• 5 ways to get music for free and legally on the internet from online video sharing sites and radio stations

    Posted on July 30th, 2013 David Brooks | 47 comments

    With the improved attention on copyright protection, there’re a lot of laws being actively discussed around the Web to define the legality of free music. The only problem now is what free and legal music is and what is not. Even though a consumer has purchased the commercial music album or tracks from Amazon or iTunes, he or she does not actually own the copyright, and therefore the track cannot be legally used as the background music for video or animation. Actually, whether the free music is legal or not is depending on its usage. It’s all about how you’re going to use that music – simply listen or gain profit on its distribution. If you just get these free music for listening, you could have a look at the following 5 methods to get music for free and legally.

    Video sharing websites

    Video sharing sites

    There are a lot of video sharing sites such as YouTube, Vevo, and MTV Music that get branded channels where singers and bands release their music videos and audio videos. You have the chance to find and listen to almost any audio track, add it to your playlists and share with friends. But you have to play videos in order to listen to music.

    Music streaming services

    Music streaming services

    There are numerous online services which transmit music on demand from the Internet. The most popular of them are Last.fm, Pandora, Grooveshark, Spotify, Rdio and Dezeer.

    The best part is that these websites are accessible from almost any PC, Mac, or mobile device.

    The services have agreements with major record labels and thus provide legal access to music. All services have free membership option (usually ad-supported and with limited features). Still to get most, you have to buy a subscription.

    Unfortunately, geo-restrictions (often set by record companies) make most music streaming services useless for third world countries. This fact gives rise to local Internet radios like In.com.

    Music streaming software

    music streaming software

    Various music streaming software are available for you to choose from for getting music for free, just like Leawo’s Music Recorder, which lets you easily record any sound from either internal or external audio sources of  your computer.  This music recording software could allow users get music for free from online video sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook, and FM radio stations just like AOL Music and Last.fm. No download functionality, so the software is absolutely legal.

    Music archives

    music archives

    Amazon has a section of free music downloads. iTunes throws out a couple of free songs every week, encouraging listeners to discover new music. Fan communities such as Etree and OverclockedRemix give access to free music tracks, live concerts, and remixes on a non-commercial basis.

    AudioJungle offers royalty-free tracks free or under $1.

    Archives like Jamendo distribute free and legal music under a CreativeCommons license, meaning that the music can be freely listened to, used, and redistributed under the same license.

    Music blogs

    obscure sound

    Music blogs are also a good source of free legal music. Usually, such blogs are used by newborn bands and artists for self-promotion. In fact, there is a great number of such blogs, each of them focused on a specific audience and offering different kind of music – from indie-rock to the avant-garde. The examples of such blogs are ObscureSound, Spinner, Elbows, HypeMachine, etc.  If it’s not always free to download music from these blogs, you may play songs on them with no limitations.

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