Back in the old days downloading free music from the internet was easy. Napster, Limewire and Kazaa were the most popular p2p music sharing programs and nobody cared about free music downloads at all. Things changed when first Napster was closed down due to the music industry claiming the software witheld people from buying music. The years after the downfall of Napster other peer 2 peer websites and programs that offered free music downloads were shut down. Nowadays the music download and music listening world is changing again.
The music industry is convinced that the internet is by far the number one place to promote artists and their music, hence the increasing number of free music downloads. Also the strong growth of music streaming services such as Spotify, Grooveshark and Youtube contributes to the increasing popularity of distributing free music online. FreeMusicDownload.nu will try to learn you the basics on free music downloading from the internet. Please note that we do not encourage you to participate in the illegal download of free music. Artists and the music industry need your support to keep their businesses save.
Downloading and listening to free music from the internet is very easy. Lots of websites offer free music streams for your convenience. Also there are a number of possibilities for those looking to download music from the internet. Usenet for instance has a lot of free music available for download. Also various easy to use bittorrent clients can be downloaded for free. On both of these ‘networks’ lots of rights-free music can be downloaded for free.
Another way to download free music is the use of Google or Yahoo as an mp3 search engine. Searching for music in mp3 or any other format with either one of those search engines is very easy to learn. Next to that using Google or Yahoo to download free music means getting access to lots of mp3 files that are not available on any other place online. If you want to know more about how to download free music on the internet continue reading this site.
Free Music Downloads are sometimes illegal.This is particularly the case when free music downloads for tracks that are currently on the charts are offered. Chart music is not available as a free download because artists, record companies and people who distribute the music want to get paid. Please do not download free music that is obviously illegaly offered: this free music downloads might get you in court!
On this website tutorials and news about free music downloads can be found. Also information on mp3 music on iPad, iPhone, Laptops and other portable devices is being shared. If you have tips or trics on how to download free music, please drop us a line. We may contact you to write a guide on your favorite way of downloading music from the internet!
Music Streaming has grown very popular over 2012. The following table shows how popular music streaming and music downloading from online and legal sources has become over the last year. Especially the huge increase on both Spotify and Pandora streaming services is noticeable. Also the number #1 spot for Youtube might surpise you. On the other hand: our tutorial on free music downloading from Youtube is very popular.
YouTube. Approximately 5 billion views per day worldwide. That means about 1.825 trillion music videos watched over the entire year. Accustream iMedia Research estimates that clsoe to 40% of that traffic is music videos. That is approximately 703 billion music videos watched on Youtube over the year.
Pandora. 168 billion music tracks are probably streamed through Pandora. This streaming service is very popular in the USA, other countries are running behind. Especially Spotify has taken much of the market share in Europe, making that a tough market for Pandora.
Spotify.13 billion listeners tuned in to Spotify for music streaming and music downloading to their mobile device, computer, laptop or home entertainment system. This number represents only the users Spotify has in the USA. Worldwide numbers are far higher.
Rhapsody: This music streaming service is close to 1 million users in the USA alone. Worldwide numbers might be higher but Rhapsody isn’t very popular in other parts of the world. This streaming and music downloading service will try to strenghten their grow over 2013.
Grooveshark. The Office of Technology Licensing at the University of Florida estimated the figure of Grooveshark users at 150 million per month in 2010. Actual numbers might be a bit higher but Grooveshark isn’t anywhere near their record breaking year of 2012.
If you are looking for free music downloads on popular music you will have a hard time finding it legally on the internet. Mainstream music is meant to entertain fans but is also released to bring cash in. Websites where you can download chart music will occasionally offer free music downloads but unfortunately most of the time you have to pay for that music download. Read on to get to know more about alternative sources for free music download.
Luckily there are websites that offer huge amounts of free music downloads. These websites distribute right-free music which on its turn is music that artists don’t have to make money on. Sometimes because they are just not popular enough to do so but also they might give away their music for free to promote themselves. On this page we will cover 5 websites that make free and legal music downloads possible.
Purevolume.com was founded in 2003. Since that day the download website has been praised by newspapers and other websites as one of the best social music websites available. The website is a platform for artists to distribute new music. Fans and people who like music can discover new tracks by known and unknown artists and bands. Each artist has a page on the website that contains everything you want to know about him of her.
The website offers free music downloads and streaming music in different genres. It is possible to listen online and you can easily share music through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. If you want to try Purevolume try this link.
Jamendo is a download website based in Luxembourg, Europe. The site is only online since 2005 but gained a lot of attraction in their short life span. The music Jamendo is offering for download and streaming is licensed through Creative Commons and Free Art licenses. The database of free music that Jamendo is offering consists of over 32000 full albums. All of the downloads on Jamendo tagged and rubricated for easy downloading and listening.
Next to that the website made deals with artist to share advertising revenues on a 50/50 base. If you are looking for a comprehensive database of free music downloads in different musical genres please give Jamendo a try on this link.
Soundlift is a music download website which uses the OMS (Open Music Source). This means the music the website is offering is stored on the servers of OMS. All of the music on Soundlift is available for free. The website is mainly targeted on bands and artists that are looking for exposure for their music. All of the music downloads and music streams on Soundlift are easily accesible.
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive website was covered before on Freemusicdownload.nu. That makes sense because the Free Music Archive is one of the websites for free music downloads and free music streams. The site was founded by WFMU, a Jersey City radio station, but is maintained by other radio stations and record labels. The Free Music Archive claims to be a “social music website built around a curated library of free, legal audio”. On the website over 22000 tracks are available as legal and free music download.
Last week the developers behind the Frostwire download software released a new version of their popular p2p software. Downloading with Frostwire is very popular. Our tutorial on free music downloads with Frostwire is one of the most popular ones on our website. Please be careful when downloading music from Frostwire: downloads with Frostwire might be illegal if you don’t own the rights for the music you are downloading.
The spftware that Frostwire released this weekend is numbered 5.3.9. As you might know Frostwire is written in Java. Because of this programming language the Frostwire software for downloading from Bittorrent will work on a couple of operating systems. You can use Frostwire on Apple, Windows, Linux and Android. So if you are looking to download music to your iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android smartphone or regular mp3 player: Frostwire is right for you.
The interface of Frostwire looks very much alike the former Limewire interface. That makes sense: the developers of Limewire decided to make Frostwire because of a court order which said that Limewire should add code that stopped that p2p software from sharing copyrighted music and movies. A part of the Limewire team released Frostwire as a response to this order. Soon after the Frostwire download software was released it become even more popular then its predecessor. This was mainly because of the large number of operating systems Frostwire worked on.
Frostwire initially worked with both Gnutella and Bittorrent P2P networks. When problems arose with the Gnutella network Frostwire development decided to stick with Bittorrent only. Since version 5 from Frostwire the only supported p2p protocol is Bittorrent. From that day Frostwire is p2p software similar to both Bitcomet and qBittorrent. To use the software to download free music make sure to find torrent files for what you want to download first. Google is your friend when you want to download torrent files for free.
When you want to try and install Frostwire on your computer please make sure to uncheck the Ask toolbar the software want to install on your computer or mac. You don’t need that toolbar for free music downloads with Frostwire. Next to that the toolbar might slow down your computer. If you want to try Frostwire please use this download link.
When talking about free online music downloads people are most of the time referring on ways how to download mp3 files from online sources. MP3 is an abbreviation for MPEG-2 Audio Layer III, which on its turn is a file format for encoding music. MP3 is by far the most popular file format for free music downloads because of the small file size compared to regular music files and the broad number of devices which support mp3 playback.
In most countries MP3 downloads are legal, as long as you are not sharing your mp3 music downloads with other people. Next to that it is considered fair to pay for music you want to own and only download music that you already legally own. When you want to download free music from the internet a couple of methods can be used.
On of the ways to download music for free is by using Google as an mp3 search engine. The biggest search engine in the world has some expert features that let you easily find mp3 files in so-called open directories on the internet. If you want to know how download free music with Google please read our tutorial on free music downloads with Google here.
Another way to download free music in the mp3 file format is the use of the Hulkshare download-website. Hulkshare is a popular website where both artists and record companies share mp3 tracks to promote their music. Google in combination with Hulkshare is a very good method in searching and downloading free music from the internet. On the downside it has to be said that the mp3 quality on Hulkshare is quite low. This means that the music you download from Hulkshare might not sound very good. If you want to learn more about free music downloads with Hulkshare please read this tutorial.
Of course there are lots of other ways to download free music from the internet. You can download tracks from Youtube for free, you can use iTunes to listen to music for free and of course there are the social media where you can download lots of free music. To download music from social media follow both artists, record companies, bloggers and fans for the artists you like on Twitter and Facebook. They share free music available for download to promote their new music, new album or their biggest idol. Use the Twitter search and Facebook search to find your favorite artist on these two sites and check their updates regularly for free music downloads!
Boxopus is a new internet startup that is currently offering file, movie and music downloads directly from Bittorrent to a linked Dropbox account. Dropbox is an online service that offers free and paid online storage to people around the world. Big advantage of the new Boxopus service is that you won’t need a Bittorrent client on your own desktop of laptop.
According to the company behind the Boxopus service the website is using the Dropbox API to save downloaded files directly to Dropbox. No specific software is needed to offer the service. Unknown is whether or not Dropbox is very pleased with this new service to download music from Bittorrent directly to user accounts on Dropbox.
Boxopus handles the file downloads directly. The only thing end-users have to do is upload a torrent file to the Boxopus website. All files, movies, music or images, are automatically saved in the Dropbox without end-users having to do anything special. No p2p software is needed, Boxopus handles the entire download from torrent file to complete download.
For now the Boxopus service is offered free of charge. As soon as the service is officially introduced the company will charge monthly fees for the use of their service. Next to a paid plan to the Boxopus download service a dropbox account with sufficient space is needed. What do you think? Will Boxopus make music downloads easier? Will you use Boxopus in combination with the Dropbox iPhone, iPad and Android plugins to download and listen music on your portable device? Please let us know!
Part 3 in the ‘Download Free Music Per Genre’ series has found it’s to the internet. In this new tutorial we will cover a couple of download websites that offer free jazz music downloads. Unfortunately we haven’t found a lot of websites that offer free jazz music downloads.
The good news is that we have found one very good website that offers free and legal jazz downloads for a lot of popular artists. The featured website distributes only jazz that has been released a long time ago. And that is probably the main reason for the music offered on the website to be free.
Next to the download website that specializes in free music downloads in the jazz genre also a website that has lots of right-free music in different genres is covered in our new tutorial. We have written about this website in other tutorials as well. The amount of free music downloads in the jazz genre was substantial, so therefor we choosed to also mention that website.
If you are looking for some good jazz tunes and are not willing to pay for them, please give our new tutorial on free music downloads in the jazz genre a read. And if you know other download websites that offer free jazz music downloads, please drop us a line. We are always on the look-out for good sources on free music downloads.
BitTorrent users in the United States will have to change their file-sharing habits as part of an new agreement between copyright organisations and internet providers. People who share copyrighted works will receive a number of warning messages. After those initial warnings a punishment will be given to those that don’t stop sharing music, movies and software on BitTorrent and other p2p networks.
It appears however that this new and much discussed set of rules against file sharing and free music downloads on p2p networks will start later this year. The much-discussed start in July is postponed because the ISP’s and copyright organisations have failed to meet provisional deadline. In the next months the Center for Copyright Information will start to track down people who participate in Free Music Downloads through P2P techniques.
The deal both providers and copyright organisations made include penalties for those who won’t stop sharing free music and movies. Penalties may include slowing down connections, temporary disconnections and other repressive measures. Those penalties will only be applied to those that don’t listen to warnings send out by providers. After a couple of those warnings providers might sentence downloading copyrighted material.
The plan was first announced under the name ‘Copyright Alerts’. Providers should have started with sending out warnings by the end of 2011. This deadline wasn’t met and it seemed that 1 July was the new deadline for the plan. Now it seems this second deadline isn’t met either. Good news for people who are participating in Free Music Downloads with Torrent files but eventually this new plan will become effective and therefore you might want to stop sharing music throught filesharing techniques.
If you are looking for free legal music downloads you came to the right website! Last week we published a tutorial that featured free music downloads through Epitonic. Today you can read how you can download free music from the Free Music Archive website.
Free Music is of course widely available on various sources ocross the internet. Unfortunately most of this music is considered illegal because the rightful owners of, mostly popular, music want to get paid for their efforts. Luckily there are certain artists and record labels that distribute their music for free through websites like Epitonic and todays featured Free Music Archive. As you can imagine most of this music is not in the charts but is released through those sites so that the performing artist might become so popular that their music is played on radio-stations.
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is one of those websites that offer free legal music downloads that are made by artists that are not popular enough to be played on the stations. The website isn’t as intuitive as the Epitonic download website. This is mainly because the poorly designed, from a music listening point of view, homepage. The only way you can listen to free music on the homepage of the Free Music Archive is by clicking the small ‘play’ buttons on the right side of the website. Both New Highlights and Most Interesting Highlights are being shown there. The tracks over there can be played instantly.
When hovering your mouse in the top section of the website, right next to ‘browse’ and over the ‘Curator’ or ‘Genre’ tabs, you will find easy entrances to free music downloads for both Genre, Subgenres and Curators. The Curators page is very nice because of all the extra information on the music you are downloading or listening. On the contrary: it is quite hard to find a link to actually download the music.
The ‘Browse by Genre’ tab offers very much different types of music. Right what you would expect we would say . Nice feature is the Browse by Subgenre option when choosing to download or listen to all of the music in one kind of genre. The Free Music Archive download website offers a wide range of Free Music Downloads. The Curators download section is a nice feature mainly because it offers extra information and album covers to the music you are downloading. The browse by Genre section of the Free Music Archive is interesting because of the large amount of free music it offers.
The wait is over: The day before yesterday Spotify finally released their dedicated iPad application. This new application will bring streaming music to your iPad with all the benefits that Spotify offers to their paid Spotify Premium clients.
If you want to try the new application Spotify has made you can download it through the iTunes application on your iPad. The free software carries version number 0.5.0 and is, as you might have read already, specifically developed for iPad. The very sleak design and the modified interface reveal that this iPad application for streaming music is different from other Spotify versions.
The new interface Spotify developed for their iPad version of the software can be seen in the video below. The big difference with both Android and iPhone versions of Spotify can be seen instantly. The control buttons are on the right while on the left of the screen album overs can be seen. Another big change in the music streaming software Spotify developed for your iPad is the enhanced search function of the program.
Last week Spotify released a dedicated application for Android 4.0 devices. That update was necessary because Google design guidelines made changes to the Spotify software for Android imminent. This new version of Spotify for iPad is not related to any new regulations by Apple. Please give Spotify for iPad a try but make sure you are subscribed to Spotify Premium before installing the app.