Stream music for free and legally

There are increasingly more and more ways to purchase and get free music online, so a small round up here will keep everything in order. Only legal methods are mentioned.

To buy music you can always download iTunes which has a massive stake of the online market and you can also get DRM-free tracks on 7digital.com - both offer songs from about 59p to just a bit over £1. Amazon MP3 is my go-to store however as they offer the best prices on songs - when it launched in the UK they gave away millions of copies of a free song which was a massive succes.. Now they still have songs for just 29p and up and I haven't seen anything over £1 on there. Songs for 29p - you surely can't beat that, right?

Well there are free songs available online. YouTube allows you to watch tons of music videos all for free and as many times as you want, last.fm allows you build a radio station around music you like although you can only stream a particular song a set number of times and we7.com offers millions of tracks from the big labels to be streamed as many times as you want. You can make playlists which can be accessed anywhere.

However, arguably the biggest new service is Spotify. It allows you to stream over 4 million tracks with almost 100,000 new tracks added every single week. They have just about every new and old song you can think of and have contracts with all 4 of the major music labels. It works just like iTunes - there is no lag at all, you click a song and it starts instantly. There is a 30 second advert every 15 minutes or so which is perfectly acceptable and usually very interesting too. Best of all? It's free.
If you pay £99 a year or £9.99 a month, you can get an Android, S60, iPod Touch or iPhone app which allows you to cache locally every song you want from your Spotify playlists and they can stay on your phone or iPod Touch for 30 days. That's access to unlimited music everywhere for £99. The price of a concert ticket and transport. Or the price of a few albums.

There is one downside to all of these free services though, and Spotify, the music is never truly yours and if the company were to go out of business any money you have put into it won't come back.

So there's no reason for you to bittorrent music. Seriously, can you not afford free? Can you afford to pay the fines and face the consequences of being caught file-sharing.
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About Giovanni Costa

Radio journalist, newspaper editor, travel writier, tour guide and Disney Cast Member. These are just some of the things Gio has done in the past few years. He loves visiting new destintions, trying new food and wants you to come along for the ride!
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