On top of that archive.org tons of FREE music that you can listen to and download. The songs here are primarily LIVE performances by a large variety of bands and artists - so search for your favorites and listen to a live rendition of your favorite songs!
Right now this site is only available to listeners in the USA. Other similar sites may be available in other countries.
Try checking out a similar music site at slacker.com
If you're a bit computer-savvy and familiar with how peer-to-peer file sharing works, bittorrent is an great tool for you. Basically you download small "starter" files in torrent format and then run these to download the actual files you want.
Bittorrent is a great distributions system for downloading ANY kind of file, from software to videos and of course for music fans there are lots and lots of tunes! You can get songs, entire albums, even entire artist catalogs - from the most popular to the rarest vinyl releases. All you need is bittorrent software and some bandwidth.
- Download a Bittorrent Client (for example www.utorrent.com)
- Install Bittorrent client
- Visit a website with torrent files. Search for "Bittorrent Music" to find the latest torrent websites
that contain music. Or check the list at torrentresource.com
- Search for your artist/song/album.
- Download and Run the torrent file. The torrent client (e.g. utorrent) will open. Click OK and take note of the download folder location. This is where your files will be saved on completion.
- Open your music files in a player appropriate for your music. VLC is a good free media player.
The advanced Google search string basically comprises of your artist or song name plus the file-sharing website name. Anything inside quotation marks tells Google to look for that exact string. Example:
For example: "amazing grace" site:megaupload.com
This would lead you to a variety of versions of the song Amazing Grace
Some file sharing sites to try:
Google is also good for so many other even more complex searches. If you are looking for something specific and not having any luck then you might want to experiment with more detailed search strings, for example: