Music played through a creative commons license is legal. It is advisable to listen to free legal music online rather than to download music files for free from unauthorized and illegal websites. In this article, you will find useful resources where you can listen to the music for free and legally.
Due to the vast amount of music that is downloaded illegally these days, it is often thought that all free music downloads must be illegal. There are, however, sites that offer music downloads that are both free and legal.
There is a small section available on Amazon's website called amazonmp3. This section gives subscribed US users the chance to download free music. Note that the songs are always renewed, and not archived.
Emusic offers free independent music to its subscribers. You can get over 200,000 songs to download for free.
Internet Archive offers well known and less renowned music. However, the users subscribing to this site bear the legal responsibility of the content in the country they reside in.
A section of the MP3.com website offers you the chance to download free music online either in a stream or Mp3 format.
Free online radios
An alternative to downloading free music is to get connected to a free online radio station. The music is usually in a stream format but some provide the option to download the mp3s currently playing.
Creative commons is a company that has regrouped well known and lesser known artists (not just musicians) and uses a private right to share their material online.
This article goes into more detail on where to download copyright free music.