The sites and apps listed below are far from the only places to get free MP3s, but they’ve got so much free music that you will love to have on your gadget, get it now don’t wait for tomorrow.
- Amazon—The online retailer doesn’t make it easy to find, but you’ll see tens of thousands of songs waiting for you. There’s a mix of big names and no names, but you’re bound to find something you like. Just click it and download it on your device.
- Apps—Websites aren’t the only place to score free music. There are a ton of great apps that deliver free music to your iPhone. Some have a big library, others offer a handful of curated picks each day. For tips on which you should download.
- Apple Music—Apple’s music service is built right into the Music app that comes pre-installed on every iPhone and into iTunes. It’s not always free—eventually you have to subscribe for at least US$9.99/month—but the initial 90-day free trial lets you stream an unlimited number of songs and download them for offline listening. Watch out: if you don’t subscribe, you’ll lose the downloads.How to sign up for Apple Music
- Free Music Archive—This huge collection of free music is offered by WFMU, one of the premier free-form radio stations in the U.S. All the music is contributed by WFMU or other curators invited to the project and has been cleared for use by the musicians. Even better, some of the music is licensed to allow you to use it for other projects. Visit the Free Music Archive
- Google Play Music Unlimited—Google’s alternative to Apple Music, Google Play Music Unlimited, offers 2 months of free streaming music from the huge Google Play catalog before you have to start paying. Just like with Apple Music, if you forget to cancel (or want to stay subscribed), you’ll be charged $9.99/month. Sign up For Google Play Music
- Jamendo—If you love to discover the next cool independent artist, Jamendo will be your next favorite website. This collection of nearly half a million songs contains exclusively indie artists looking to connect to fans for free (and to advertisers, filmmakers, and others for a fee). Visit Jamendo
- Last.fm—Last.fm is primarily aimed at learning what kind of music you like and helping you find more of it. If you prefer to just check out the free stuff without recommendations, though, Last.fm will oblige with a couple hundred free downloads. Visit Last.fm’s Free Downloads page
- Live Music Archive—While it has a similar name, the Live Music Archive isn’t related to the Free Music Archive. It’s not the place to go for the latest indie gems or smash hits; it is a treasure trove for fans of live concert recordings. Even better, it’s just one part of the larger Archive.org collection of audio, including podcasts, old radio shows, and much more. Visit the Live Music Archive
- NoiseTrade—Designed to help indie and up-and-coming bands and musicians find new fans, NoiseTrade offers thousands of free EPs. Making things even cooler, many of these EPs have exclusive songs you won’t find anywhere else. The site also offers free book downloads if you want something to read while you rock. Visit NoiseTrade