Jamendo – great online source of free (and almost-free) music

One of my favourite websites — Jamendo — was voted one of Cnet’s 2009 Webware 100 winners. Apparently, this is a big deal, and isn’t bad when you consider it is on the same list as iTunes, last.fm and Amazon MP3. The Luxembourg-based site has only been in operation since 2005 and is basically a music sharing site. It hosts more than 20,000 albums, many of which hold a Creative Commons license that lets users download tracks for free.

I hadn’t been on it for a few weeks — I’ve been getting enough new music from Emusic.com, which I was very disappointed to see wasn’t on the list of winners :down: — so I went to have a look to see what was new. There’s an interesting variety of music, with heaps of artists you wouldn’t normally hear of in a music market dominated by the USA and UK (as New Zealand is). Lots of music from Europe and Latin America. So, anyway, one of the first albums I came across was entripao by entripao, from Argentina. A good selection of slightly electronic, melodic rock. Check out their music…

But the real find was when I replied to a friend request (yes, just like My Opera) from Kris of the French group Borea. She’s the bass player, and she and her partner Fred, with drummer Nico, make up a fine pop group. A number of songs off their album Single Ride are on Jamendo.

If you like it, you can buy it from their site for 4€. Not a bad price, really.

3 thoughts on “Jamendo – great online source of free (and almost-free) music

  1. You're welcome. It's a bit hit and miss, but other than using up bandwidth, you can't really go wrong if the music's free.If you're more into prog rock, then Mindawn (http://www.mindawn.com/) is a good source, but the music's not free. I have to be careful on these sites and resist temptation. The songs from them are easier to slip into the house than a bag from Real Groovy, but Kate keeps a close eye on the credit card statements! 😦

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