Free Music Downloads

Free music downloads? Is there really such a thing?

I remember back in the 90s, this really existed. There was such a thing as completely free music. You could go online and get as much music as you wanted, any time, for absolutely nothing.

Nowadays, I think there’s something new…

Computer adware and and viruses! And, well, basically…just a bunch of low quality files.

It’s sad but true.

Back in the “roaring Napster” era, there were millions of people waiting online, at any given hour of the day, waiting to exchange files with you. Now, you’ll be lucky if there are several thousand.

So what happened?

Basically, the major music labels decided they were sick and tired of losing billions of dollars to people who chose to rip off their artist’s music. Musical piracy is just not cool, and people started to catch on to this new idea.

Lawsuits started, aimed at getting high profile news attention to hopefully discourage young people to stop using peer to peer services. And the efforts paid off.

Today, itunes and other legal places to download free music thrive and make a profit at selling high quality, relatively inexpensive downloads.

What about the rest? Have all the free music download sites really disappeared?

Check around the internet, and you will soon see the answer before you.

Finding Royalty Free Music For A Movie Soundtrack

I admit when I looked into using royalty free music for my movie I was a little confused. I thought royalty free music was totally free. The more I studied up on it the more I began to understand that it is and it isn’t in a way.

One way to ensure the music for your movie soundtrack is royalty free is to create it in-house. There are more and more independent filmmakers that score their own movies using programs like Apple’s GarageBand that allows users to create their own original music. This removes any chance of your movie being hit with copyright infringement over music because this is your own original music you’ve created.

If you’re a person that doesn’t feel you have a single musical bone in your body to work with a program to create your own music there are filmmaker friendly websites that allow you to download free original music to use in your movie. is one of these cool sites.

As of the writing of this post all that requires is that a filmmaker credits the songwriter and the music used. That is not asking too much in return for being able to use royalty free music. I did not end up using the free downloads, but I respect filmmaker Peter John Ross for providing music downloads gratis to other filmmakers.

Next I checked out some companies on the Internet selling royalty free music in all types of genres from rock & roll to world beat for very affordable prices. One company I purchased music from that I recommend is StudioCutz Music Library ( They have high quality music in a wide variety of styles.

I have purchased royalty free music in the past that was used in the reality video series America’s Wildest Bachelor Parties. They are easy to work with. This comes directly from their website:

“Each music library license will vary to a certain degree, however, as a general rule royalty free music simply means that you have purchased a “lifetime synchronization license” for a given song or group of songs. In other words, you have the right to synchronize the music with your audio and/or video productions an unlimited number of times without incurring any additional expense.”

You can type “royalty free music” into a search engine to find companies that provide music. Many of these companies offer the choice of purchasing one song or an entire CD. I listened to tracks, but none of them felt right for the Consignment soundtrack.

It’s funny that there I was being so damn choosy over music when I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on tracks. I had dreams of a soundtrack to rival a Quentin Tarantino movie, but did not have his production budget. At the end Slice of Americana Films was able to secure a hot original soundtrack that the budget could afford.

It took a few favors to make it happen, but that’s the way it has to come together when you’re making indie movies without a safety net. You have to rely on good people around you that believe in your project. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing CUE MUSIC:

Find Free Legal Music Download Sites – Avoid the Spam and Download Free Music Legally

Download Free Music Legally – Really?

Yes, these places do still exist – but they are scarce.

If you’ve been disappointed with countless ‘free legal music download sites’ that don’t live up to what they’re promising, or sick of being redirected to advertisers or getting spammed, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you finally find some real free music you can download legally.

As an independent or new artist, you’ll understand that these sites also offer the best ways to showcase your work.

It’s a shame there aren’t many real places that provide quality free and safe music to download left.

You can tease your audience with excellent samples, which will make the listener more than happy to download (and pay for) the full track. Maybe even an entire CD.

In fact, many people actually do purchase a CD after hearing those songs they downloaded for free when they discovered a band, and there is no reason why you cant also list tracks at a price despite the site being part of the few truly free legal music download sites around.

You do need to be selective about the sites you choose to trust with your music. It goes without saying that any one of these places claiming to be free legal music download sites must be well designed and appealing to the eye, and offer a good deal to the artist providing the tracks.

How To Use Free Legal Music Download Sites

If you are an artist looking to sell your work, you’ll first need to set up your website.

Never mind your average web designer – you will want to work with professionals who know your industry, who care about you, and who can connect with fans that enjoy and support your work. You provide a couple of quality downloads for free, while the site provides an irresistible package for the savvy listener.

For people looking for free and safe music downloads, these are places that are passionate about getting people’s music heard so they care a lot less about the price, giving away songs, and don’t have advertisements plastered all over them – these are in truth, the only few remaining sites that really do provide free music, and don’t just direct you to sponsored ads.

An Example of Free Legal Music Download Sites

I know from my own efforts that the search for them is a long and time consuming one – it’s worth it at the end, and I hope the above tips help. Look for original artists, and people passionate about their material.