Sunday, December 20, 2009

Free and Legal Music Links.

Top 10 Websites For Free & Legal MP3 Music Downloads

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In today’s world, music is omnipresent. It has swept into all aspects of our lives, be it TV, movies, shopping malls, public toilets, ringtones or waiting loops. Yet we still crave more.

Music stimulates the brain. It’s this deep rooted cultural pleasure that drives us to consume more and more of it.

If you’re sick of the commercial pabulum and ready to discover new and fresh artists, dive into this list to explore ten of the best sites for legal and free mp3 downloads. Get your mp3 player connected, here comes cargo!

10. Free Kids Music

As the name reveals, this page hosts free music for children.

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Artists can be listed alphabetically. A separate category is traditional music, which contains songs such as My Bonnie, Amazing Grace, Kumbaya, Frère Jacques, or The Alphabet Song.

9. Dramacore

Dramacore is a netlabel that publishes music under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

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Dramacore netlabel was made for people looking to download free music. And to support a diverse array of artists wanting to avoid the stupidity of corporations, mainstream propaganda, and trendy sellout dating websites. Long live the do it yourself spirit.

The people behind Dramacore furthermore emphasize that their netlabel is a serious project. The website is hosted professionally and funded until 2012.


The idea of is to provide artists with the opportunity to promote their work, and music fans the chance to discover new talents.

free mp3 downloads has been around for quite some time and is the most comprehensive archive for free music downloads. Being so popular, it also attracts some of the bigger performers.

You will find streaming music from the Pet Shop Boys, Eminem, 50 Cent, Linkin Park, and The Beatles. Free MP3 downloads are available from thousands of artists. Unfortunately, the free music tracks are very hard to browse or find, unless you know what you’re looking for.

7. not only provides free music streams and recommendations, but also features some great tracks for free download.

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Currently, there are over 200 free mp3 downloads, including songs from Jaydiohead, Peter Björn and John, The Thermals, White Lies, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Guns N’ Roses, Moby, and Nine Inch Nails. You can sort the free downloads by genre.

Check out my previous review on TheLastRipper if you want to record Last.FM tracks to your computer.

6. Amazon

A little known fact is that even Amazon offers tons of free mp3s.

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You can choose from over 1,000 tracks, which can be sorted by several criteria. The top five genres are Rock (338 songs), Alternative Rock (275 songs), Classical (195 songs), International (158 songs), and Pop (134 songs). Artists include Calexico, Ingrid Michaelson, The Lemonheads, Alice Cooper, and Paul McCartney.

But you need to be a US resident and have a US Amazon account to be able to download the tracks.   So this one is only suitable for our American readers.

5. 7digital

7digital is a global digital media platform.

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It’s their business to sell mp3s, but they also provide a great collection of free downloads, which are updated weekly. The sample tracks are categorized into rock, hip-hop, reggae / roots, various, and audiobooks.

4. Spinner Mp3 of the Day

Spinner is an AOL project, which runs an MP3 of the day section.

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Some better known artists featured recently were of Montreal, The Swell Season, The Futureheads, Simian Mobile Disco, and The XX.

Clicking on MP3 OF THE DAY under EXCLUSIVES on the left-hand side opens Spinner’s web-based radio station.

3. NME The Daily Download

The UK’s New Music Express (NME) supplies music addicts with their Daily Download fix.

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Generally, songs can be downloaded days, weeks and even months after they were published on The Daily Download. Recent artists include Paper Route (recently saw them supporting Paramore), Yeasayer, The Antlers, Exlovers covering Chris Isaak, Joensuu 1685 covering Bruce Springsteen, Röyksopp, Maximo Park, The Prodigy, and Metallica.

2. Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.

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The music on this page was picked by established audio curators and pre-cleared for online use. It’s suitable for podcasts, videos or any other format of digital use and publishing.

You can browse the material by curator, genre, recently added highlights, and most interesting highlights.

1. Epitonic

Epitonic is a curated site, which offers free mp3 downloads along with a web-based audio stream, artist profiles, and reviews.

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The site can help you explore new genres with short audio guided tours. Go to genres/radio to have a look at the walk-throughs.

Epitonic’s releases include artists like Grand National, Groove Armada, Zero 7, Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian, and Peaches.

When logged in you can create an individual playlist of songs hosted on the site.

Where do you explore and discover music, and how do you retrieve your music fix?

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(By) Tina has been writing for MakeUseOf since late 2007. In her other lifes she is a researcher, scientific writer, senior customer service representative or blogger. Tina is also an experienced host with CouchSurfing.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Excerpted from my daily RSS feeds thi...

Excerpted from my daily RSS feeds this tip from the folks at make use of dot com 

The Three Best MP3 Players For Portable USB Drives

Posted: 15 Dec 2009 11:31 AM PST

musicostickLast week we talked about the advantages of carrying your music with you on the go – not on an MP3 player, but on an ordinary USB stick.

Accompanied with a portable audio application, you would be able to play your music anywhere, anytime; be it at home, at work, or even at your grandmother’s place.

We already showed you how to do a custom portable Winamp install, making it fit for any portable storage device, but this time we’d like to focus on native MP3 players that are portable. That is, audio application that can be put on your USB stick without messing around. Some of these are adapted to run on portable media, others simply work.

CoolPlayer+ Portable

This one is, if we may, a ‘real’ portable application. Based on the original CoolPlayer, PortableApps has modified the application and repackaged it as a portable app. With 1.5 MB and over 2 million downloads to date, CoolPlayer+ Portable has proven itself both a lightweight and a fit candidate.

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Apart from audio playback, CoolPlayer+ Portable supports MP3 to WAV conversion, internet audio streaming, and even regular Winamp plug-ins. With CoolPlayer+ Portable, you’ve got slick looking music playback, but also a whole team’s worth of extra horsepower if, and when you need it.


Who said we don’t listen to our readers? This application was recommended in the comments section of the portable Winamp article.

1by1 is an audio directory player. This means that instead of keeping a music library, 1by1 just browses your music folders. On the left side of the screen, you’re able to browse through the different folders on your USB stick. For the sake of usability, it’s best to drop all your MP3’s in one folder,or otherwise arrange by artist.

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No overly fancy cacophony and useless tools, 1by1 is still an incredibly light application and will occupy near to no memory resources. Nevertheless, it’s as versatile as one might hope for. Add the retro, high contrast look, and we’re all set to go.

Songbird Portable

Songbird is an audio player by Mozilla, the guys that have been entertaining us with Firefox. Although deemed buggy in some its earlier releases, Songbird has evolved to an incredible media player. Like its browser counterpart, Songbird also has great extendability. With numerous add-ons available online, you can adapt Songbird to your every need. You won’t meet a more personalized audio player soon.

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Like the first application mentioned, Songbird Portable is also modified and repackaged by PortableApps. Unlike CoolPlayer+ Portable however, Songbird takes up a noteworthy amount of space; up to 65MB on your USB stick. With smaller thumb drives, this is something you might want to avoid.

In the end, you’ll have to decide what you’re looking for. If you want an extensive media management suite with lots of bells and whistles, you might deem it worth the extra space.

These are only three applications and perhaps we missed your favorite one. Do you ever use portable audio apps? Tell us which ones in the comments section below!

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