Free Legal mp3 Downloads
Exploring Creative Commons Audio
When people think about downloading mp3 files, probably the first thing that pops into their heads is legal download sites like iTunes where you pay for each song or downloading mp3 files illegally through filesharing networks and bittorrents. But those are not your only options. It is possible to download tons of music legally and for free if you start to think outside the box of all the musical artists that you already know about because their songs get played on the radio all the time.
Do you want to discover new music? Then you'll want to start exploring creative commons licensed audio and mp3 files. Think free music by artists you've never heard of can't possibly be any good? Fear not! There's plenty of great stuff out there. After all, even the big name music celebs started out somewhere before getting discovered.
Download Legal Music
- Jamendo : Open your ears
Download and listen to full albums, legally. You can download or you can just use their player to stream online until you find something worth downloading.
- The Revolution - A Creative Commons Music Podcast
Podcast for all kinds of hip hop and rap and some pop. Rad!
- Aurgasm | your favorite music you've never heard
Music blog posting interesting tracks to download. They aren't all cc-licensed, but they are all posted with permission so feel free to fill your iPod.
- Free Music for Your iPod | iLounge Article
Many more resources for free legal music listed at iLounge.
What is Creative Commons?
In a nutshell, Creative Commons is an alternative to the standard copyright formulation of "All Rights Reserved." Instead, artists may choose to license their work with "Some Rights Reserved". With several licensing options to select from, Creative Commons represents a compromise between "All Rights Reserved" in which all artistic output is subject to bureacracy, lengthy negotiations and financial arrangements in order for someone else to make use of it, and "Public Domain" which represents a free-for-all environment of no rights whatsoever.
With Creative Commons, many artists release their work in such a fashion that other artists can come along and make deriviative works from the raw material or fans can simply pass it on and share it. It is a pretty big topic however, so the best thing to do is read more about how Creative Commons works.
Music Worth a Listen
- Don't Turn Away by Heath Whitelock
Rock ballad, great voice, nice instrumental work.
- Koekhappers by De Toffen
Urmm, at least I think it is called Koekhappers by De Toffen. It is Dutch, so honestly I have no idea. Anyway, it's a hot track -- kinda alternative funky Euro-rap something or other.
- Outlines - Just a Lil Lovin'
Funky post-ambient Hip Hop (yeah, I make my own categories)with a jazz influence? Definitely catchy.
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