Most of the music you find online will cost you at least 99 cents per song to download and keep as your own. Luckily, there are a variety of legal ways to find free music online. Every day, artists and record labels allow fans to download free tracks and free albums as a way of promoting their material. You can create your own CD collection by downloading these free tracks and using a CD burning application to burn your own mix tapes.
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Turn on your computer and open iTunes, Windows Media Player, or any other application with an online music store that is also capable of burning CDs. Make sure you are connected to the Internet and enter the music store section of the application.
Locate the free music available in each of these stores. Most stores will have a free single of the week and other free content available for users. Browse the free music in the store to determine if any of the free songs are to your liking.
Open a web browsing application such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to find additional sources of free music. If the free music in the online store of the CD burning application you are using does not satisfy your needs, you can look for free music on Amazon.com or sites like MP3Fusion.net or Kohit.net. Click on the songs you wish to download and be sure to save them in an easy-to-find location on your hard drive.
Create a playlist of the free music you downloaded within your CD burning application. In iTunes, Windows Media Player, and other applications, you will first need to import the files that you wish to burn. You can do this by dragging the MP3 and other audio files into the main application window. With all of the music imported into your library, you can begin to create a new playlist.
Insert a blank CD into your computer and wait for the CD burning application to recognise the disk. Double-check your playlist of free music and then click the "Burn" or "Start" button to initialise the CD burning process. Depending on the speed of your computer and CD burner, as well as the number of songs on your playlist, the burning process will vary in time.
Wait for the CD to completely finish burning and then eject it from your computer. Play back the CD on an external CD player to make sure that no errors were made during the burning process.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that you read all of the terms and conditions that apply to your free music downloads before downloading any songs or albums.
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