Sites Where You Can Download Full Albums For Free

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Sites Where You Can Download Full Albums For Free

Illegal downloads are the music industry’s equivalent of an elephant in the room. But while digital music has been readily available and freely searchable online for 15 years now, making piracy easy, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ethical considerations whenever you download an artist’s music “for free” that you should be paying for.

While we’ve come a long way in the battle against music piracy online thanks to stores like iTunes and Beatport, downloading tracks from dubious MP3 sites and torrent networks continue to be a hushed practice that has become part of today’s music culture not so much out of necessity as it was back in the late 90s and early 2000s when legitimate music portals were scarce, but arguably as a bad habit that’s hard to break.

And while the majority of DJ music can now be bought and downloaded from Beatport and the like, clearly making such stores the go-to places online to make tune purchases, there still are a few places that you can legally download music for free. Often these are also sites you can scour for unsigned/underground acts that haven’t made it to Beatport’s catalogue just yet (you need to be signed to a label to do that).

Further, combing through these sites is a great way to come up with a diverse DJ music library that isn’t reliant on a mainstream music outlet’s Top 10 chart, helping you set your song selections apart from what other DJs can readily access. So while nowadays there’s really no excuse for stealing music, searching out legal free sources is well worthwhile. Here are a few ideas:

7 places for free DJ music

1. SoundCloud

Currently getting a lot of attention due to its new advertising policy and much-ballyhooed “selling out” to major labels, SoundCloud still playing an important role in the modern music industry because it’s able to be both a social outlet for unknowns to get their music heard and a platform for big name DJs and producers to promote their music.

While SoundCloud has taken a tough stance against DJ mixes, pulling them down whenever copyright material is detected, original music and remixes by producers are rife, and most can be had for free or for a “Like” on Facebook.

Pros: Burgeoning community of music producers and listeners, lots of free originals, remixes and bootlegs to be had, explosive growth

Cons: Ads on select artists, strict policies regarding copyright material, popular artists use SoundCloud to promote their material by using it as a “preview” gateway that links to iTunes or Amazon where you have to buy their music

Go to site:Soundcloud

2. Bandcamp

The indie-friendly storefront continues to thrive in a music streaming landscape because it gives producers and labels the ability to setup shop for free, allowing them to give away music, charge a set fee, or ask for donations. While you’ll have more options for individual songs on SoundCloud, Bandcamp offers complete album and EP downloads.

Pros: Lots of new, independent producers and record labels here, beautiful and simple store design makes it easy to preview and download tracks or full albums

Cons: Not a lot of big name/signed producers here

Go to site: Bandcamp

3. Facebook

A lot of upcoming and active producers looking to increase their social media presence put their remixes and bootlegs on their Facebook Page, which you can download for free as long as you “Like” their page. Though the system, known as “Like-gating”, is set to be banned by Facebook come 5 November 2014, I’m willing to bet that artists will still put their productions up for download on their pages.

Pros: Good if you’re a fan of a particular producer/production team (eg Wideboys, Chainsmokers, etc), convenient way to download music from and get updates within one social network

Cons: Having to “Like” a page means you’ll see that page’s updates on your social feed, so if you’re liking a lot of pages just to get one or two songs, you’re going to get a deluge of status posts you may not want to see

Go to site: Facebook

4. Noisetrade

Similar to Bandcamp, you can download songs and entire releases from artists and producers here, the difference being you get the songs in exchange for your e-mail address (Noisetrade is mainly for artists to grow their mailing list), and you can also tip the artist if you’re feeling generous.

You’ll be hard pressed to find popular DJs and producers putting their music here, but there’s a lot of good music from virtually unknown artists if you just put in the time to thumb through their catalogue.

Pros: Music in exchange for your e-mail allows you to support the artist in a non-monetary way, lots of different genres to choose from

Cons: Multiple newsletters from different artists can be annoying, no popular tunes and producers here

Go to site: Noisetrade

5. Jamendo

Though not necessarily aimed at DJs and music lovers, Jamendo is a site that offers tons of music as free downloads. The site doubles as a portal for music supervisors who are looking to licence music for film, TV, and establishments, so it’s a good place to uncover hidden electronic gems and other cuts to drop during your set.

Pros: Easy search option lets you go through its large collection, music downloads are free without the need for signing up

Cons: As it is a music licensing/library site, you won’t find any of your favourite producers and DJs here, as most are composers and bedroom producers putting their music up for licensing

Go to site: Jamendo

6. Soundclick

One of the first legal music download sites online, Soundclick continues to be a repository for independent artists and bands, but there are some good electronic and hip-hop tunes to be had in this service today if you can get around the outdated MySpace-era interface.

Pros: Totally free music downloads once you sign up. One of the oldest music sites around with a large library of different types of music

Cons: Looks like it really is one of the oldest music sites around. No longer “top of mind” for many producers when it comes to posting their original music

Go to site: Soundclick

7. Record label sites

Once in a while, record labels giveaway tunes and samplers as a promotion or if they’re trying to build buzz for a new artist. Labels also announce contests and prizes to members of their newsletter, so it’s a good idea to sign up to your favourite labels if you’d like to join such promos.

Pros: Straight from the source of your favourite producers and DJs, a chance to get exclusive music and samplers through contests and promos

Cons: Giving away music isn’t the number one priority of a business-minded record label, so expect free downloads to be few and far between for such companies

Conclusion

I was surprised when researching this article to find that there are now only a handful of quality, legal sources left for free tunes. As the music industry shifts towards a combination of subscription services and limited edition physical copies of albums, we can only expect the number of lawful “free download sites” to continue to wane, as streaming seems to be the next platform du jour of music publishers and record labels, and previously free download sites are quick to add storefronts and monetisation options for their artists. It’s also a symptom of the longstanding battle with digital piracy as illegal download sites continue to thrive despite efforts to clamp down on them.

As DJs, our sets are only as good as the music we select. While we’re slowly getting in on the streaming bandwagon thanks to apps like djay and Pacemaker, giving us access to millions of songs to DJ with without having to “own” them still seems far off at the moment. As Beatport continues to be the electronic music mega mall that it is, the writing on the wall seems to point to a future where the concept of a “free legal music download” will be relegated to the annals of internet history, especially with the ease of monetising your own music on iTunes and Spotify through a third party service like Tunecore.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next when music streaming becomes the norm, but for now, it’s still worth seeking out those free gems where you can find them; after all, where there’s effort there’s often reward…

Where do you download your music? Are there any free, legal sites that you can recommend to our readers? Or are you very much content with the convenience of paid sites like iTunes and Beatport? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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There are plenty of websites out there that offer free music downloads, and we've weeded through them so you can find only the best and brightest in this list of the best 15 places to get free music downloads legally.

At these websites, you'll be able to download free music in high-quality MP3 format so they'll play on your computer, phone, or tablet. Since you can download and save them, they'll forever be yours.

All the free music downloads here are legal. They're either public domain or, in most cases, the artists have given permission for you to download and enjoy their hard work. That means you can feel great about listening to the music and discovering some hidden gems you might have otherwise passed up.

Want to stream instead of download? We keep a list of the best places to listen to free music online. You can even stream free music right from your phone. If you like to watch music videos along with the music, there are also free music video streaming websites. Also be sure to check out these free online radio stations that play all types of music, and this list of places to download royalty-free sounds.

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Jamendo

What We Like

  • Lots of ways to browse for music downloads

  • Lets you stream music, too

  • Includes an online radio function

  • There are mobile apps you can use

What We Don't Like

  • Downloads are in MP3 only; no option for other formats

  • Requires you to make a user account (it's free) to download the music

  • Free downloads are in MP3 quality only, not HD

All the free music downloads at Jamendo are made available through Creative Commons licensing meaning that the artists themselves have decided they want to give out their music for free for the masses to enjoy.

You can discover new music at Jamendo by viewing the most popular music and the songs that trending. There's also a Latest music filter to see recently added songs. You can also search for artists that you know to see if their music is available for download.

Another way to find great music here is by listening to one of the Jamendo radio channels. When you find a song or artist you like, you can then download that single track or the entire album.

Yet another way to browse this free music is via playlists, like 'Best of January,' 'Electro Funk Frenzy,' 'Valentine's Day,' and 'Girls On the Rise.'

If you'd rather stream the music at Jamendo instead of download it, they give you that option, too.

Jamendo has free apps available for Android, iOS, and Windows if you'd rather not use your web browser.

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NoiseTrade

What We Like

  • You get the whole album at once in one click

  • Lets you preview the tracks before downloading them

  • Provides a way to tip the artists

  • Also includes eBooks and audiobooks

What We Don't Like

  • Must download the whole album; can't pick specific tracks

  • You have to enter your email address to download the music

You can download thousands of free music albums from NoiseTrade, and they're all completely legal to take. The artists want you to check out their creations and if you like it and are inclined to do so, you can tip them or help promote them to your friends.

You can stream part of the songs right now, but to download an album and access the full-length music, you need to enter your email address and zip code. You'll receive the album as a ZIP file which contains the MP3 files.

You can easily find new albums you want to download by viewing the top downloads and new and notable sections on the homepage. There's also a list of genres to pick from.

NoiseTrade also offers free eBook and audiobook downloads for authors who would like to share and earn your tip.

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Amazon

What We Like

  • You can sort the list of music downloads

  • Provides several ways to filter and refine the list of downloads

  • The songs can be previewed

What We Don't Like

  • The download process can be confusing

  • You have to log in to your Amazon account to download the music

  • Only the music through the link below is free; other music on Amazon is not

There are thousands and thousands of free music downloads at Amazon.com, making it one of my favorite websites to visit when I'm looking for new music to download legally.

You can see the all the free music downloads by choosing a genre or sorting by popularity, release date, length of the song, reviews, or in alphabetical order by title, artist, or album.

You can play the songs before downloading them, but when you're ready to save the songs to your computer, select the FREE button to add it to your cart. Then, you can check out as if you were purchasing something by pressing Confirm Purchase. You'll be taken to a link to download the free music, and it'll also be saved in the Digital Orders tab of your order history.

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Bandcamp

What We Like

  • Lets you download songs and full albums

  • Includes lots of tracks you won't find on other free music download sites

  • You can choose to pay if you want to

  • No user account is needed

What We Don't Like

  • Not every song you see is free to download

  • You have to explicitly say that you're choosing to not pay for the music

  • There isn't a 'free only' page

Bandcamp makes it easy for artists to share their music in a 'name your price' type of setting. This means that while you can pay for the music, another option is to put a zero in the payment box and download the song for free.

The Discover page is a great way to find the best selling music at Bandcamp, plus new arrivals and songs recommended by artists.

Not all songs can be downloaded for free but for the ones that don't have a minimum price, put a zero in the 'Name Your Price' box. To do this, choose Buy Digital Track, enter 0 in the box, select download to your computer, and follow the on-screen prompts to get the download.

Sometimes, there also isn't a minimum price on entire albums, so you can use the Buy Digital Album option to get all of its songs for free.

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Internet Archive's Audio Archive

What We Like

  • Lots of free audio downloads to pick from

  • Several sorting and filtering options

  • Most music can be downloaded in several audio formats

  • Supports previewing music

  • You don't need a user account to download the free music

What We Don't Like

  • Has a lot more lower quality music than other music download sites

  • Navigating the website can be confusing

Internet Archive's Audio Archive has millions of results for free downloads of music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and most notably their Live Music Archive.

You can sort the free music downloads by most viewed items, title, date published, or creator, as well as filter the results by media type (concerts, audio, etc.), topics & subjects (e.g. rock or funk), language, and more.

You'll find all kinds of artists with free music downloads here including Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Grateful Dead, 311, and Smashing Pumpkins.

There are usually multiple file formats that you can download the free music in, like MP3 and OGG. These are listed in the DOWNLOAD OPTIONS area of every download page.

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SoundClick

What We Like

  • Includes music from signed and unsigned artists

  • Lots of genres to pick from

  • No sign in necessary

  • Includes lots of music download deals and discounts

What We Don't Like

  • Not every song is free

  • There isn't a single page where you can find all the free music; it's mixed in with music that costs

  • Some songs can only be streamed

SoundClick is the ultimate portal into finding free music downloads directly from the artists websites. These artists have decided they'd like to let people download their music for free. This includes signed and unsigned musicians.

With SoundClick, you can browse through the music charts and genres until you find a free music download you'd like to have and then either listen to or download that song.

You can also create custom radio stations, get to know other listeners on the forums, and read more about your favorite SoundClick artists.

While you can, of course, download free music from SoundClick, some artists make their music available only after you've paid for the download, and others allow music streaming only.

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Last.fm

What We Like

  • Every download is available in one click

  • A user account is not required

  • There are lots of ways to browse for music

What We Don't Like

  • It's hard to search for free music only

  • You can't preview songs before downloading them

  • MP3 is the only download option

Last.fm has several pages of free music downloads that fall into all genres. You can browse these free downloads by category, new releases, coming soon, or by simply looking through the whole list.

Just one selection will download your chosen song.

Besides free music downloads, you can also stream thousands of songs and get recommendations of bands you'll love.

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SoundCloud

What We Like

  • Tons of content

  • Includes music downloads from well-known and new, up-and-coming artists

  • Every track can be streamed before downloading

  • Easier to find free downloads vs some other music download sites

What We Don't Like

  • You have to log in to download music

  • Finding free downloads can be difficult

SoundCloud is a website that lets you stream and download free music. Content at SoundCloud is sometimes uploaded by professional artists, while others are shared by independent musicians.

Not all music on SoundCloud can be downloaded, and some require you to Like a Facebook page to get the file. However, music that can be downloaded instantly and without an account, either have a Download file button in the More menu or a FREE DOWNLOAD button under the song.

Some ways to find just free music on SoundCloud is to browse through the Creative Commons section or search for music tagged as free, but others might be free, too, that aren't in these areas.

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Audiomack

What We Like

  • All songs are streamable

  • Easy to find popular song downloads

  • Many ways to sort, filter, and browse for free music

  • No need to make a user account

  • Mobile apps for streaming music

What We Don't Like

  • Not every song can be downloaded

  • No way to find just the free music downloads

You'll like Audiomack if you like SoundCloud and are interested in finding new music. All the music on this website is 100 percent legal and free to stream, and depending on the artist, you'll find music downloads, too.

The Audiomack website is very easy to use. You can search for songs, albums, and artists or browse the Trending or Top Songs sections. There's also a Recently Added page to find all the newest music at Audiomack.

Some of the music genres on this website include reggae, pop, R&B, hip-hop, instrumental, and afrobeats.

You can download music at Audiomack without needing a user account. Most if not all of the songs are in the MP3 format.

If you prefer to stream music from your phone or tablet, Audiomack works that way, too, on both Android and iOS devices.

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Spinrilla

What We Like

  • Stream and download.

  • No user account necessary for albums.

  • Download in bulk or individually.

  • No website ads.

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What We Don't Like

  • User account is required for single-track downloads.

  • Some tracks can only be streamed.

Spinrilla has free hip-hop mixtape downloads. You can browse for these music downloads by the mixtape name, single, or chart, such as the most popular mixtapes today, this month, or all time.

The website navigation is clean and easy to understand, and you only need a user account if you want to download individual songs. Whole albums can be downloaded in seconds without an account.

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This website also lets you see which mixtapes will be released in the future. The Upcoming Mixtapes page shows when each mixtape will be available.

These music downloads are accessible from the website but you can also listen on your Android or iOS device via the Spinrilla mobile app.

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Musopen

What We Like

  • Completely free music downloads you can use for anything

  • Includes sheet music downloads

  • Lots of unique ways to find free music

  • Supports previewing the music

  • Includes an online radio option

What We Don't Like

  • Music downloads require you to log in to a user account

  • Per-day download limits

  • No free HD audio

Musopen has sheet music and recordings that are completely free, legal, and copyright-free. You can listen online or download the music for whatever purpose. There's even an online radio you can listen to from a computer or through their Classical Radio mobile app.

There are lots of ways to find free music downloads at Musopen: browse by composer, performer, instrument, form, or time period. Of course, you can also do a manual search to see if they have something specific.

Another way to find music downloads here is to use the Music Discovery Tool. With this tool, you can filter all the music on the website by instrument, rating, and license type (to find only public domain music, creative commons music, etc.).

You can preview music without logging in but to actually download anything you find on Musopen, you have to create a user account. A free account gives you access to five music downloads every day and standard, lossy audio quality.

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ReverbNation

What We Like

  • Helps you find up-and-coming artists

  • All the music can be streamed

  • Lets you browse for downloads by genre

What We Don't Like

  • Not every song is free to download

  • You need a user account to download some music

ReverbNation is a good pick if you're looking for music downloads from artists you don't yet know about. Several now-popular bands like Imagine Dragons and The Civil Wars started out on ReverbNation.

Not every song you see on this website can be downloaded, but it is all streamable through your web browser. Downloadable songs are indicated by a small download button next to the song.

The Discover page is a good start if you're not sure where to begin looking for new music downloads at ReverbNation. To search by genre, use the Charts page.

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DatPiff

What We Like

  • Includes mixes from popular artists

  • Lets you download entire albums at once

  • Mobile apps are available

  • No user account is necessary

What We Don't Like

  • Limited mainly to rap music

  • Music can be downloaded as MP3 only

If you're into mixtapes and rap, you'll love DatPiff because that's most of the free music downloads you'll find at this website. You can stream as well as download the music.

What you'll find at DatPiff are not only mixtapes made by fans but also releases from artists looking for recognition by giving out their music for free.

One easy way to find free music downloads at DatPiff is to look through the most listened, most downloaded, highest rated, and hot this week sections. Those can be further broken down into all time, this month, this week, and today to see what's been popular over time.

Some of the most popular mixtape downloads at DatPiff are from artists like Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Meek Mill, and Jadakiss.

DatPiff is available on not only computers but also your mobile device. You can get the DatPiff app for free for iOS, Android, and Windows.

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Free Music Archive

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What We Like

  • No user account is needed to download music

  • Several ways to sort the music

  • You can listen before downloading

  • Categorizes song downloads into several genres

You can also download free music at Free Music Archive, which is directed by the freeform radio station WFMU. The music here is free for you to legally download (even without a user account) and is a mix of public domain and Creative Commons licenses.

The easiest way to find music you'd like to download at Free Music Archive is to browse through the genres of music or watch their blog for collections, artists, or songs they'll highlight. They also have top charts for all time, this week, and this month.

If you create a free account at Free Music Archive you'll be able to make your own collections and interact with other listeners.

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YouTube

What We Like

  • There's a lot of music available

  • All the songs can be streamed

  • Apps let you stream from your mobile device

What We Don't Like

  • It's really hard to find free music downloads

  • It's too easy to download copyrighted music accidentally

Yes, YouTube is a huge source for music and most of it is illegal to download due to copyright restrictions.

However, if you filter your search results for Creative Commons videos only, it's completely safe to download music from YouTube. Look for videos that have download links to the audio, but if you're sure it's legal and don't see a download link, you can still get it with a YouTube to MP3 downloader.

You might also filter Duration for Short (<4 minutes) (here) to find what are most likely music videos instead of interviews, YouTube movies, etc.

Despite YouTube being the largest video streaming service on the internet, we've placed it at the very bottom of this list because it's not easy to find free music among all the other content.