What Are Some Ways to Get Free MP3 Downloads?

Music lovers can get free MP3 downloads from websites such as Amazon.com, NoiseTrade and the Internet Archive's Audio and MP3 Library. All of these sites give users the ability to download free and legal MP3 files.

While Amazon.com is known for selling music that people can buy in MP3 format, it also has thousands of free music downloads. After visiting Amazon.com's digital music section and choosing a music genre, users can switch their search between top paid and top free music. After finding a song that they want, they can choose to download it to their computers or save it to their Amazon Cloud Player.

The Internet Archive's Audio and MP3 Library has free downloads for radio programs, podcasts, music and live music. Users can search for music based on staff picks, weekly downloads or live recordings, or they can browse the archive manually. This site is home to all different kinds of free music downloads, including music from John Mayer, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson.

NoiseTrade has thousands of songs and albums that artists have made free as a way to get their name into the music industry. While it's not required, people are given the option to tip the artists to support their music. MP3 files downloaded from this site come in zip folders.