How to Find Legal Music Online for Free

Downloading music online is a very popular activity with both good and bad connotations. Most of what you hear about people downloading music has to do with internet piracy and copyright infringement. Unfortunately, this is the route that many tech-savvy people take in order to download music that they can play on their portable audio devices. Why pay for music when they can get it for free?

Not everyone is like that, however. Some people just pay for the music. Others don’t want to pay, but they still want to download free music.

Fortunately, there are websites out there that allow you to download music for free legally, and they require no payment or subscriptions.

Some of these websites are easy to find, but others you need to spend a little more time researching.

Here are some websites that do offer completely legal, free music:

AmazonMP3.com – A very popular site that you can buy music from, but also has a section of free music. Just search for free songs and you’ll be able to download them instantly. The only downside is that you have to use their special downloading tool. The good news is that if you do plan on buying from their large selection of music, they offer much cheaper prices than their biggest competitors like iTunes.

Last.fm – Another very popular site for streaming music. All over this site you can find free downloads with direct links and no signups. You can sign up and pay for songs, but it is totally optionally. They have other paid features as well, if you’re interested… but the free music comes with no strings attached.

Sometimes you can find free music by browsing through an artist’s website or blog. A lot of artists are very innovative and choose to put their songs up online for free. Both popular and smaller, independent artists choose this method of promoting themselves, and you can benefit from the free music.

You can also use a search engine like Google, but it’s often tedious searching through all the garbage results in order to find the good stuff. Most of the websites are not really free and they usually require a subscription of some sort. A lot of the results also point to websites that are promoting online piracy with software like P2P applications. These are the websites you want to avoid.

Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to look for online when you want free music. You may think that’s impossible to find good, free music online, but if you search hard enough, you will find it.