Your guide to download free music

words and graphic by: Telegraphy

 "The word "author" simply means - A persons ownership of  it's creation. If a thought comes to your own mind, it's your property. Therefor, your the author of it."
                                          Telegraphy 2013

Disclaimer:  This artical is intended for the beginner whom is just getting started in the netlabel scene. This step by step instructional is by no means the only way,  just the most popular way of downloading free music.  

That's right.  I'm going to teach you how to steal music - legally. Technically it isn't "stealing" because all music that I will show you how to download will be licensed under Creative Commons, which basically means that the artist release his or her's music for free, without charge.  No, there's no special hacker friendly software required to connect your computer to some remote illegal website out in the middle of the ocean. Nor would you have to risk yourself from the internet police for downloading copyrighted songs.  All that's needed is a little bit of web surfing know how and a open mind.

  I'm going to let you in on the internet's biggest (not to mention - longest) kept secrete. Since it's inception, many adventurous users of the internet knew about it. Now I'm going to pass this along to you.  The internet is filled with tons of "Netlabels". Whats a netlabel you should ask? It's like a record company but instead of selling you their songs for a price, netlabels provide you with their songs for free. No strings attached. No sign-up contracts. No nothing. It's completely free music. You can stream it. You can download it. It's 100% free for you to keep. 

 So, your thinking, free uh. I heard some free music before and it was terrible. It sounded as if someone recorded it on my grandfather's old cassette recorder and the music was nothing but some guy singing in his bathroom. Well, here's another big secrete - The music that comes from these netlabels are so professionally recorded, and so well written, that it's hard to tell weather their an actual record label.
To hear what I mean, click on this link Don't be afraid, it won't bite you. Just click on the play buttons. If you don't see any play buttons or when you press one, nothing happens, you might need to download the latest version of adobe flash . After that, press the play buttons and listen to the music through your headphones. YOU DID REMEMBER YOUR HEADPHONES? RIGHT! Believe me, all music sounds better through a good pair of headphones. Those small tiny speakers on your computer will not reproduce the great sound quality these netlabels have to offer. So always use headphones. You don't know what your missing.

                      Want more website suggestions ?
                             free music archive

  So you've listened to a few songs on the recommended page I gave you or you went out on your own searching. If so, great, your doing awesome. At this point  you may have found one song you really want to download. Here's a painless way of going about it but before we get into that, there's one piece of software you need in order to play the song back after you had downloaded it. A MP3 player is a software program that allows you to play back MP3 files or any other standard audio files such as WAV, FLAC, Ogg, and ACC. Don't worry about all those different "audio file formats" has their called in internet land,  for now we will only concentrate on the MP3 since it's so popular. What's a MP3 you should ask? It's a digital audio file. In other words, it's a song that has been transformed into a digital language only computers can read. In order for your computer to download a audio file, it must read it in a language it can understand. Computers don't talk in guitar chords; no they speak in MP3-ese (Ha Ha). This is why you need a MP3 player to translate this digital language into a song that both you and I can hear.

  Wow, after all of that per-learning about what a MP3 player is and the reason why we have MP3's, it's finally time to do the dirty deed - DOWNLOAD and LISTEN! Most netlabels will have almost the same format for accessing a audio file, which is as follows:

 1) Links to audio files, which goes to say that when you click on something highlighted or click on a object, it takes you to a different place on the web. That highlighted word or object is "linked" to a different place, hence the term "link".  These links are almost always present in the album track listings. They could be highlighted as "download" or in this case it's a arrow pointing down. Hey, arrow pointing down - download - you got it. Your such a smarty pants.


right clicker
right clicker

small menu box appears out of nowhere.

click on "save as"
2) Now hover your pointer over the highlighted or object link and press the right button on your mouse. NOT THE LEFT BUTTON. Believe me, it"s easier this way. Once this is done, a small menu box will appear. Inside of this box is a list of options, one of them being the one we want to "left click" on. 

3) At this point you should receive the Nobel Prize for Science because your technical abilities in science of free music downloading are flawless. Now "left click" like you would normally do, on "Save As". The small menu box will now disappear.

4) Ah, now we are at the final step in our free music download. You've learned about complicated scientific terms and methods used only by a hand full of internet savoy techno-heads to get to this point. You might as well tell your younger siblings that you can download your own music and you don't need their help.  After the small menu box vanishes, another small but different box will take it's place. This box is called the "Save as dialog box". This is were you become the BOSS of your computer. You see, your computer is like a employee of yours. You have to tell your employee what to do. Same thing with your computer. You have to tell it what to do.  So this "save as dialog box" is asking you,"Where do you want me to to save this MP3 and what name do you want it called?" Simple right? Yea you got!

save as dialog

  On the far left of the "Save as dialog box" is a list of folders. These are the main folders in your computer that has been set aside for saving music, photos, and documents. So, which folder do you want to double "left click" on? Hey, I tell you, just wait for that Nobel prize to arrive in the mail because your right on. The "my music" folder is where you want it saved. Your almost done. Your at third base now and ready to go to home plate and win the Nobel prize of Science. One last thing. If there is no name  in the "file name" box at the bottom (which is rare that should happen) type in a name. Now after the MP3 has been named, the final step is to "left click" on "Save".

Progress bar

5)  After clicking on "Save",  the "Save as dialog" box will disappear to make room for a smaller but different box with a long horizontal bar going across it. This box is called the "Progress bar box". It visually represents how much of the MP3 has been downloaded into your computer. Now if the "progress bar" takes several minutes to complete it's travel across, that's OK. Don't panic! Go and grab yourself a cold drink from the fridge. Sometimes the time it takes for a song to download all dependents on how fast your internet connection is. A slow connection = slow download time. A fast connection = faster download time = Awesome!

 6) At this point you have successfully downloaded free music off the internet like a pro. Now it's time to go show off that Nobel Prize by playing back the song you just downloaded. To do just that you have to find that song saved onto your computer. Where did you save it? I'm sure you said, "My Music" as your polishing that Nobel Prize. Go to My Music and find the file, double "left click" on it. The MP3 player in your computer will begin playing that song through your headphones. Sweet!         

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