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FREE MUSIC Sites
How do I download Wave
and MP3 sound files from the internet?
Here's the problem. You go to download a sound file, so you click the
link to it. Then Windows automatically plays it, but doesn't display a
download screen (OK, this varies a bit depending on what flavor of Windows
/ Explorer you're using). What can you do? Easy! Right-click it.
When you right-click
the link to the Wave file, you should get an option to "Save target
as..." Select that and you'll get a dialog box that allows you to
put the file wherever you like. (P. S. This also works for stuff like
pictures, movies, etc.)
That's all well and
good, but where do you put all of these little WAV files? Personally,
I set up a folder on my C: drive for 'em
To do this, follow the procedure above, but when you get to the dialog
box, navigate to your C: drive. Next, click the new folder button on the
dialog box (it looks like a folder with a little star in the corner).
Name the new folder Music, and put all your downloads in there.
Win XP already has folders for "My Music", "My Movies"
and "My Pictures" that you can use.
Oh, if you're really
in the dark about all this downloading stuff, check out a downloading
If you go to record company websites you can usually find free musiceither as "streams" (you can hear it but not save it), samples (under one minute), but occasionally as downloads. Granted, you won't find that song they played all last summer, but you can get some new stuff, often before you start hearing it on the radio twenty times a day. Many even offer streaming video in QuickTime, RealAudio, or Windows Media.
Check your CD liner notes to find the record label website of your favorite
Another place to find
free music is at the artist's official web site or fan club. You might
find a live track, an unreleased song, or the latest single. Again, check
the CD liner notes for websites. Try running some of your favorites through
a search engine and you may be surprised what you find.
Underground Music Archive is a place where independent artists
can offer their songs for download. You probably won't find super-stars,
but you will find great music by unsigned artists, independent bands,
and local talent that you might not hear otherwise. Every music style
can be found here too, including Pop/Rock, Classical, Jazz, Country. You
can listen to a "stream" of the song before you download.
Oldies But Goodies
offers over 4000 full length songs in Real Audio format available for
streaming or download. This is a great place to find classic doo-wap,
swing, and oldies.
For fans of Folk,
Bluegrass, Celtic and old-timey music, be sure to stop by
eFolkMusic.org. Some songs can be downloaded for
free by registered users, while others will cost you just under a buck.
Since radio stations still ignore this kind of music (despite the popularity
of the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou"), this is a
valuable website indeed.
Music also features downloads and reviews of folk, Americana,
blues, Alternative Country and more.
has a free music download site too. You'll find a few major stars along
with thousands of independent artists. It's not as easy to navigate as
the previously mentioned sites, but it is worth a visit if you have not
filled up your hard drive with music files yet.
Sure, the days of
file sharing mp3s a'la Napster are over. Illegal music downloads can bring
the recording industry lawyers to your door like wolves to fresh meat,
but that doesn't mean online music is dead. Record companies and artists
are aware of the benefits of online musicthey mainly just want their
cut of the action.
If you're willing
to pay you have a few options:
Music Now http://musicnow.fullaudio.com/
In a few years the
storm will calm down. Of course, by then, every music lover will probably
think nothing of forking out $1 per song or paying a monthly subscription
fee to download music. While the storm rages on, you can sail into some
of the safe harbors mentioned here today.