How can I download and burn music for free?

By | April 10, 2021

Find free music

Where you are looking for free music to download depends on your specific interests. Stores that sell downloadable music, such as Amazon and iTunes, regularly offer tracks by popular music artists as free samples. Live Music Archive offers free live concert recordings for non-commercial use. The Internet Archive offers a collection of free music, including early public domain recordings. (Wikimedia Commons also has some, though they may be harder to find there if you do not know exactly what you are looking for.)

Organize music

Download your free music tracks to specific folders so they are easier to find when you want them. For example, create folders in My Documents / My Music for different genres, bands or types of recording (eg live recording, free rehearsal or public domain).

CD Burner Program

There are many free CD burning programs that are easy to use. One popular is iTunes, as it is necessary for iPod use and an easy way to organize your music. Another good free program is CDBurnerXP, which supports .wav, .mp3, .ogg, .wma, .flac, .aiff, .bwf and .mp2 formats and can burn audio CDs, MP3 CDs and data discs . It can also play tracks while organizing a playlist to burn and save playlists for future use.

Potential problems

Even if the music you find is free, it can be protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management). This copy protection limits how you can use the file and can prevent you from converting it to new formats or burning it to CDs with certain free programs, such as CDBurnerXP. You can avoid this problem by making sure you get your free music from sites that do not use copy protection or from public domain sources, but this will limit the amount and types of free music that you can find. It’s not hard to find free downloadable music online — legally. If you are willing to explore a little and take what you can get, you can find free music online and find new and interesting music or learn that your favorite band allows free live recordings. You can burn all your musical discoveries to audio CDs with a free CD burning program, such as CDBurnerXP.