I do not want to pay a fine for downloading music! I always try to legally download free music. I know that a lot of people don’t care, but I also know that if someone is going to be caught, it would be my luck that it was me. So with that being said, I have found some pretty amazing sites, that are legal, where I can get the latest and hottest music for free!
I personally, like to download music straight to my phone instead of using streaming services. This way I don’t have to worry about using up data or having to be connected to wifi. I can listen to it in the car or while I’m out walking and not have to worry about any of that.
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My favorite place to download free music is Google Play. They have a whole section of free tracks that are from up and coming artists. They also offer full albums for free from some of the hottest artists. They used to offer a new album every week but I think they are offering one every couple of weeks or every month. They are only for a limited time so make sure you check weekly.
I have gotten the latest albums from artists like Sia, Shakira, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, and so much more. To find the free songs, just look on the homepage and there is a section that says Free + Discount Music. If you keep scrolling, there is another section of free music. You can also search “free songs” in the search bar.
My other favorite place for free and legal music is Amazon. They have over 46,000 songs you can download for free! To find the songs just go to Digital and Prime Music -> Deals -> Free (under songs or albums). You can then sort by genre, release date, etc.
Amazon also has a free streaming service if you are a Prime member. You can get pretty much any album you can think of included in your Prime membership to stream. I actually saw that Amazon has raised their free shipping threshold to $45 from $35 so if you haven’t gotten a Prime membership, now is the time. It has awesome benefits like free music! You can get a free 30 day trial to see if it is right for you.
For actual streaming, I personally have two favorites: Spotify and Pandora. They are really the only ones I need.
Spotify has two plans: free and paid. With the free plan you can listen to your favorite songs and albums but you can’t choose which song you want from the album, you have to listen to shuffle play and skip around. There are also ads you have to listen to as well.
The paid version is $9.99 a month and you get ad free, unlimited skips, play any track, listen offline, and high quality audio. If you purchase an album a month, it will probably be worth it to you.
Pandora is the one I use the most. It also has ads and you only can skip so many songs before it won’t let you skip anymore. You can pay $4.99 per month to listen to it ad free. I really don’t mind the ads, they are a lot shorter than the ones on the radio.
Hoopla is another great option for free music. It is such a cool app. This is not available for everyone though, you can go here to see if your local library is apart of this program. They not only offer music but also ebooks, audiobooks, movies, comics, TV Shows, and more. They don’t just offer classics but also some of the newest releases! Looking at the front page, I see that they offer music from: Carly Rae Jepsen, Deadpool Soundtrack, Charlie Puth, David Bowie, Charles Kelley, and so many more.
You have 7 days to stream or download what you borrow before it gets removed from your account. Hoopla is simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.
These are just a few of the ways you can get free and legal music to fill up your music library. It’s also a great way to find new artists and genres you may never have tried before. I’m sure there are other sites that offer free music but these are my favorite because I trust them and they are reliable.