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October 17, 2011

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Every day I offer 10 free and legal mp3 downloads and bonus live recordings in this blog's Daily Downloads feature. In almost 10 years of music blogging, I have gathered quite a collection of bookmarks to repositories of free and legal music downloads.

These sites range from the huge (the Free Music Archive and Live Music Archive each hosts tens of thousands of mp3s) to the tiny (They Might Be Giants offers a single track a week), but all are free and legal sources, and great places to discover new music and beef up your music library.

Do you have a favorite site for free and legal music downloads? What sites have I missed? Feel free to leave a comment.

The list of 100 online sources for free and legal music downloads:

3hive - music blog

Alina Simone - singer-songwriter
Amazon MP3 - online store with albums and singles
Aquarium Drunkard - live sessions

Bandcamp - online music store
Barsuk Records - record label
The Bay Bridged - live sessions
Beat the Indie Drum - record label
Better Looking Records - record label
Better Propaganda - music site
Big Ugly Yellow Couch - live sessions
Boompa Records - record label
Bradley's Almanac - live concerts

Cloud Chapel Records - record label

Dead Oceans - record label
Deep Elm Records - record label
Donewaiting - live sessions
Drag City - record label

EardrumsPop - record label
Epitonic - live sessions
Epitonic - music site

Fat Wreck Chords - record label
Fingertips - music blog
Free Albums Galore - music blog
Free Music Archive - music site
Free Music Is Awesome!!! - music site
Fuel/Friends - live sessions

Green Label Sound - music site
Guided By Voices - band

Halfway House Music - live sessions
Hallelujah the Hills - band
HearYa - live sessions
Hometapes - record label
Hush Records - record label

Indiecater Records - record label
Insound - music store with free mp3s
Insubordination Records - record label

Jamendo - online music store
Jealous Butcher Records - record label
John Vanderslice - singer-songwriter
Josh Ritter - singer-songwriter

The Key - live sessions

La Societe Expeditionnaire - record label
Labrador Records - record label
Lapdance Academy - music collective
Largehearted Boy - music blog - social music community
LaundroMatinee - live sessions
Live Music Archive - live concerts
Lujo Records - record label

MadeLoud - music website
Magnet Magazine - music magazine
Mashable - technology blog
Matablog - record label blog
Metallica - live recordings
McGuinn's Folk Den - Roger McGuinn's folk covers
Misra Records - record label
Mile Marker sessions - live studio sessions - Mountain Goats fansite - music website

Nels Cline - guitarist
New Weird Australia - record label
No Idea Records - record label
NoiseTrade - music site
nyctaper - live concerts

The Occasional Archivist - live concerts
Old 97's - band

Pitchfork - music site
PureVolume - music website

Radiohead Not for Profit - live Radiohead downloads
RCRD LBL - music blog
Recording LA - live concert downloads
Records on Ribs - record label
Robert Pollard - singer-songwriter
Rock Proper - record label

Secretly Canadian - record label
Serious Business Records - record label
Sigur Ros - band
Silber Records - record label
Sinewave - record label
Song, by Toad - in-studio sessions
Song, by Toad Records - record label
Sound as Language - music blog
Soundclick - music website
Southern Shelter - live concert downloads
SPIN - music magazine
Spinner - music blog
Stereogum - music blog
Strange Attractors - record label
Sweet Adeline - Elliott Smith official website
The Switchboard Sessions - live sessions

Team Love - record label
They Might Be Giants - band
Thrill Jockey - record label
Tim Fite - singer-songwriter
Triple J - Australian indie rock radio station
True North Records - record label

Violitionist - live sessions
Visible Voice - live concert downloads

Wood and Wire - record label

XO Publicity - indie rock publicity firm

also at Largehearted Boy:

other lists at Largehearted Boy

Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from the week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists