The Big List of Legal Music Download Websites

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With all the fuss about piracy and the RIAA, legal music download websites help to put your guilt to rest by enjoying free and legal MP3 music downloads without the hassle of government agents breaking down your door. Here’s the problem though. Most free and legal MP3 music downloads a) aren’t easy to find; and b) feature music which aren’t that great.

But not this list — this is the big list of legal music download websites that rock!

Last.fm

legal music download websites

When writing an article about legal music download websites, we’ve got to list Last.fm. Everyday, Last.fm features a new free legal MP3 music download with no strings attached. Preview the songs using their integrated player and if you like the track, download it. There are currently over 250 free MP3s available for download, spanning over 20 genres.

Bandcamp

legal music download websites

Bandcamp shouldn’t require an introduction here. We feature it almost everyday in our Music Mania segment. It’s hands down, one of the best legal music download websites at this point in time. They have a vast library of artists with new albums popping up almost everyday. You’re free to listen to any song you want and if the album is free, you can download it in MP3, ALAC, FLAC, MP3 VBR and OGG. I reiterate, it’s one of the best music download websites you can find right now. Bookmark it.

Epitonic

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Epitonic is one of those legal music download websites where they emphasis more on the songs than on design. As a result, the songs are displayed in text across three categories: featured, new and editor’s choice. Click on any song and it starts playing in their integrated player. You can also download any song (or all of them) right on the front page.

Jamendo

legal music download websites

Highly regarded as one of the best legal music download websites, Jamendo is pretty similar to Bandcamp. You’ll find thousands of completely free and legal MP3 music downloads to browse through. You’re also able to preview any song via its integrated player. No login is required.

Noisetrade

legal music download websites

Noisetrade is one of those legal music download website where you get free and legal music downloads in exchange for some information like your email and postal code. It also allows you the option to help the artist by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a fair trade. As a legal music download website, I couldn’t really ask it for more.

purevolume

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purevolume is another awesome legal music download websites that features both paid and free legal MP3 music downloads. You can browse the site fairly quickly to search for the best free songs because purevolume conveniently compiles them into Top Songs, Top Downloads, Albums, Features, and Past Features. Again, every song is available for preview via their integrated player. There isn’t an option to download entire albums so you do have to manually download each song individually. But hey, they are quality songs from a great legal music download website, so you’ve got zero guilt weighing you down.

ReverbNation

Legal music download websites

ReverbNation is not only a legal music download website, it’s also a valuable resource for fans and their favourite bands. Just like Last.fm, ReverbNation publishes band tour dates and even allows you to buy concert tickets directly.

Added 12/5: Daytrotter

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Daytrotter features one band a day, everyday. Every song is recorded in the Daytrotter recording studio at The Horseshack in downtown Rock Island, Ill. The artist featured are probably unheard of but that’s the beauty of Daytrotter — they don’t want to feature mainstream artists but rather to allow you to discover new stars. Albums are categorised by sessions and you’re able to preview any track with their built-in player. All albums are available in 128 kbps MP3 for free as a one-click download.

Added 12/5: RCRD LBL

legal music download websites

RCRD LBL mostly features mostly singles. In fact, they have over 25,000 free singles on their website, free for your listening pleasure via their integrated player. Tracks must be downloaded individually and an account is required (sign up is free).

As the web is ever-expanding, there will be more music download websites cropping up. So bearing in mind that this isn’t a finite list, I would like to ask for your suggestions and recommendations in the comments.

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31 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Grooveshark should def. Be I’m there, but really the site I use everyday is prostopleer.com, a Russian google like site for mp3 files. You can upload files, make playlists and download 15 tracks a day for free! Love this site :)

    • Thanks for your suggestions, Richard!

  2. beezik.com

    free and legal

    • Hey Karim,

      Thanks for your recommendation!

    • Only available if you’re in France or Monaco.

  3. Youtube-mp3.org and youtube can get you free music, pretty legal. Fair use and all that.

  4. rcrdlbl.com is free and legal too, awesome music.
    Great post.

  5. Thanks for the suggestions, James and Andrew!

  6. gaana.com and mflow.com

  7. Amazon.com and their MP3 store has lots of legal free songs and albums. Not the big name bands usually, but very good break out artists. You can search by genre also. Just last week I got a track from Emmylou Harris and another from Hank Williams (the old man, not the kid).

  8. What about etree at archive.org?

  9. Anyone know of a full-featured music store that sell uncompressed audio, like WAV or AIFF?

    • Not too sure about that, Brashes.

  10. beemp3.com , ab3mp3.com and mp3raid.com. I’m not sure these are legal. Others that have late music are best-clips.org and iM1music.net. Nice post Chung!

    • Thanks!

  11. in Australia, Guvera is legal & free, you just have to look at ads to get the download.

  12. If you download free mp3 songs, are you able to play them on an apple device. Do they sync to itunes ok?

    • Absolutely! I’ve managed to sync them to my iPhone without a hitch. These songs are all DRM-free.

      • Well thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

      • Brilliance for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a ceirtfied genius.

  13. yes..you are right.very useful info.

  14. Being an old fart I like classic rock, so, do any of these sites stand out as being better with the obscure old 60′s and 70′s bands, say for instance the Good Rats?

  15. Grooveshark is probably the best, but they don’t have everything. For all the lesser known stuff and even popular songs I use http://www.linkrepo.com for free mp3s

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  19. Hi, folks. Here’s the list of sites I would recommend:

    RockProper – http://rockproper.com/all

    Aurgasm – http://aurgasm.us/

    FingerTips – http://www.fingertipsmusic.com/

    I(heart)music – http://www.iheartmusic.net/serendipity/

  20. gratis.mu is probably the best site for the latest hip-hop, R&B and electronica etc. It’s got a nice interface and seems to only include the top rated albums and all can be downloaded legally for free.

    It has streams too so you can check the albums out before downloading.

    http://www.gratis.mu/

    It’s not a site for the old farts though :)

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