Legal Music Resources
Finding the best option for legal music downloads depends on several factors, such as the type of music you seek and your budget. As mentioned, there are sites offering free downloads and those that charge for tunes as well. While you will likely find a wider selection through a paid service, many of the free resources are worth checking out. Following are some places where you can download songs legally. Head to the References section at the end of this article for links to these sources.
Amazon.com: While you can find some free downloads at this popular shopping site, most tunes cost around $1. Genres range from rock and rap to country and gospel to folk and opera. Narrowing by genre, price, song and artist is simple, as well. Search free in the MP3 category to find free downloads currently available.
AOL Music: Click on New Music to listen to complete albums free online or to download the free MP3 of the day.
ArtistServer: You might not find your favorite Top 40 tunes here, but you could definitely find a new favorite or two. More than 8,000 artists offer thousands of free downloads, with virtually every imaginable genre represented.
Artist Direct: Purchase legal downloads including newly released albums ranging from around $12 to $25. You can download singles as well, and there is a complete category of free downloads, with offerings in all genres.
eMusic: Offering both popular and less familiar, independent music choices, you can browse tunes by genre, release date and more. Most downloads cost 89 cents.