The Art of Music-Hunting!

{ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 }
Recently, many of my blog readers and friends have asked me how in the world I find so much free and completely legal music to stash away on my iPod. Yes, I was once an illegal downloading fiend. Once I started going to more shows and talking to independent musicians though, my conscience started to kick in- big time. So, how do you go about finding these radtastic free tunes? The answer in the most simplest of terms is that I've scrounged around the internet for hours on end over the last couple of years and stumbled upon a few outstanding music hosting sites. The key to finding free legal downloads is taking the time to search; seek and you shall find! However, since I love all of you oh so very much, I'll post the music sites that I visit daily to discover great new music and to keep my iTunes library well-stocked.

1.) http://www.purevolume.com/
I began frequenting Purevolume during my sophomore year of high school. The site has evolved so much since that time; it's wonderful! Once you've accessed the site, click the "Top Downloads" tab on the homepage. Although not all songs located there will be free, the majority of them will be. Of course the free songs will be the most downloaded; who'd turn that down?


2.) http://www.thesixtyone.com/
I've said it once and I'll say it again; I love thesixtyone.com! Being my personal favorite of all music sites, it's extremely innovative and quite fun! Although you have to sign up for an account to access the downloads, it's quick, painless, and sends you on your way to musical heaven immediately. Like Purevolume, not all downloads are free but a vast majority of them certainly are.

3.) http://www.insound.com/
Insound.com offers one to two free downloads as a sample of each album they have for sale on their site. A great incentive to buy the full album, no? I've actually found free music from great bands on Insound, like Fruit Bats, Portugal The Man, and The Raveonettes. Win! With literally thousands of songs to choose from, Insound offers the most diverse selection of music. They even have a handy little search bar on the homepage to make your MP3 searching adventure a little less daunting and, dare I say it, intimidating.



So, there you have it! The complete list of my beloved music-hunting sites that I visit religiously. Although I use these sites the most often, I won't neglect to include a few other sites that regularly offer a great selection of free music if you're willing to search for it: http://www.pastemagazine.com/, http://www.fuse.tv/, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/.
Happy hunting!

-Lindsay

4 comments:

Claire said...

Very helpful :) I've been in dire need of some new music lately.

jayne said...

thanks for the tips! btw love the blog, thanks for reading mine, would you like to trade links?

indigotangerine said...

thanks for the tip off, i am in desperate need for some new music.
-indigo

LML said...

im all about free music! thanks for these sites

amazon has a ton of free songs and samplers as well!

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