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There are plenty of websites out there that offer free music downloads and I've weeded through them so you can find only the best and brightest in this list of top 15 places to get free music downloads.

At these websites you'll be able to get free music downloads in high-quality MP3 format so they'll play on your computer, phone, and can even be burned to a CD.

All the free music downloads here are legal so they are either public domain or in most cases the artist's have given permission for you to download and enjoy their hard work.

After you're done getting some free music downloads, you might also also like to find out the best places to listen to free music online, where to watch free music videos, and the best free music apps.

1. Jamendo

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All the free music downloads at Jamendo are made available through Creative Commons licensees meaning that the artists themselves have decided they want to give out their music for free for the masses to enjoy.

You can discover new music at Jamendo by viewing the most popular, most downloads, most played, and latest releases of the free music downloads. You can also search for artists that you know to see if their music is available for download.

Another way to get find great music here is by listing to one of the Jamendo radio channels. When you find a song or artist you like, you can then download the track or album.

Jamendo has free apps available for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

2. NoiseTrade

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NoiseTrade has thousands of albums that are completely free and legal for you to download. The artists want you to check out their creations and if you like it and are inclined to do so, you can tip them or help promote them to your friends.

You'll need to enter your email address and zip code for each album you want to download and then you'll receive an email with your download code. The MP3 files will come in a zip folder.

You can easily find new albums you want to download by viewing the top downloads and new and notable sections on the homepage.

3. Free Music Archive

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The Free Music Archive is another website for free music downloads that's directed by the freeform radio station WFMU. The music here is free for you to legally download and is a mix of public domain and Creative Commons licenses.

The easiest way to find a music you'd like to download at Free Music Archive is to browse though the genres of music or watch their blog for collections, artists, or songs they'll highlight.

If you create a free account at Free Music Archive you'll be able to make your own collections and interact with other listeners.

4. PureVolume

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PureVolume is another music discovery website that gives the artists on the site the option of offering free music downloads of their songs.

View the free music downloads at PureVolume by top songs, top downloads, or featured songs and artists.

5. Amazon

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There are thousands and thousands of free music downloads at Amazon.com, making it one of my favorite websites to visit when I'm looking for new music to download legally.

You can see the all the free music downloads by clicking on a genre or sorting by popularity, release date, time, reviews, or in alphabetical order by title, artist, or album.

When you're ready to download a song click on Get MP3 and play it from the Amazon Cloud Player or download it to your computer.

6. Internet Archive's Audio and MP3 Library

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Internet Archive's Audio and MP3 Library has free downloads of music, audio, podcasts, radio programs, and most notably their Live Music Archive.

You can view the free music downloads by most downloaded items of the week or all time, staff picks, or browse or search for the live recordings.

You'll find all kinds of artists with free music downloads here including Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Grateful Dead, 311, and Smashing Pumpkins.

7. SoundClick

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SoundClick is the ultimate portal into finding free music downloads directly from the artists websites. These artists have decided they'd like to let people download their music for free. This includes signed and unsigned musicians.

With SoundClick, you can browse through the music charts and genres until you find a free music download you'd like to have and then either listen to or download that song.

You can also create custom radio stations, get to know other listeners on the forums, or read more about your favorite SoundClick artists.

8. iTunes

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iTunes is a great place to go to buy your music but they also have free music downloads available.

To get to the free music downloads on iTunes, you'll need to open iTunes and click on iTunes Store on the left-hand side. Once you're in the iTunes store, look for the Free on iTunes link under Quick Links on the right-hand side of the store.

Now you'll be able to download the free music downloads, movies, TV shows, apps, books, and podcasts. Be sure to check back weekly because these iTunes freebies change often.

9. Last.fm

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Last.fm has more than 25 pages of free music downloads that fall into all genres. You can browse these free downloads by category or simply looking through the whole list.

Besides free music downloads, you can also stream thousands of songs and get recommendations of bands you'll love.

10. MadeLoud

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MadeLoud offers free music downloads from solo artists and underground bands that's free and legal for you to download or stream.

Browse though the pages and pages of free music downloads or choose your favorite genre to get started.

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