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Hi,

As people here like DRM-free stuff, I figured we should make a list of websites where you can download DRM-free music.
edit: as Kabuto rightfully pointed out, there is more need for list of websites featuring FLAC, as most have drm-free nowadays.

High-quality music
bandcamp.com lots of indie artists, good bandwidth, downloads in any format (FLAC, Ogg, MP3, etc.)
magnatunes.com hand-picked, high quality, full preview (FLAG, Ogg, MP3, etc.)
passionato.com classical music, FLAC, MP3
hdtracks.com multiple genres, FLAC, AIFF, MP3
beatport.com mostly electronic, dance, etc, MP3, MP4 and WAV
junodownload.com multiple genres, MP3 and WAV
zunior.com/ indie, FLAC, MP3
mergerecords.com/ FLAC, MP3
matadorrecords.com/ physical, FLAC, MP3
audiojelly.com/ Dance music, MP3
8bitpeoples.com Artist collective
7digital.com MP3
hmvdigital.com MP3

Free music (as in gratis)
jamendo.com/en/ Creative commons licenses, mostly. Free to download and listen to at any rate.
frostclick.com/wp/ Creative commons, portal links to P2P and other sources. 100% free and legal.




Thanks, guys! Feel free to suggest more!
Post edited January 10, 2011 by chupacabra
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chupacabra: Hi,

As people here like DRM-free stuff, I figured we should make a list of websites where you can download DRM-free music.

Let's kick of with this one:
- bandcamp.com lots of indie artists, downloads in any format (FLAC, Ogg, MP3, etc.)



Feel free to suggest more!
There's no need to look. Most sites now give drm-free music. iTunes, Napster (the legit ay one), 7digital, hmv (canada and uk), puretracks, cdbaby, etc. Your less likely to find drm protected music sites than drm-free ones. I would like more FLAC download sites though.
Post edited November 30, 2010 by Kabuto
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Kabuto: There's no need to look. Most sites now give drm-free music. iTunes, Napster (the legit ay one), 7digital, hmv (canada and uk), puretracks, cdbaby, etc. Your less likely to find drm protected music sites than drm-free ones. I would like more FLAC download sites though.
True, but while there are more sites featuring drm-free games, GOG is definitely the place to go. In any case, I could redub it the FLAC/Ogg music list...
Post edited November 30, 2010 by chupacabra
I still buy CDs most of the time, but for singles or b-sides I remember dealing with iTunes' mess of DRM and hating them for it. As soon as amazon popped up with DRM free music I was all over it.

Amusingly amazon adds their own activation DRM to all their game downloads.
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Kabuto: There's no need to look. Most sites now give drm-free music. iTunes, Napster (the legit ay one), 7digital, hmv (canada and uk), puretracks, cdbaby, etc. Your less likely to find drm protected music sites than drm-free ones. I would like more FLAC download sites though.
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chupacabra: True, but while there are more sites featuring drm-free games, GOG is definitely the place to go. In any case, I could redub it the FLAC/Ogg music list...
That would be a good title redub.

cdBaby used to offer flac for its collection of indie albums but no longer it seems.
I will note that allflac.com is an illegal pay for site.
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Kabuto: I will note that allflac.com is an illegal pay for site.
Legal, I presume?
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Kabuto: I will note that allflac.com is an illegal pay for site.
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chupacabra: Legal, I presume?
No quite illegal. Artists albums and singles are on there without permission and selling well below normal cost.
Post edited November 30, 2010 by Kabuto
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chupacabra: Legal, I presume?
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Kabuto: No quite illegal. Artists albums and singles are on there without permission and selling well below normal cost.
Hmm, so that doesn't really count. We'll keep it for the moment, though, any more suggestions?
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Kabuto: No quite illegal. Artists albums and singles are on there without permission and selling well below normal cost.
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chupacabra: Hmm, so that doesn't really count. We'll keep it for the moment, though, any more suggestions?
I know, I wanted to clarify about it incase someone else brings it up.
www.hdtracks.com

100% legal, they also offer some 96khz/24bit stuff.

Smallish selection, but some labels have signed with them.
Post edited November 30, 2010 by phanboy4
www.beatport.com

www.junodownload.com

Lossless wav quality music.
http://www.jamendo.com/en/ Creative commons licenses, mostly. Free to download and listen to at any rate.

http://www.frostclick.com/wp/ Despite being linked to a P2P client, this stuff is 100% free and legal.
It has been awhile, but emusic.com always had DRM free mp3 downloads. I got all of George Carlin's albums there, some early Green Day, Sevendust, and some Eddie Izzard albums.
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phanboy4: www.hdtracks.com

100% legal, they also offer some 96khz/24bit stuff.

Smallish selection, but some labels have signed with them.
Like 4AD, of Pixies fame.
www.audiojelly.com

If you are looking for mp3 tracks for some weird reason, but as always, I suggest that you buy from Beatport or Juno (lossless is always better, and you can always encode your music in mp3).