Free music is one of the joys of the internet. Countless numbers of teens and adults plug in their headphones and earbuds every day to hear free audio files online.
Why pay for music when it’s so readily available at no cost? Here are some great resources for free music online.
Where to Listen to Free Music Online
AudioMack is a music platform that lets users upload songs that they’ve created. The rest of us can download those songs free and clear. If you know an artist by name, just search for it and you can hear music in seconds.
CCTrax is a music site that lets you listen to free audio via Creative Commons license. That means the creators make their content — songs, sounds, instrumentals — free for use.
The site features a range of musical genres including electronica, techno and house.
Jamendo Music is another site aimed at connecting independent artists to fans. The site is designed for two types of users: those looking to discover independent artists and those interested in royalty-free music for a project.
The good thing about Jamendo is that you don’t have to create an account to download music — just click on the Start button.
One of the more prominent sites for free music is Last.fm, which provides free downloads and videos to songs uploaded by independent artists around the world.
To get started, just click on the Music tab in the menu and choose which genre you want to play.
NoiseTrade may not be a well-known site, but it’s full of free music as well as comedy and ebooks. Paste Media Group bought the site in 2019 and continues to offer free content.
You can listen to snippets on NoiseTrade’s homepage, you’ll have to create an account to stream and download full tracks. It’s free, but you agree to let the company and its artists market to you.
There are a number of free online radio stations available as apps and on your PC or phone. Some of the best free live radio platforms include:
Pandora is one of the most popular “freemium” music services available on the web and via app. In addition to its free version, Pandora offers two paid services that feature ad-free music and the ability to personalize your listening experience.
To access Pandora’s free music, you have to sign up via email.
ReverbNation is a platform for musicians to share their music online. Once you sign up for either a fan or artist account, you can share and save free music with your account.
Soundcloud has millions of tracks available for free. The site also allows you to save some of its music for offline listening.
If you find music that you want to store on your device, click on the download button. If you don’t see the button, it means downloading for that tune isn’t available.
Spotify has a free version that lets you listen to music at no cost. While you can stream songs, you can’t download them unless you spring for the paid version.
To listen to Spotify for free, you have to sign up via email.
Another free platform is Soundclick.com. Like many other sites, this one also caters to emerging artists.
The site lets you download some songs for free and others for a fee. Downloadable songs have a download icon next to them.
Featuring millions of tracks, YouTube is one of the best resources for free music online. You can subscribe to playlists or search for “free music” to listen to countless audio libraries.