Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Free Music to play, download and share

While I usually write about some new Linux distribution or other tech related gadgetry, I wanted to share my love for public domain music.

Public domain music is exactly that, owned by and in purview of the public. Which means anyone can download, listen to and share this music.

While you are not likely to hear music on the local pop "top 40" station, there are some real gems in the public domain.

I personally like to listen to jazz.. (except Dixie land, not a "John Philip Sousa" type of a guy..)

But there is something for everyone in the PD (public domain) including current sounding pop, country, r&b, rock, etc.. songs if one so desires. Of coarse there is also some very old music too, and cool radio recordings of shows like "The Shadow" and "Dick Tracy". 

One of my favorite songs I found in PD is a song called "This is Honkstep" by Orkestra Del Sol.

Here is the link to it thanks to

It really takes off after the tuba solo. Anyways, this is just a small taste of what you can find. Here is my compilation of favorite places to dig for buried PD treasure:

"Fun Fun Fun Media is all about enjoying music.
Our music bloggers find and post MP3s for download.
We do the music discovery. You listen and download anything you like.
Music isn’t shrinking, musicians haven’t stopped making music.
Fun Fun Fun has devoted itself to keeping music creativity alive.
Fun Fun Fun offers a free music cloud so you can enjoy music anywhere." -

"Our musical heritage is our culture.
The Past should be appreciated, not neglected.
These artists are so unique, they should never be forgotten.
This site is designed for your musical edification.
This site can not grant any commercial uses of this material." -

"The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format." -

"Musopen ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free." -

I hope you enjoy this list, there are more where that came from.

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