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Best sites for downloading music

We round up the best legal music downloading sites

  • In a day and age where music sharing is a bigger deal than [[artnid:352418|Justin Bieber's|Justin Bieber is most searched person on the net]] haircut, it can be confusing to wade through Web sites looking for the best ones for downloading some new tunes. For those who like to find their melodies on the net, we have compiled the top sites to [[artnid:361795|download music|EU votes to toughen rules on Internet piracy]] — including both free and non-free options, all legal and available in Australia.

    [[xref:http://bigpondmusic.com/|BigPond Music]]



    We’ll start with an obvious one — BigPond Music has an extensive range of tracks, albums and videos for you to choose from. The average price of BigPond Music is $1.99, with those in the current top 10 receiving a 15 per cent discount, while older tracks will set you back around $1.60. The average album price is $15.35.
  • [[xref:http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio|Internet Archive's Community Audio]]



    Who said you can't legally download music for free? Community Audio generally offers files like audio books, news broadcasts and radio programs, but if you look hard enough you'll find some music as well.
  • [[xref:http://www.jamendo.com|Jamendo]]



    Luxemburg-based company Jamendo is another site which allows legal music downloads. With over 32,000 albums on offer, indie lovers and music aficionados will lap this site up. All music is available free of thanks to the Creative Commons licence.
  • [[xref:http://newweirdaustralia.com/|New Weird Australia]]



    New Weird Australia is a Sydney-based initiative that provides free bimonthly compilations of experimental Australian music.
  • [[xref:http://www.artistdirect.com|ARTISTdirect]]



    Although individual tracks can't be purchased from this site, Artist Direct often throws in surprise free track downloads for users. There is a wide range of albums available, with the average cost, new or old, in the region of US$12.99.
  • [[xref:http://www.apple.com/itunes/|iTunes]]



    You were all waiting for this bad boy weren’t you? It isn’t by some fluke that iTunes is one of the most popular digital media player applications in the world. iTunes makes it onto this list for its variety, and generally reasonable prices. While some tracks can be bought for only 99 cents (AUD), the average price for a single track is $1.99 and an album is likely to cost you $16.99.
  • [[xref:http://www.dogmazic.net/index.php?op=edito&choice_user_language=English|Dogmazic]]



    Dogmazic holds its own by offering a humble range of synth-pop, alternative and hip-hop tracks. All content is free to download.
  • [[xref:http://stereogum.com/|Stereogum]]



    Independent music at no cost? That's the offer from Stereogum, a US alternative music blog and news site which has been offering free daily downloads since 2002. From compilation albums to live videos, Stereogum is definitely worth a look.
  • [[xref:http://www.last.fm/|Last.fm]]



    Music streaming site Last.fm has a useful recommendation system based on your listening habits. Free tracks are available without subscription, and the service has a surprisingly wide range of mainstream and independent tracks to choose from.

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