywhere.