Money for Nothing and your MP3s for FREE

by Lynn B. Johnson on April 17, 2009

Amazon Free MP3If the same 25 songs keep showing up in your iTunes randomizer, then it might be time for some new downloads. But who wants to spend money on music when you can buy more important things, like lunch or car insurance or a new hat for pending trips to the beach?

Don’t fret – this intrepid reporter has unearthed a link that connects you to 775 (ok, 774) mp3 files. That’s hours and hours of music. Best of all, the recording industry won’t come after you for illicit downloading, because these are all licensed, legal, and FREE!

The free downloads are courtesy of Amazon.com, and the list includes something for everyone. More than half of the offerings are alternative rock, dance & DJ, and pop, and another third is rock, but with 26 international, 41 jazz, 90 classical and even 26 “miscellaneous” options, you can be pretty sure to find something to soothe your savage iPod.

If you are non-discriminating, you can download entire sampler albums for free. I did this and was pretty happy with what I chose. Of course, the first song I launched in my music player was the Flight of the Conchords’ season-two hit “Hurt Feelings,” so it could be that I was just in a particularly good mood.

In any case, once you’ve chosen a song or album by clicking the “Get MP3” button, you’ll be prompted to log in to Amazon.com. Then they’ll ask you to download the Amazon MP3 Downloader, which is a free application but ultimately not required for downloading. I downloaded and installed the Amazon MP3 Downloader, and found that even when it was active in my toolbar, Amazon.com prompted me to download it again. Your mileage may vary, but I’d be inclined to recommend you skip the software altogether as it’s mostly just a pain. (Sorry Amazon). The one thing I can recommend about it is that it transfers songs directly to your music folder if you ask it to.

Long story short: I was able to download about 100 songs from artists including David Byrne, OMD, Dan Zanes, and Neko Case for free in very little time, and you can bet I’ll be sharing this link with the college students I teach, because faculty evaluations are looming and I need all the help I can get.

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