What are the best websites to download free and legal music?

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18 solutions
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    #1ccMixter

    ccMixter

    CCMixter is a music-sharing website. It has more than one thousand hours of free music for films, commercials, and video games. Users can share their own music and use other's music, with only credit as payment.

    Websites

    Free

    Joshua Black
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I am indie video game designer and have a limited budget for music for my games. A friend of mine recommended ccMixter. Now I have access to thousands of high quality tracks that I can use for free in my games. All I have to do is credit the artist. I would recommed ccMixter to someone who wants an affordable way to add professional music to their projects."
  2. 40

    #2Incompetech

    Incompetech

    Incompetech is a website where users with an account can browse and download royalty-free music that can be used commercially. The site also offers extended lifetime access where users can avail more features like high-quality music.

    Websites

    Free- $22.25

    Alexander Spencer
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "I love to download music, but I hate paying .99 cents a song (looking at you, iTunes)...and I hate feeling like a crook when I download songs for free from illegal sites. Incompetech gives me the ability to download free and legal music. It's free, and legal, and music...what more could you ask for? "
  3. 37

    #3Free Music Archive

    Free Music Archive

    The Free Music Archive is a website that provides a big library of legal and high-quality music downloads to users around the world. It is directed and managed by the WFMU, one of the most popular freeform radio stations in America. 

    Websites

    Free

    Tammy Torres
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This is not a website I would recommend for downloading any type of popular music. It really covers non-mainstream downloads and doesn't have any of the newest songs I'm looking for that I hear on the radio."
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    #4Musopen

    Musopen
    Musopen is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials.
    Websites

    Free

    Cynthia Contreras
    Written on July 16, 2017
    "Remember the days when you built your digital music collection through Napster illegally? When now you can do the same...but LEGALLY! I really like the different categories you can search music by on Musopen, from genre to instrument, and even form (duet, sonata, etc.)! This would be great for music teachers and students to get broad exposure to different styles. "
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    #5Partners in Rhyme

    Partners in Rhyme
    Partners In Rhyme has been delivering royalty free music online since 1996. The license you receive from us for your one-time fee is truly royalty free.
    Websites

    Free

    Wayne Contreras
    Written on April 20, 2017
    "I've always been worried about downloading free music in the internet because you never know if it's legal or not. However, with this site-Partners in Rhyme- you can breathe safely knowing that all the content you download is not only free but legal as well. The majority(if not all) the songs in their catalog are royalty free and have no copyright attached to them, so always know that whatever you decide to download is totally fine by the artists that produced their music. Personally, I used a lot of their music for my new website and youtube videos. It has been an amazing experience!"
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    #6NoiseTrade

    NoiseTrade

    NoiseTrade is a website that offers users various songs and albums by artists that can be accessed freely and legally. It was founded in 2008 and has since become one of the best websites for accessing free music.

    Websites

    Free

    Adam Howard
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "I had become bored with the music that I was finding online. I also didn't feel comfortable downloading music illegally. I was looking for a place to download free music from independent artists. After discovering NoiseTrade I've found many new artists that I enjoy. The music is free but you can also send a donation to the artists if you really enjoy their music."
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    #7Last.fm

    Last.fm

    Last.fm is a music website, formerly a radio streaming service, based in the United Kingdom. It tracks all the music its users listen to from their music services from Spotify, Deezer, Google Play and more. 

    Websites

    Free

    Maria Welch
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Decent radio program. Gives a lot of variety in it's "spiking tracks and spiking artists" section so you can keep getting fresh music. Site is a little cluttered and has an annoying counter on the main screen that never stops though."
  5. 24

    #8Open Music Archive

    Open Music Archive

    Open Music Archive is a collaborative project to digitize and distribute out-of-copyright sound recordings since 2005. The music found on this site is free from copyright and specifically catered to the copyright laws of the UK.

    Websites

    Free

    Harold Carpenter
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I really appreciate this site I found in its relating to downloading music. Usually I have gotten music form Itunes, but there have been songs my independent artist that I want but are not available. I have found so many artist that I would not have know about before with Opne Music. Ive become a few fan of so many artist and the fake that there music is open for download, is just a winning point. "
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    #9Archive.org - Free Music Archive

    Archive.org - Free Music Archive
    Free Music Archive collection on archive.org. This collection serves as an archive for the Free Music Archive's curated 'library of high-quality, legal audio downloads'.
    Websites

    Free

    Jason Hunt
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "The content at archive.org is well known for its depth and breadth. They are doing great work and one of their hidden gems is the collection of music. I suggest to anyone who is looking that they start here first."
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    #10Jamendo

    Jamendo

    Jamendo is an online platform for free and legal music downloads under Creative Commons licenses. It is available in eight languages and offers a catalog of more than 500,000 tracks from 40,000 artists.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Nathan Robinson
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "Though the quality is pretty low, Jamendo itself is a wonderful place to get legal music for free. So long as you credit the creators, they're perfectly fine with you using it for just about anything at all. Some stuff sounds perfect for movies, others for books, so you have to sort through it, but it's still a good place to start."
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    #11SoundCloud

    SoundCloud

    Soundcloud is a platform where artists can post their latest music, and people can follow musicians and receive alerts when they upload new tracks. When you like a song you can check out similar tracks using the Related Tracks function.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Sharon Qin
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "I needed to find a good website to download free and legal music. I'm a huge music fan, but don't have a lot of money to work with. I found Soundcloud and, although some of the music is very good, it doesn't have any of my favorite artists. The music is unique and you either like it or hate it most of the time. It's nice that it's free, but since they don't have any of the music I like or popular artists, I don't recommend it at all."
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    #12Audio Jungle

    Audio Jungle
    Audio Jungle is a resources page with more than 400.000 tracks and sounds. All of them royalty free
    Websites

    Price varies according of what you want

    Austin Freeman
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "The music itself isn't free to download, but it's still a good source of royalty-free music for any projects. There's also free sound engineering tutorials which again, not free *music*, but super useful for audio projects."
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    #13MP3jam

    MP3jam

    MP3jam is a free web tool to find and play high-quality MP3 downloads. It has legal rights to share more than 20 million audio tracks from almost all artists and their albums.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Eric Morgan
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This software is a pretty decent application for finding new music through Youtube playlists. I've used it for about a month or so now and have found quite a few different artists out there that I may not have found otherwise. I do use Spotify and Pandora so I guess I could have found them through that. The interface from this was pretty easy, though. Definitely made searching much easier. "
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    #14Napster

    Napster

    Napster is a music-streaming website. It gives an ad-free access to millions of songs and is available on different platforms. Users can create and share original content like videos and playlists and play available radio stations.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Dylan Hayes
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "This is one of the oldest running platforms for music. The thing is, it's not free. It has a free trial and then you pay for it. There's countless other free platforms for free and legal music. This is not one of them. Overall, it's worth it if you want some niche music picks but it's somewhat pricy for what it offers when alternatives do it better."
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    #15SoundHost

    SoundHost

    Share your music for free, SoundHost is one of the best cloud services on the web. Connect with artists, explore new content.

    Software

    Android

    Free

    Kathryn Gomez
    Written on September 7, 2017
    "I wanted to be able to get some music from groups I like that are not main stream. This has been the answer to that problem. Music is uploaded and you can download for free or even buy or sell your own music. It does not have everything since that would be illegal but it has a nice variety that I enjoy."
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    #16Soundcloud Downloader

    Soundcloud Downloader

    SoundCloud Downloader is a free Chrome extension and website that enables users to download any SoundCloud music tracks online. The tool can also be accessed through their website.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Jessica Taylor
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "I love to listen to music, so I am always looking for websites to legally download new songs for free. I recently discovered Soundcloud Downloader. It is pretty good, but still not quite what I am looking for. I will use it until something better comes along."
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    #17TinyTunes

    TinyTunes

    TinyTunes is a software by Exigocs that allows users to search, stream, and download songs in MP3 format. Users can customize what search engines the tool will use, and also build and manage playlists using the software.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Paul Brosnan
    Written on July 9, 2018
    "TinyTunes is an app that lets you stream hundreds of thousands of songs hosted on seven different servers, right from your Android device. The only thing you need is an Internet connection."
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    #18PlanetLagu

    PlanetLagu

    PlanetLagu is a website to download MP3 files of various music and songs. This online tool supports Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS devices. PlanetLagu can download music directly from YouTube and other online streaming.

    Online Tools

    Free

    James Harison
    Written on September 12, 2018
    "PlanetLagu is a totally free mp3 downloader, which features songs in almost every genre you may come up with, such as oldies, rap, latest chartbusters, electro and so on. It really makes it easy for you to download multiple Mp3 songs on your computers and mobile phones."

Summary

Best What are the best websites to download free and legal music
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ccMixterWebsites 46 Free
2IncompetechWebsites 40 Free
3Free Music ArchiveWebsites 37 Free
4MusopenWebsites 36 Free
5Partners in RhymeWebsites 32 Free
6NoiseTradeWebsites 30 Free
7Last.fmWebsites 27 Free
8Open Music ArchiveWebsites 24 Free
9Archive.org - Free Music ArchiveWebsites 23 Free
10JamendoWebsites 21 Free
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