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What are the best websites to download free and legal music?

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    Gloria Woods
    Written on September 28, 2017
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    1. #1
      ccMixter
      Online Tools

      Free

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      Ethan Gordon
      Written on April 23, 2017
      "This is a pretty good site for free music, but it's mostly background music for projects, etc. I use it in my YouTube videos. But if you're looking for fully composed listening music and top 100 hits, I would look elsewhere."
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      Ethan Gordon
      Written on April 23, 2017
      "This is a pretty good site for free music, but it's mostly background music for projects, etc. I use it in my YouTube videos. But if you're looking for fully composed listening music and top 100 hits, I would look elsewhere."
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      Mario Montiel
      Written on April 12, 2017
      "This is really cool. I didn't know there was anything like this out there. I may actually use it in the future. Definitely solved the problem!"
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      Joshua Black
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "I am indie video game designer and have a limited budget for music for my games. A friend of mine recommended ccMixter. Now I have access to thousands of high quality tracks that I can use for free in my games. All I have to do is credit the artist. I would recommed ccMixter to someone who wants an affordable way to add professional music to their projects."
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      Rachel Zhang
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "We all want free music and you can find it at ccMixter. There are some big named musicians associated with this service. Surprisingly not many people have heard of ccMixter but you should give it a try. Then you can tell others about it."
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      Alexander Spencer
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "I love to download music, but I hate paying .99 cents a song (looking at you, iTunes)...and I hate feeling like a crook when I download songs for free from illegal sites. Incompetech gives me the ability to download free and legal music. It's free, and legal, and music...what more could you ask for?"
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      Alexander Spencer
      Written on February 26, 2017
      "I love to download music, but I hate paying .99 cents a song (looking at you, iTunes)...and I hate feeling like a crook when I download songs for free from illegal sites. Incompetech gives me the ability to download free and legal music. It's free, and legal, and music...what more could you ask for?"
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      Tim Zhou
      Written on April 26, 2017
      "I am a DJ so I'm always looking for music to use legally. This website has a lot of great options for music that people seem to love at the parties and clubs I DJ at. I've been using this website for a while now and have found a lot of great material here."
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      Joseph Burton
      Written on March 6, 2017
      "The website is extremely basic looking. The search engine does its job but nothing about the site stands out from ones that are similar. There are better places to go for royalty-free music."
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      Ann Lucas
      Written on June 7, 2017
      "I love being able to download music all in one spot. This site makes sure I have all my music in one spot and don't have to spend hours searching and downloading it now."
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      James Boyd
      Written on March 9, 2017
      "If you are a teacher who is looking for music to use in the classroom or for school projects, Free Music Archive provides just the solution. Search the Free Music Archive for the type of music you want and use it non-commercially at no cost."
      JB
      James Boyd
      Written on March 9, 2017
      "If you are a teacher who is looking for music to use in the classroom or for school projects, Free Music Archive provides just the solution. Search the Free Music Archive for the type of music you want and use it non-commercially at no cost."
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      Tammy Torres
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "This is not a website I would recommend for downloading any type of popular music. It really covers non-mainstream downloads and doesn't have any of the newest songs I'm looking for that I hear on the radio."
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      Bobby Perez
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "Free Music Archive is for anyone looking to download music for free and legal as well."
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      Cynthia Contreras
      Written on July 16, 2017
      "Remember the days when you built your digital music collection through Napster illegally? When now you can do the same...but LEGALLY! I really like the different categories you can search music by on Musopen, from genre to instrument, and even form (duet, sonata, etc.)! This would be great for music teachers and students to get broad exposure to different styles."
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      Cynthia Contreras
      Written on July 16, 2017
      "Remember the days when you built your digital music collection through Napster illegally? When now you can do the same...but LEGALLY! I really like the different categories you can search music by on Musopen, from genre to instrument, and even form (duet, sonata, etc.)! This would be great for music teachers and students to get broad exposure to different styles."
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      Arjun Kapoor
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "I'm not really familiar with a lot of music download laws and have always been worried to mess around with it for fear of accidentally breaking any laws. This website has free music to download, and it's all legal and royalty-free. It's been so useful for finding music, whether just to listen to or to put in my YouTube videos."
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      Brian Larson
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "I indulged this site to much frustration. The navigation is simple to the point of being worthless, and before you can download, you have to login, despite the books all being royalty free. Then, unlike something sane like MIDI, all materials are just in PDF. I didn't find Musopen very compelling at all."
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      Peter Ellis
      Written on January 31, 2017
      "Musopen is a great source for Royalty Free music you can download to listen to and use in your own projects. Because the music is without royalties, it's completely free to download without restrictions."
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      Wayne Contreras
      Written on April 20, 2017
      "I've always been worried about downloading free music in the internet because you never know if it's legal or not. However, with this site-Partners in Rhyme- you can breathe safely knowing that all the content you download is not only free but legal as well. The majority(if not all) the songs in their catalog are royalty free and have no copyright attached to them, so always know that whatever you decide to download is totally fine by the artists that produced their music. Personally, I used a lot of their music for my new website and youtube videos. It has been an amazing experience!"
      WC
      Wayne Contreras
      Written on April 20, 2017
      "I've always been worried about downloading free music in the internet because you never know if it's legal or not. However, with this site-Partners in Rhyme- you can breathe safely knowing that all the content you download is not only free but legal as well. The majority(if not all) the songs in their catalog are royalty free and have no copyright attached to them, so always know that whatever you decide to download is totally fine by the artists that produced their music. Personally, I used a lot of their music for my new website and youtube videos. It has been an amazing experience!"
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      Kyle Phillips
      Written on January 14, 2017
      "First off, this is such an amazing resources for those of us who create videos via Youtube and don't want to get involved with various licensing fees or have our videos taken down because of copyright laws. One of the first thing you notice either through their website or when you actually contact them is how professional they are in every aspect of the process. The best feature is definitely the use of tag words to locate various sounds effects. They are a great company"
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      Eric Richardson
      Written on May 4, 2017
      "Great spot to find music that you do not need to pay a royalty for. If you are doing a play or have a presentation, or commercial. They have a vast selection of music ranging from happy tunes, rock pop, horror etc. Plus the service is outstanding."
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      Shirley Walker
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "This is a very nice collection of royalty free music you can use for your websites, videos and such. There is everything from sound effects to full soundtracks, both free and paid. The site saves a lot of time you would spend searching."
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      Adam Howard
      Written on February 17, 2017
      "I had become bored with the music that I was finding online. I also didn't feel comfortable downloading music illegally. I was looking for a place to download free music from independent artists. After discovering NoiseTrade I've found many new artists that I enjoy. The music is free but you can also send a donation to the artists if you really enjoy their music."
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      Adam Howard
      Written on February 17, 2017
      "I had become bored with the music that I was finding online. I also didn't feel comfortable downloading music illegally. I was looking for a place to download free music from independent artists. After discovering NoiseTrade I've found many new artists that I enjoy. The music is free but you can also send a donation to the artists if you really enjoy their music."
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      José Guadalupe Hurtado
      Written on February 21, 2017
      "My music needed somewhere to launch from, somewhere I could get noticed. I didn't mind making it free, I just wanted people to enjoy the sounds I made. NoiseTrade was a fantastic platform for me to get my tunes out there, into the world, and through peoples' ears the way I intended it to be."
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      Harold Salazar
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "Limited selection with an interface that's boring and outdated. I wanted this to be exactly what I was looking for. Instead, I got exactly what I thought it would end up being. Mostly stuff I've never even heard of before. I would pass on this."
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      Albert Coleman
      Written on January 24, 2017
      "This solution looks better organized than the ccMixter one. Definitely a good fix for the problem!"
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      Maria Welch
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Decent radio program. Gives a lot of variety in it's "spiking tracks and spiking artists" section so you can keep getting fresh music. Site is a little cluttered and has an annoying counter on the main screen that never stops though."
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      Maria Welch
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Decent radio program. Gives a lot of variety in it's "spiking tracks and spiking artists" section so you can keep getting fresh music. Site is a little cluttered and has an annoying counter on the main screen that never stops though."
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      Nathan Hawkins
      Written on March 4, 2017
      "Last.fm is an industry leader in the online music space. It has a state of the art algorithm for selecting and recommending music that you will like based on your past choices. It has always made strong recommendations for me."
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      Keith Young
      Written on January 4, 2017
      "Last.fm has a steeper learning curve and isn't as intuitive as, say, Pandora & Spotify. It also doesn't allow you to download music persay, but it's a totally legal way of listening to free music."
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      Harold Carpenter
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "I really appreciate this site I found in its relating to downloading music. Usually I have gotten music form Itunes, but there have been songs my independent artist that I want but are not available. I have found so many artist that I would not have know about before with Opne Music. Ive become a few fan of so many artist and the fake that there music is open for download, is just a winning point."
      HC
      Harold Carpenter
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "I really appreciate this site I found in its relating to downloading music. Usually I have gotten music form Itunes, but there have been songs my independent artist that I want but are not available. I have found so many artist that I would not have know about before with Opne Music. Ive become a few fan of so many artist and the fake that there music is open for download, is just a winning point."
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      Ronald James
      Written on May 11, 2017
      "This is the perfect solution to what I'm searching for. It allows me to download free music legally."
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      Daniel Rogers
      Written on September 27, 2017
      "There was quite a large selection of music to listen to. I found the content bland and second tier."
      JA
      José Angel Ávalos
      Written on March 19, 2017
      "Must say that it is a lifesaver. No better option in the app store."
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      Jason Hunt
      Written on April 24, 2017
      "The content at archive.org is well known for its depth and breadth. They are doing great work and one of their hidden gems is the collection of music. I suggest to anyone who is looking that they start here first."
      JH
      Jason Hunt
      Written on April 24, 2017
      "The content at archive.org is well known for its depth and breadth. They are doing great work and one of their hidden gems is the collection of music. I suggest to anyone who is looking that they start here first."
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      Matthew Hopkins
      Written on September 27, 2017
      "I usually love archive.org. But the free music I found there was of mostly low quality. It also was difficult to find and download. So I'd pass on this one."
      JB
      Jack Banks
      Written on January 27, 2017
      "I am tired of paying for music or illegally downloading it. This site allows me access to legal and free music. It is exactly what I am looking for!"
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      Donald Kim
      Written on February 7, 2017
      "Well if you are looking for a place for music you've never heard of this is the place. Lots of music from other countries. Interesting."
    7. #10
      Jamendo
      Online Tools

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Nathan Robinson
      Written on April 8, 2017
      "Though the quality is pretty low, Jamendo itself is a wonderful place to get legal music for free. So long as you credit the creators, they're perfectly fine with you using it for just about anything at all. Some stuff sounds perfect for movies, others for books, so you have to sort through it, but it's still a good place to start."
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      Nathan Robinson
      Written on April 8, 2017
      "Though the quality is pretty low, Jamendo itself is a wonderful place to get legal music for free. So long as you credit the creators, they're perfectly fine with you using it for just about anything at all. Some stuff sounds perfect for movies, others for books, so you have to sort through it, but it's still a good place to start."
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      Paul Young
      Written on March 20, 2017
      "This website is very well done. It offers a wide variety of free downloadable music genres and artists. The site states that their music library is free and legal to download and share. Emerging artists have a home on this site to gain recognition and support from their fan base."
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      Paul Lucas
      Written on April 1, 2017
      "If you love music like me then you should really bookmark this website! It offers free and legal download of music and it has a very nice and big selection of mp3s from which to pick your favorite ones!"
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      Howard Gilbert
      Written on April 25, 2017
      "I use Jamendo to download music legally. What's also cool about Jamendo is that I can stream my favorite songs."
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      Keith Alvarado
      Written on March 14, 2017
      "Fun site to download for free. You can get free music from any genre you want."
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      Sharon Qin
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "I needed to find a good website to download free and legal music. I'm a huge music fan, but don't have a lot of money to work with. I found Soundcloud and, although some of the music is very good, it doesn't have any of my favorite artists. The music is unique and you either like it or hate it most of the time. It's nice that it's free, but since they don't have any of the music I like or popular artists, I don't recommend it at all."
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      Sharon Qin
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "I needed to find a good website to download free and legal music. I'm a huge music fan, but don't have a lot of money to work with. I found Soundcloud and, although some of the music is very good, it doesn't have any of my favorite artists. The music is unique and you either like it or hate it most of the time. It's nice that it's free, but since they don't have any of the music I like or popular artists, I don't recommend it at all."
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      George Arnold
      Written on April 4, 2017
      "I struggle with finding a good, trustworthy site to download music from. I don't want any viruses! Soundcloud allows me to do that. Granted, it doesn't have all the newest and latest top 40, because that would be illegal. You have to pay for those! But there is so much music out there that is perfectly legal to download for free."
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      Rose Barnes
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "Soundcloud is great if you know what you're looking for. But it is also cluttered with unsigned artists that use other artists' keywords and song titles in order for you to hear their music. It's not that great of a site."
      JH
      Joshua Hunt
      Written on March 28, 2017
      "Soundcloud is a wonderful platform to discover new and exciting music from all over the world."
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      Mp3jam
      Software

      Windows

      Free

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      Eric Morgan
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "This software is a pretty decent application for finding new music through Youtube playlists. I've used it for about a month or so now and have found quite a few different artists out there that I may not have found otherwise. I do use Spotify and Pandora so I guess I could have found them through that. The interface from this was pretty easy, though. Definitely made searching much easier."
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      Eric Morgan
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "This software is a pretty decent application for finding new music through Youtube playlists. I've used it for about a month or so now and have found quite a few different artists out there that I may not have found otherwise. I do use Spotify and Pandora so I guess I could have found them through that. The interface from this was pretty easy, though. Definitely made searching much easier."
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      Olivia Santos
      Written on May 22, 2017
      "Not since Napster have I had so many options! Love the large collection of titles--and it's all free and legal! It's easy to find what I'm looking for and download with just a click!"
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      Vincent Henderson
      Written on April 15, 2017
      "Mp3jam is on my list of sites to find free and legal music. It usually has what I'm looking for."
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      Alonzo Spears
      Written on May 9, 2018
      "LOVE IT THE PAID VERSION IS GOOD ONE TIME FEE AND THATS IT"
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      Dylan Hayes
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is one of the oldest running platforms for music. The thing is, it's not free. It has a free trial and then you pay for it. There's countless other free platforms for free and legal music. This is not one of them. Overall, it's worth it if you want some niche music picks but it's somewhat pricy for what it offers when alternatives do it better."
      DH
      Dylan Hayes
      Written on April 29, 2017
      "This is one of the oldest running platforms for music. The thing is, it's not free. It has a free trial and then you pay for it. There's countless other free platforms for free and legal music. This is not one of them. Overall, it's worth it if you want some niche music picks but it's somewhat pricy for what it offers when alternatives do it better."
      BH
      Bruce He
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "Napster is just a name these days. Its no longer a peer to peer file sharing platform and hasnt been for a decade. If you are looking to download music look elsewhere as this is a streaming service."
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      Brenda Mendoza
      Written on March 7, 2017
      "Napster remains a great website for free and legal music. You can access millions of songs and listen from anywhere. It is a great way to find new music and radio stations."
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      SoundHost
      Software

      Android

      Free

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      Kathryn Gomez
      Written on September 7, 2017
      "I wanted to be able to get some music from groups I like that are not main stream. This has been the answer to that problem. Music is uploaded and you can download for free or even buy or sell your own music. It does not have everything since that would be illegal but it has a nice variety that I enjoy."
      KG
      Kathryn Gomez
      Written on September 7, 2017
      "I wanted to be able to get some music from groups I like that are not main stream. This has been the answer to that problem. Music is uploaded and you can download for free or even buy or sell your own music. It does not have everything since that would be illegal but it has a nice variety that I enjoy."
      KG
      Kathy Gutierrez
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "Good site for sharing music!! Easy to use and helps me to connect with others!"
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      Audio Jungle
      Websites

      Price varies according of what you want

      AF
      Austin Freeman
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "The music itself isn't free to download, but it's still a good source of royalty-free music for any projects. There's also free sound engineering tutorials which again, not free *music*, but super useful for audio projects."
      AF
      Austin Freeman
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "The music itself isn't free to download, but it's still a good source of royalty-free music for any projects. There's also free sound engineering tutorials which again, not free *music*, but super useful for audio projects."
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      Marie Barrett
      Written on October 26, 2017
      "This is not the best solution to the problem because the music is not free to download. It is a legal solution but that is only half of the topic therefore it is not the best."
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      Kathryn Rice
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "SoundCloud Downloader does what the name says. It downloads fast and is free.Its very easy to start using and has many options to choose from."
      KR
      Kathryn Rice
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "SoundCloud Downloader does what the name says. It downloads fast and is free.Its very easy to start using and has many options to choose from."
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      Jessica Taylor
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "I love to listen to music, so I am always looking for websites to legally download new songs for free. I recently discovered Soundcloud Downloader. It is pretty good, but still not quite what I am looking for. I will use it until something better comes along."
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      Barbara Peters
      Written on March 13, 2017
      "A lot of people I know use Soundcloud Downloader to download free and legal music. It is a great way to share music you have been composing with fans and critics. I find Soundcloud to have high-quality mp3."
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      Paul Brosnan
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "TinyTunes is an app that lets you stream hundreds of thousands of songs hosted on seven different servers, right from your Android device. The only thing you need is an Internet connection."
      PB
      Paul Brosnan
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "TinyTunes is an app that lets you stream hundreds of thousands of songs hosted on seven different servers, right from your Android device. The only thing you need is an Internet connection."

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    Summary

    Best websites to download free and legal music
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 ccMixter Online Tools 201 Free
    2 Incompetech Websites 160 Free
    3 Free Music Archive Websites 143 Free
    4 Musopen Websites 126 Free
    5 Partners in Rhyme Websites 111 Free
    6 NoiseTrade Websites 88 Free
    7 Last.fm Online Tools 69 Free
    8 Open Music Archive Websites 59 Free
    9 Archive.org - Free Music Archive Websites 49 Free
    10 Jamendo Online Tools 24 Free
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