12 Best Websites to Download Licensed Music for Free
How to get free licensed music for your web projects? This is a frequently asked question on webmaster forums. Since today, downloading torrents is not an option in most countries, due to copyright infringements it is a legit question how to get your hands on good music for free and in a way that you are not breaking the law.
Thankfully, there are such possibilities. Before you go typing into Google ‘download free mp3’ you ought to look out for those song licenses or rights, cause when it means free it does not always mean it can’t bring legal consequences with itself. So, here are a few websites which allow you to download licensed music for free.
Most of you probably know of SoundCloud, it offers the largest collection of songs that you can listen to for free, online. SoundCloud has its community of popular artists that even give you the option to download some of their materials, which is totally free and safe. You just have to look for your favorite artist or a song that you like and look for a download button and you can download it directly onto your device.
SoundCloud even gives you the option to download music via an app that exists both for Android and iOS platforms. If you have a Windows Phone there are third-party apps for that too, so what are you waiting for? Get your free music off of SoundCloud.
Vimeo is mostly famous for video uploads, but did you know that you can download music from it as well? Vimeo has a music store where it offers you the ability to buy songs, but you can also search for ‘Creative Commons’ songs, which are totally free to download. Those songs can be simply downloaded by a single click to your devices but you will have to register to the site first, which is pretty straight forward as well.
Amazon is sometimes called the Walmart of the Internet. From downloading movies to buying books; you can purchase lots of things from it. There is the option to get mp3 music as well.
Amazon has 46, 882 free songs in its tune list from performers such as the Foo Fighters or Blondie. You can browse songs by genre and it even tells you how many songs there are in each category. It can be a bit hard to find the option for free songs on Amazon but you can do it by simply going on the ‘Movies, Music & Games’ tab, then to ‘Digital Music’, then on ‘Deals’ and finally on ‘Free’. Amazon even gives you the option to see the vast selection of mp3 songs by user reviews.
Before you start downloading songs from YouTube via www.youtube-mp3.org, we warn you that while this could be legal, you should watch out for the content’s license agreements. This can be easily checked by opening the filter tab under the search bar where you are given an option to filter music by different aspects. There is also a filter called ‘Creative Commons’, you should click on that and start looking for the songs that you like. Once you are done with this, you can go ahead to whatever video you feel like and download that song in mp3 format.
Protip: You can download mp3 songs easily by altering the song’s URL address just a bit. All you have to do is delete the ‘ube’ out of your YouTube link like this: www.yout.com/watch… And you’ll be taken to a site where you can download the song in the featured video.
This site will give you the option to download your songs in various qualities, but you have to sign-up to gain access to better quality downloads. But, of course, there are multiple ways to get your songs from YouTube, like the site we mentioned before.
This site is one of the oldest which exist on the internet. Although, it might be the oldest music site that exists, it does not have a huge collection of free songs like the other downloading sites. Of course this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find any good jams, you just have to click and search.
MP3.com serves as a promoting site as well, helping young and upcoming artists reach out to their new fans, worldwide. With this service you can help out the artists by sharing their work and showing it to your friends via social media networks.
Last.fm got famous as an internet radio service that started in 2002. The site brings you amazing tracks just like as if you were listening to your local radio station, but it offers you the option to download your songs, for free in mp3 format. However, the free mp3 song collection is not as vast as you might expect, you can still find good tracks among the free ones.
What makes it easy to download from Last.fm is that you do not need an account to be able to click on the download button under the songs. The site even has its own app for Windows, Android and iOS platforms for you to download.
Jamendo gives you the option to browse through a large collection of indie songs or cover songs, which are performed by great artists. If you like high quality cover songs or you are simply interested in finding new, exciting bands; this site is definitely for you.
You can stream or download as many songs from Jamendo as you want and the best part about it is that there are no hidden tricks. You do not have to fill out forms and there isn’t a download limit. You can simply click on the song you fancy and you have it directly downloaded to your device.
Many talented singers have uploaded their work to be downloaded freely, since to them it serves the purpose of getting noticed, so downloading their work is a great way to support them as well. By January 2015 there have been 460,000 tracks uploaded, making this site one of the largest music libraries in the world. The site is available in six languages, such as English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish.
QTRAX’s motto is “free now, and free forever” which makes the site very appealing to music lovers. It is a new and free service that brings all of your favorite artists’ latest songs to you for free and legally. QTRAX is a software that has to be downloaded to your device and from it, you can download as many songs as you want and once this is done, you can listen to them offline.
It gives you the option to listen to radio channels and streams which ensures that you’ll never run out of good songs. There is an app but it is only available on Windows for now, but it will have apps for Android and iOS platforms as well really soon.
Free Music Archive
In 2009 a radio station called WFMU, based in New Jersey came up with a project that’s goal was to make new artists’ music from all genres available to the public, thus the Free Music Archive was born.
FMA works a bit like SoundCloud. It does not only give you the option to download music from artists, but you are able to upload your work as well. The site gives you the option to listen to podcasts and awesome radio stations like KEXP which frequently post live cuts from their studio sessions with big-name artists. Free Music Archive is available on Android and iOS platforms as well.
PureVolume is more than a site; it’s a community for the music lovers of the World. It gives you the option to upload your music, not just to download. Listeners can support their favorite artists by downloading or listening to their tracks and giving them an up-vote.
The site primarily serves as a profile for artists, where they can share basic information about themselves, pictures and music that they have created. Most of these artists make their music free on the site, so all you have to do is browse and look for songs that you like. If some artists do not give you the option to download you can still stream their songs online for free.
From music to software, you can download everything for free to your device from Internet Archive. The audio sections of the site not only offer you tracks from bands and performers but it also offers audio books, podcasts and live music. You can find really good stuff on the site, but you will have to search for it. The filters of the site are a bit clunky but you will be able to find something for your taste if you look hard enough.
SoundClick is not famous for its huge library of free music but it does deliver a decent amount of free music. It mostly depends on the artist, but the majority of them let you download their content for free. The site even gives you the option to buy the rights for songs which might interest those who want to perform other’s songs.