Ever wished you could pull out your laptop, surf the web, and find a host of free and (most importantly) legal music? I know that most people just indicated agreement in some way, a shaking of the head, a silent confirmation in your mind, a triumphant yell that someone else finally understands your views… But in all seriousness, I know that what annoys people the most about the internet is that we’re expected to have all of our favorite songs at our fingertips and not be allowed to swipe them. It frustrates me, too, so I went looking. There are so many great Internet music-hosting sites that allow artists to put up some free songs for their fans to download and I’ve recently discovered one of my favorites: “Noisetrade”.
Profile: Noisetrade, this site boasts that it’s houses “Thousands of albums, completely free, completely legal”. WHOLE ALBUMS, not just one or two sporadic songs. You can find any artist that sparks your interest and take their whole record, for FREE!
Offers: Albums, samplers, and a chance to pay the artists back for their free goods (Kind of a paradox of the music business system as we know it, and it’s that freedom that keeps users happy).
Concerning Our Dear Money: This site is 100% free, as I stated before, there’s a feature where you can “tip” the artists in exchange for their work, but that’s just an option.
Ease of Use: Noisetrade has search functions, pictures of new releases on the homepage, and is laid out showing only album covers and artists names, making it almost idiot-proof. Plus, the album exchange happens via the website, you ask to download the album you desire, they shoot you an e-mail, you download the zip file, easy as pie.
GOOD FINDS: *All related artist information provided by Noisetrade
-Sleeping at Last~ 2012 Noisetrade Sampler
Related Artists– nick drake, sufjan stevens, radiohead, bon iver, sigur ros
-Paper Route~ Absence + “Better Life”
Related Artists-The National, mewithoutYou, Colour Revolt, Beach House, Johnny Cash
-Ten Out of Tenn~ (Vol. 1 and 2)
Related Artists-Katie Herzig, Griffin House, Andy Davis, Erin McCarley, Matthew Perryman Jones (Volume 1)
-William Fitzsimmons~ Exclusive Noisetrade Sampler
Related Artists-Elliott Smith, Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Nick Drake
-Andrew Ripp~ Forever After Love Exclusive Sampler
Related Artists-Brandi Carlile, Ryan Adams, Brook Fraser, The Civil Wars, Van Morrison
-The Civil Wars~ Live from Eddie’s Attic
Related Artists-Adele, Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Feist, Fleet Foxes
*For all of the fans of other genres, Noisetrade offers a plethora of hip-hop, gospel, and female singer-songwriters to color your palette. Now go get downloading without the guilt!