How to Legally Download Music for Free

Are you looking for ways to download music legally and for free? You're in luck! There are still plenty of options available to you. From YouTube's audio library to the Free Music Archive, Jamendo, NoiseTrade, Musopen, the Internet Archive, SoundCloud, BeSonic, PureVolume, Jamendo, and Google Play Store, you can find a variety of sources for free and legal music downloads. YouTube's audio library is a great place to start. It's mainly aimed at people who need to produce royalty-free music for use in videos, but anyone with a YouTube account can access the library through YouTube Studio and download as many songs as they want.

In addition to free music tracks, YouTube's audio library also includes sound effects that are free to use in all your creative works. The Free Music Archive is another great source for free music downloads. It has existed for many years and is still as popular as ever. It's one of the best places on the web to find free music.

Jamendo is a platform that allows independent artists without a contract to easily distribute their music to their fans. It currently has more than 240,000 royalty-free songs by 40,000 artists. NoiseTrade is another great option for free music downloads. While some songs require a small payment, many are available for free download.

When downloads are available, you can often choose the quality - usually a 320 kbps MP3, a 160 kbps MP3, or a lossless WAV file. SoundCloud is one of the popular music sites that allow you to stream unlimited music and download songs for free. It's also considered the best Spotify alternative where you can get music online without paying. BeSonic proclaims itself as a “music promotion network” and has many functions for artists to bring their music to new ears.

You can search by genre, but also by popular artists and keywords.PureVolume is another music discovery site with an excellent search function. Unlike others, you'll find songs by renowned artists such as Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi and The Killers available for streaming, but unfortunately not for download. However, you'll find thousands of tracks by independent artists to download for offline listening.Jamendo is probably the place you're looking for if you're looking for stock music for commercial projects. They have a lot of royalty-free music with which you can do whatever you want.

The most interesting thing is that they have a really good discovery platform where you can find new and promising artists.The Internet Archive is useful for much more than just laughing at how bad the web looked in 1999 - it's also a fantastic free music website. Not all songs on the site can be downloaded for free; the artist has to make each song available on a case-by-case basis and some require a small payment.Musopen is one of the best free music download sites for Beethoven lovers. It features recordings of some of the most famous classical musicians of all time - from Bach and Beethoven to Tchaikovsky and Holst - that you can search by composer, performer, instrument, period and form.Google Play Store has been a source of free and legal music downloads since it launched. Not all songs can be downloaded for free; however, those that don't have a minimum price can be downloaded by entering 0 in the payment box and following the on-screen instructions.If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you have access to millions of free music downloads that you can play on any device and save them to listen to without an Internet connection.Audionautix offers free MP3 downloads; however, you must give credit to the composer before using them in your video or on any other platform.

Finally, podcasts are another great way to discover new music from unknown and future artists before they become famous. You can find many websites that allow you to download free podcasts; however, not all of them are legal.

Allan Seeberger
Allan Seeberger

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