Been looking for free mp3s online lately? If you have you may have a few concerns. Many of the sites that show up in your searches do not function anymore. Stuff happens! For over a decade we enjoyed a great service that worked with bloggers like us to provide lots of free, legal, mp3 downloads. Times got hard, though, and the service brushed off their welcome mat and closed and locked their doors. Went out of business a few months ago. This was not a small operation and many of the legitimate free mp3 sites depended upon it. Now, like us, their old links no longer work.
Other less legitimate sites have been shut down by lawsuits or the fear of lawsuits. The RIAA has been hard at it for several years suing everyone who tries to circumvent intellectual property rights by downloading pirated music. They have sued many internet sites as well as countless fans (many of whom did not realize what they were doing was not kosher because everyone else was doing it and the sites were freely available and popular).
And, we have to remember that artists need to eat like the rest of us. All they have to sell is their music. If it all gets distributed for free, they may have to quit making music and spend their time making a living and we lose the opportunity to enjoy their potential future music.
But, all this said, we are not discouraged or dissuaded as we know several other ways to build up a library of free, legal downloads from great new artists. Hang with us a bit and we will have some here for you. Primarily, we hope to find many artists’ sites with free promotional downloads. We’ll give you the links to go take advantage. Plus, we hope to build a large community of artists who will deal with us directly to make promotional tracks available to you.
Here’s quick sample until we can build up our library again.