Saturday, November 19, 2005

Find Free Music on the Web

I know I have listed ways of finding free music goodies before, but I figured I would consolodate them into one post and add some new ones I have discovered.

I know I have showed you various ways of doing a google search to find the mp3's you like, but here it is again in case you forgot:
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Van Halen"
Replace “Van Halen” with the artist, genre or keyword of your liking.

Singing Fish
If you don’t want to mess around with nutty Google operators, check out Singing Fish, an exclusively audio and video search engine. See most popular searches and easily filter by file type and duration. Check out the site here

Webjay is a playlist community. Webjay users create lists of songs that exist all over the Web in different formats. Browse around Webjay playlists and play them in a variety of music players - from Winamp to iTunes to RealPlayer. Check out the site here. social bookmarks
Bookmark aggregator filters its bookmarks by filetype - which means will give you a page of audio files, will give you a page of MP3’s, and will give you a page of MP3’s tagged mashup. You can play music directly on the page or subscribe to audio in iTunes and get new songs automatically using iTunes’ Podcasting feature.

Amazon’s Top Free Music downloads
updates every six hours with DRM-free and legal tracks Amazon users like the most. This previously-mentioned Greasemonkey script will make DL’ing the Amazon tunes easier for Firefox users.

MP3 blogs
Tons of music bloggers post MP3’s for download almost daily. Here is a list of some of them:

Tofu Hut

Once you find the MP3 blogs that you like, download songs from them automatically. Command-line lover Jeff Veen has a great method using the wget utility to fetch audio files listed on web sites you specify in a text file. Check out his instructions on how to wget new music every day. Also, The Hype Machine is an MP3 blog aggregator that gathers all the audio links on MP3 blogs into one place.


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