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Any free music download sites that are legal?

I'm going to NYC in the beginning of April and have over $70 worth of music on my iTunes wishlist. I always use iTunes to purchase my music, but I can't see spending that much on some music for the plan ride. I refuse to use frostwire or any of those other illegal file-sharing sites. Any ideas where I can get free music? Or should I just suck it up and spend the $70 on iTunes?
Halloween

Re: Any free music download sites that are legal?

  • image danimarie88:
    Or should I just suck it up and spend the $70 on iTunes?

    This.  Or Amazon, it might be cheaper. 

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  • We also use Amazon for most downloads.  It will put the tracks right into iTunes for you, which is handy.

    I don't know how a free download site could ever be legal.  emusic.com usually has a promotion where you get a dollar amount or a certain number of downloads for free when you sign up.  That could probably knock a chunk off your list.  I tried it a few years ago and the selection wasn't very good, but I would imagine that it's increased since then. 

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  • Amazon.com has a ton of free music, although mostly independent stuff. They also have great deals on albums, from $1.99 to $5 each.
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  • You can also use Napster or Rhapsody (?) or another service that has a subscription plan. Then for $15 a month you can download unlimited music.
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  • image backinpgh:
    You can also use Napster or Rhapsody (?) or another service that has a subscription plan. Then for $15 a month you can download unlimited music.

    We use Rhapsody and love it.  Unlimited downloads, and since we have a computer hooked up to our stereo, we have an almost unlimited music library to choose from at home.  Feel like listening to that brand new song that just came out?  There it is.  Some friends come over and mention an artist they like that we've never heard of?  We have that too!  Plus, we don't have to worry about finding space to store our music, because we can just stream or download it whenever we need it.

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  • If there was a way to legally get free music why would anyone pay for it?
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  • image LingerLonger1:
    If there was a way to legally get free music why would anyone pay for it?

     

    This.

    You might save a few bucks on Amazon, but otherwise,suck it up.  

  • image LingerLonger1:
    If there was a way to legally get free music why would anyone pay for it?
    Yes, how stupid of me to ask such a dumb question!
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  • Considering the number of free books you can legally download, and the fact that there are free ways to watch television online (assuming you're in the US), and the radio having provided free music for years, I don't really think it's such a dumb question.

    In fact, Spotify is an international equivalent to Rhapsody (it's not available in the US), and they have a completely free version.  You can't download using the free version, but as long as you're online they offer free on-demand access to their entire library.  You queue up whatever songs you want in your playlist, and they'll just throw in a commercial every so often between songs.  (Most people we know found it so convenient that they now pay for the premium version with no ads and download capability.)

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    Considering the number of free books you can legally download, and the fact that there are free ways to watch television online (assuming you're in the US), and the radio having provided free music for years, I don't really think it's such a dumb question.

    In fact, Spotify is an international equivalent to Rhapsody (it's not available in the US), and they have a completely free version.  You can't download using the free version, but as long as you're online they offer free on-demand access to their entire library.  You queue up whatever songs you want in your playlist, and they'll just throw in a commercial every so often between songs.  (Most people we know found it so convenient that they now pay for the premium version with no ads and download capability.)

     

    Yes, but a lot of those places aren't legal, many have viruses, and the ones that are legal are streaming, not downloads--so kind of the exact same deal as music online.  

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    Yes, but a lot of those places aren't legal, many have viruses, and the ones that are legal are streaming, not downloads--so kind of the exact same deal as music online.  

    Yup.  Just because it's done does not mean it's legal.

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  • And Pandora would be the US equivalent to Spotify, which is totally free and legal, but again, you can't download, which really doesn't help the OP as she's looking for downloads so she can listen to her stuff on the plane.
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  • image J&K10910:
    And Pandora would be the US equivalent to Spotify, which is totally free and legal, but again, you can't download, which really doesn't help the OP as she's looking for downloads so she can listen to her stuff on the plane.

    Ooh!  Obviously I don't use Pandora very often, since it's only available in the US, but I didn't think there was a way to select the tracks you wanted to listen to.  I was under the impression that it just played its own selection based on the music you chose.  Could you share how to queue a specific playlist in the iOS apps?

    PS - I know that the legal TV/music sites are mostly streaming only, but I don't think that makes the OP's question stupid.

    There are a number of smaller recording companies, independent artists, and other sites that do offer legal free music downloads.  They probably aren't the specific songs the OP is looking for, but that's not to say that free downloads don't exist or that the idea of asking where to find them is foolish.

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  • http://www.video2mp3.net/

     

    That's a website that you copy and paste youtube links into. It'll automatically put them into your iTunes library.

     

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    http://www.video2mp3.net/

     

    That's a website that you copy and paste youtube links into. It'll automatically put them into your iTunes library.

     

    Not legal though. Besides, the quality of the music in Youtube videos is usually awful.

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