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Songs You Can Download from Top MP3 Sites Legally and for Free: Plus iTunes vs. Amazon Video

I compose my own royalty free songs but of course I am also a music fan. So I want to tell you about the top sites I love where you can download and listen to new MP3 songs from popular artists legally and for free.

Songs for Free at the Amazon.com MP3 Store

Right now there are 2,178 free mp3 downloads available at the Amazon.com Mp3 store. Incredibly, many of them are tracks from hit artists including Beyoncé, Suzanne Vega, The Doobie Brothers, Sufjan Stevens, Ziggy Marley and Jeff Beck. I’m not sure why record companies would do this, but at the end of the day it must be to promote their latest album or a CD that needs a boost in sales. Amazon.com MP3 Store

songs - download free mp3Free Song Downloads on Spinner.com

Spinner.com has a free MP3 of the day page. They set this up in a blog style and every day post about a new song you can download. These are mostly hip indie type bands that you have probably not heard of. However, if you are the exploring mind type like myself then you will love the opportunity to grab these files and make mixes. Spinner.com

Free Daily Song Download on MP3.com

Since MP3.com is a major hot spot, top artists like Maroon 5, David Gray, The Smashing Pumpkins, Willie Nelson, Weezer and Radiohead actually release some of their hit songs for free. Plus they post really leading-edge material like an ambient version of a Justin Bieber song which a producer slowed down by 800% – wild! MP3.com

Video: iTunes Versus Amazon MP3 – As mentioned in the video, I also prefer Amazon for the MP3 file format.

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How to License Background Music for Restaurants, Pubs, Stores, Hotels and Other Businesses


I’ve been reading about how music can help increase performance, productivity and efficiency in the workplace and that 71% of employees want to listen to music at work.

I discovered this when I learned some businesses are using my royalty free background music for restaurants, in pubs, hotels and shops so that they do not have to pay performance royalties licensing fees to performance rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI.

But in reality, most customers want to hear the latest hit music. In that case, for instance if you are in the UK, you will need to license music from PRS. Check out the PRS/PPL site for more great information on properly licensing background music. If you are in the US you can start at the ASAP licensing page and or go to the BMI site.

It turns out there is a legal requirement to pay royalties for businesses who play the radio, or music on music background systems, in order to lighten the mood, bring up morale at work or increase consumer retention.

A music licence for businesses is really not complicated, from what I understand there is a yearly flat fee that will be calculated by the performance right organization to use background music for stores.

If you are new to performance right licensing check out this great explanation from Todd Brabec, Vice President at ASCAP. I license my music via creative commons and do not charge these licensing fees, but almost all other commercial music in the world requires it, so its important to understand.

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Music for Websites from Pro Royalty Free Loop Producer DJ Puzzle

Music for WebsitesDJ Puzzle is a professional producer who creates royalty free loops for Sony ACID, Garageband, Ableton Live and Propellerheads Reason. (All great software for creating your own music by the way). His tracks sound incredible.

Fortunately I found his “Free Music for Websites” page at PeaceLoveProductions.com and all he asks in his terms is that you credit him. All files are high quality wavs which is a really generous offering.

Additional, DJ Puzzle provides a great tutorial on How to Add Music to Websites. Check out this music video featuring his work:

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40 Free Royalty Free Instrumentals from Composer turned Filmmaker Peter John Ross

Peter John Ross is a noteworthy Composer turned Filmmaker with lots of interesting credits. He creates his own feature films and does lots of commercial production work.

Well he has a page with 40 free royalty free Instrumental tracks that he makes it very clear you have his permission to use:


Check out this interview with Peter John Ross, really hardworking guy, passionate about film:

Free Sound Effects Wav and MP3 Loop Downloads from JewelBeat

If you are looking for free sound effects downloads check out JewelBeat.

They have a really nice royalty free audio fx library that includes drum and percussion beats as well as a variety of samples including: accordion, bells, clarinet, cello, flute, brass, french horn, glockenspiel, harp, guitar, organ and piano. They have loops that are downloadable as wav files and the sound effects are all MP3s.

JewelBeat offers quite an astounding assortment of free background music as well. They have Hollywood style soundtrack instrumentals that could be used for scenes ranging from horror to sports.

Please note that JewelBeat requires you to actually link back to their site, not just credit them. Right now they do not seem to have a “no credit or link” option. Check them out and one of their excellent background track videos here:


JewelBeat is kind of a mystery since I can’t find any information about the composers, the company that owns it or what the actual details of the license are. Especially since the music is of incredibly high quality, I’m interested to see how the site unfolds.


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FriendlyMusic Licensing: More Royalty Free Music for YouTube

If you are creating videos for fun or as a partner on a video network like YouTube then you can choose from the incredible selection of music at FriendlyMusic.com.

Pros: Wide variety of professional songs in many genres. Great user-friendly interface, easy purchasing, music licensing and downloads. Very inexpensive cost per track.

Cons: Can’t be used if you are a professional who gets paid to create videos, or makes money on the videos in any other way than video network advertising revenue.

If you fall in love with a particular song and you are a commercial video/film producer then you can contact them for some type of royalty free commercial music licensing.

This could be a perfect solution for some people creating home videos. But I wonder how many folks, creating non-commercial videos, even want to pay $1.99?

Also, the site does not even mention use on Websites, slideshows, games, on hold music, etc. Seems like a great idea but I’m interested to see how the site does since its a very limited market.



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Use Free Production Music from Moby.com for Your Film or Video

If you make non-profit films and videos and need super high quality free instrumental music, there is an superb resource at your disposal.

The well-known electronic recording artist Moby has a library of 70 tracks that can be used for non-commercial independent films, videos and shorts. All you need to do register for the site Moby.com. Even commercial projects can use the music if you offer a donation to the humane society.

This is such an unique, innovative alternative resource for production music that I had to mention Moby’s library as a top source of background stock music. There are very few options (if any) in the world for licensing professional music from world-renown artists.

This is an incredible video with Moby himself explaining the site and also giving his opinions on the problem with copyrights. Love it!

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Make Videos Online with Free Legal Stock Video and Music

One of the most forward-looking online applications I have tried is Masher.com. This site allows you to mix, mash and share a variety of professional video and music content, pre-cleared and legally.

For instance they have licensed a fairly large library of BBC video content that you can integrate with your own. The site is a bit buggy and has too much advertising, but I have experimented with creating a music video using Masher and I absolutely love it!

mix mash share create videos onlineThere are literally hundreds of millions of people online, myself included, who need fun, safe and legal ways to make highly professional content quickly in a user-friendly online program. Masher is not the only such program, also check out 20 Free Online Video Editing Tools.

It’s sites like Masher, as well as YouTube’s AudioSwap program and partnership with FriendlyMusic.com that present the possibility of a future where everyday people are not hassled by copyright cops and left with very few low cost options.

For instance here is a pretty cool video for a “green” site that looks to me like it was completely made with BBC stock video and the music library that is built right into Masher: Save Our Planet

Create Your Own Royalty Free Music Online with Soundation.com Studio

My favorite online studio for creating royalty free music is Soundation.com. You own the rights to whatever music you create using the program’s sample and loop libraries.

Sound sets start at only $5 so it’s much less expensive than buying an entire royalty free loop library to compose with. You can check out some of these mini sound packages here: Soundation.com/Sound-Sets

If you are a video, film producer or other user of royalty free music, then maybe you have never tried to create your own music. It can be really fun and simple to experiment with Soundation using their huge variety of royalty free samples and loops.

Check out this tutorial to get an idea of how to start making your own mixes!

Audio Editing Video Course Using Open Source Audacity Software

If your using my music or other royalty free audio you may need to edit the tracks and add a voice over for your video or podcast.

Well you can use the open source software called Audacity for free. In fact, I use Audacity to do final mastering of wav files and conversion to MP3.

Click here to download Audacity

Here is a video course that explains editing audio tracks using the software:

There are allot more audio editing video courses on YouTube that teach how to use Audacity to:

– Export to MP3 using the LAME MP3 Encoder
– Remove vocals from audio tracks
– Mix multiple tracks into one audio file
– Record original audio using Audacity on your PC
– Create podcasts using Audacity
– Remove unwanted noise from tracks

Click here to see all YouTube Audacity courses

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