Music can be expensive, especially with iTunes and other online sites that allow you to spend with just a simple click. The transition of music to online platforms has made it easier than ever to spend, but it’s also a great way to find free, legal music. I’m not talking about illegal torrent sites or other services; there are plenty of blogs and sites with legal, free downloads.
By taking advantage of these sites, you can save a ton of money and expose yourself to music you wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Below you’ll find some of my favorite resources as a starting point:
While this site doesn’t offer unlimited free downloads, it does expose you to many unsigned artists and remixes of popular songs. Since the tracks are rated based on popularity, it’s a great resource to figure out what’s worth checking out based on what the masses think. A simple google search of the artist usually provides a free download link on the artist’s site.
This was one of the first music blogs I found, and I still check it several times a day. Every genre is represented, and almost every post provides a free download link. The site has everything from remixes of Florence and the Machine to J. Cole freestyles.
Sunset is another one of my favorite blogs that follows a similar format to Pigeons and Planes, but with a different selection of music. The home-made, downloadable mixes that the blog releases about once a month and in-depth album reviews make this blog essential to my daily browsing. Sunset provides an eclectic mix of music with an easy-to-use interface.
GMAD is the final member of my daily-read club. The blog specializes in “college music”- tracks that are great for partying, studying, and hanging out. You’ll find more dubstep and dance music than the above blogs, but the blog still manages to cover all genres. I’ve rarely seen a track that doesn’t have a free download, making it great for putting together party playlists.
There’s thousands of other music blogs out there, so have some fun exploring them. The key is to remember not to use torrents and look under the About section of each blog to make sure they’re commuted to posting only legal downloads. Enjoy your new music!