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How To Get Free Music on iTunes

Updated on April 30, 2012

Let's face it. Everyone wants free stuff. Downloading your favorite music legally can be super expensive, but it doesn't have to be! Here are some tips that I use to get great music for free or at a very small cost and yes it's all legal!


If you're a frequent visitor of Starbucks you're probably aware of the free "iTunes Pick of the Week" cards that are on display. The cards are usually located on the bar where you fix your drink, however they can also be located at the hand off plane or even the register. These cards are replaced every week (normally Tuesday) and give you a code to download the song directly to your iTunes account. Starbucks does not require that you purchase a drink to receive the download code and Starbucks also offers free book and app downloads from iTunes as well! Some of you are probably thinking that the song options are random and are artists no one has heard of! Well just for example- this week Starbucks is offering Rufus Wainwright "Sometimes You Need" and the book "After Friday Night Lights" by Buzz Bissinger. Keep in mind these coupons do expire, normally a couple of months after they have been issued.

Survey Sites

There are literally hundreds of thousands of survey websites. These websites offer pay outs (normally around $10.00) and will pay in various ways. Most use Paypal, gift cards, or even checks. If you're looking to add specific albums or songs to your iTunes you can take simple surveys through various companies or even use websites such as Swagbucks and use your points to get iTunes e-gift cards! Even if your favorite survey company only offers Amazon gift cards you can use that to purchase an iTunes card. Always remember you do not need to pay a fee to take surveys!


Yard Sales

Yard sales are seriously great places to find good music at incredibly small prices. Take a Saturday morning and hit up a few yard sales in your area. You'll be amazed at the amount of CD's people are willing to sell at very small prices. If yard sales aren't your thing, always check into local flea markets that host multiple vendors. That way you won't waste money driving from home to home. The great thing about yard sales is it offers you an opportunity to resale. If you've bought a CD, added it to your iTunes and don't hesitate to resell it at your next yard sale.

Borrow Music

It isn't illegal to borrow a friends record collection and copy it into your iTunes. I have saved literally hundreds of dollars by borrowing albums from friends and vice versa. If you're a college student, chances are your friends have tons of CD's in their cars. You could have your iPod filled up in a week! If you work in an office the same applies. I am very proud of my iTunes collection and can honestly say I haven't spent much on the music I've added!

Social Media Sites

Lastly, Social Media platforms offer artists a way to share their music. Plenty of artists on my facebook offer great deals on their albums or offer free downloads of songs. If you see their posts don't hesitate to check it out! There are so many ways we can all have great music collections without the worry of crashing computers or breaking laws!


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      Holly Pedneau 5 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      Very cool! I also noticed Netflix has been releasing quite a few iconic music specials as well!

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      Irob 5 years ago from St. Charles

      Good hub, I also get a lot of my new music straight from TV/most cable/satellite have music channels like Sirius and I record a lot of new videos from VH1/Fuse/MTV/VH1C and download them as well as video and audio. All kinds of free sources.